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Stingers' late surge trips up Bucks

WILLMAR — Jack Ross was 3-for-4 and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning, and Reagan Fowler knocked in three runs to help the Willmar Stingers rally past the Waterloo Bucks 6-3 Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

The Bucks led 3-1 after four innings before the Stingers tied it up in the fifth on Dan Motl’s sacrifice fly and Fowler’s fielder’s choice. The Stingers then went down 1-2-3 in the sixth before batting around in the seventh.

Ross opened the frame with his second single of the game and after a groundout moved to third base on Motl’s double to left field.

Brian Pruett then loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch. The bases didn’t stay full long as Fowler followed with a single to knock in Ross and Motl, but Fowler was tagged out trying to advance to second.

But the Stingers loaded the bases again after Nick Rivera got hit by a pitch and Casey Hughston drew a walk. Pruett then capped the scoring by coming home from third when the Waterloo shortstop made an error trying to field Brett Barbier’s groundball.

The three-run frame allowed Garrett Anderson to earn the win in relief of starter Matt Snyder. Anderson tossed three scoreless innings after Snyder exited after striking out five and scattering nine hits in six innings of work.

Ross scored the Stingers’ first run after leading off the third with a triple and coming home on Motl’s flyball to left field.

The teams square off again today in Willmar at 7:05 p.m. before the Stingers host a doubleheader with the St. Cloud Rox on Thursday starting at 6:05 p.m.