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Rochester extends Stingers’ skid to five

WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers’ scoring woes continued on Thursday in a 7-2 loss to the Rochester Honkers at Bill Taunton Stadium.

The Stingers lost their fifth-straight game and they haven’t scored more than two runs in any of those losses. They’ve scored just eight runs during the losing streak.

The Stingers, now 4-5 in the Northwoods League North Division second half, play the second of a two-game set against the Honkers 7:05 p.m. today at Taunton Stadium.

The top of the Honkers’ order killed the Stingers.

Matt Fielder was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, Ryan Webberley homered and drove in two runs, and clean-up hitter Mark Contreras also homered. The trio had all six Honkers’ RBIs.

Willmar again had its chances but couldn’t come through when it mattered.

The Stingers banged nine hits off three Rochester pitchers and the Honkers issued six walks. But the Stingers stranded 12 runners after leaving 10 on the night before in a loss to Madison.

The Stingers’ Dan Motl was 2-for-4 and Brian Pruett and Lucas Tancas both doubled and drove in runs.

After Rochester leaves Willmar, the Thunder Bay Border Cats (3-6) invade Bill Taunton Stadium for a two-game series with the fifth-place Stingers on Saturday (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday (6:05 p.m.).