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Thunder Bay shuts down Stingers

Tribune photo by Ben Brewster Thunder Bay catcher Nick Studer, right, tags out Willmar’s Dan Motl, who was attempting to score on Hutton Moyer’s single to center, during the third inning Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Thunder Bay starter Yuji Suzuki scattered 10 hits and two runs in a complete game performance to beat the Willmar Stingers 8-2 on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

The Stingers fell to 15-10 and lead second-place Mankato by half a game in the Northwoods League North Division second half. They hit the road Saturday for a 6:05 p.m. game at La Crosse.

Suzuki, who pitches for Concordia University in St. Paul, induced contact and kept his pitch count down, walking two and striking out just three.

The Stingers had hits in seven of the nine innings, but couldn’t string much together.

Their best chance came in the seventh when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Dan Motl grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

They also had three runners thrown out on the bases, with two runners caught stealing and Motl getting thrown out at home on Hutton Moyer’s third-inning single.

Brett Barbier broke up the shutout with a ninth-inning two-run home run, his fourth of the season.

Willmar’s Garrett Anderson took the loss, going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits.

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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