WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers scored nine runs in the first four innings, then held off Rochester from chipping away a six-run lead and defeated the Honkers 10-7 on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Stingers, led by Alex Reyes' six runs batted in, ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 14-8 in the Northwoods League North Division second-half standings.
The Stingers are a game behind first-place Eau Claire and get a chance to make up ground on the Express with a pair of games in Eau Claire today and Sunday.
Against Rochester, the Stingers cobbled together three-run innings in the first, second and fourth innings.
The Honkers scraped together three runs in the seventh and eighth to close within two at 9-7 but Willmar's Caleb Ledbetter singled in Nolan Bumstead with an insurance run in the eighth and Calvin Coker earned the save with a one-two-three ninth.
Reyes doubled twice and drove six runs. Bumstead had three hits and scored four times and Danny Rodriguez also had three hits, an RBI and scored a run.
Ledbetter had two hits and drove in a pair and Marcus Still and Tyler Reichenborn both had two hits.
Willmar 10, Rochester 7
Rochester 110 110 210-7 6 1
Willmar 330 300 01x-10 16 4
Hitting - Rochester: Ryan Fitzpatrick 1-3 hr rbi-3 r-2, Weston Hatten 2-5 rbi r-2 ... Willmar: Luke Becker 1-5 r, Marcus Still 2-4 r-2, Nolan Bumstead 3-4 rbi r-4, Danny Rodriguez 3-4 rbi r, Josh Bissonette 1-4 r, Alex Reyes 2-4 2b-2 rbi-6, Caleb Ledbetter 2-5 rbi-2, Tyler Reichenborn 2-3 2b r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rochester: Drew Slade (L) 4-13-9-9-2-3, Ryan Dorney 4-3-1-0-2-2 ... Willmar: Gus Varland (W) 6-5-4-4-2-8, Stone Kelly 0-1-2-2-3-0, Connor Jahn 1-0-0-0-1-0, Nick Mears 1-0-1-0-1-1, Calvin Coker (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-1