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Local Roundup: Stingers open second half with victory

Willmar's Josh Bissonette tags out Waterloo's Deoin Thompson at second base for a caught stealing during Wednesday night's game. CURT HOGG / TRIBUNE1 / 5
Willmar Stingers pitcher Nick Lackney delivers a pitch on Wednesday night against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium. CURT HOGG / TRIBUNE2 / 5
Willmar's Josh Bissonette fields a grounder and sets for a throw to first base during Wednesday night's game against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium. CURT HOGG / TRIBUNE3 / 5
Willmar's Josh Bissonette watches a home run sail over the left field fence on Wednesday night against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium. CURT HOGG / TRIBUNE4 / 5
Willmar's Tyler Reichenborn takes a pitch for a ball during Wednesday night's game against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium. CURT HOGG / TRIBUNE5 / 5

WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers' second half got started just like their first half did: with a win.

Josh Bissonette went 3-for-5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle and Connor Jahn recorded a 2-2/3 inning save as the Stingers defeated the Bucks 6-5 on Wednesday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Waterloo, which went 24-12 to finish one game back of first place over the season's first half, jumped out to a 3-0 lead against left-hander Nick Lackney in the first inning.

Sparked by a Bissonette homer to lead off the inning, Willmar (20-17, 1-0 2nd half) rallied with a four-run third to claim a lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

Danny Rodriguez scored from third base on a balk with two out to cut the deficit to 3-2, and Tyler Reichenborn followed with a two-run single to give the Stingers the lead.

Luke Becker went deep to pad the Willmar lead to open the fourth inning, and Bissonette followed with a double to right field. The Baylor University product would come around to score on Brady Shockey's single to center field with two outs.

Lackney's outing was bookended with bumpy innings while dominating the Bucks during the middle frames. Waterloo recorded just one hit between the second and sixth innings, and that runner was erased immediately on a double play.

Waterloo drew within one run in the seventh on Keaton Presley's two-run home run, and Jahn took over for Lackney with a runner on second and one out. Jahn retired the side without any further damage and cruised to the finish line, leaving the tying run on second base in the ninth.

Brady Shockey went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Stingers.

Willmar 6, Waterloo 5

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Hitting - Waterloo: Keaton Presley 1-3 hr r rbi-2, Brandon Gutzler 1-3 r rbi ... Willmar: Luke Becker 1-5 hr r rbi, Marcus Still 0-3 bb-2 sb, Josh Bissonette 3-5 hr 2b r-2 rbi, Brady Shockey 4-4 r rbi, Eli Wilson 1-3 r, Tyler Reichenborn 1-3 rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Waterloo: Zachary Patterson (L) 2.2-3-4-4-5-2, Alec Hernandez 1-3-2-2-0-0, Tyler Booth 1.1-1-0-0-0-1, Nathan Walker 3-3-0-0-0-1 ... Willmar: Nick Lackney (W) 6.1-6-5-5-3-2, Connor Jahn (SV) 2.2-0-0-0-2-3

Amateur Baseball

Raymond 2, Marshall 0

There was one Rocket still glaring the day after Independence Day.

Raymond's Alex Lotthammer tossed a no-hitter against the Marshall A's Wednesday, striking out 14 batters in the process. Only four walks and one Rocket error kept Lotthammer from a perfect game.

Marshall's Travis McGlauflin was also strong but Raymond was able to break through in the seventh and eighth innings to take the 2-0 lead. That was all Lotthammer needed, though.

McGlauflin finished with a pair of earned runs in 7-1/3 innings pitched. He also had eight strikeouts.

Calvin Kosminskas drove in Kyle Knott in the seventh with what proved to be the game-winning run. Knott's RBI double in the eighth ended up being unneeded insurance.

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Hitting - Raymond: Tyler Steen 1-4 r, Kyle Knott 2-4 2b rbi r, Justin Koenen 2-4, Calvin Kosminskas 1-4 rbi, Zach Nelson 1-1 ... Marshall: None

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Alex Lotthammer (W) 9-0-0-0-4-14 ... Marshall: Travis McGlauflin (L) 7.1-4-2-2-1-8, Derek Schlangen 0.2-2-0-0-0-1, Derek Branson 1-1-0-0-0-0

Legion Baseball

Kerkhoven 5, Willmar 1

Ryan Torkelson tossed a gem before handing things off to Weston Gjerde, who needed only one out to guide Kerkhoven past Willmar on Wednesday in Kerkhoven.

Kerkhoven scored a pair of runs in the second and third innings and added one more in the fourth inning to rack up five runs off ten hits. Ryan Torkelson and Dylan Rudningen each joined Gjerde with multi-hit games.

Torkelson tossed 6-2/3 innings and only allowed three hits with five strikeouts.

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Hitting - Willmar: Brady Bauman 1-3, Tyler Johnson 1-3, Blake VandenEinde 1-3 ... Kerkhoven: Weston Gjerde 2-3 rbi, Ryan Torkelson 2-3 2b rbi, Caleb Collins 1-3, Landon Rasmusson 1-3 rbi, Brandin Dahl 1-3, Dylan Rudningen 2-3 rbi, Kyle Meyer 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Matt Flaig (L) 3-8-4-2-1-2, Brandon Elseth 3-2-1-0-1-1 ... Kerkhoven: Ryan Torkelson (W) 6.2-3-1-1-5-5, Gjerde 0.1-0-0-0-0-0

GFW 4, Hector 3

Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop edged Hector in a tight Legion battle.

Dawson Best went 3-for-4 for Hector and held the 7-5 hit advantage but GFW was able to squeak out one more run.

Hitting - Hector: Dawson Best 3-4 r-2, Dane Daak 1-3, Nathan Schultz 2-4 rbi-2 r, Kaden Zanoth 1-3 ... Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop: Brendan Kienlen 2-3 rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Hector: Austin Pagenkopf (L) 5.2-5-4-2-2-4, Stefan Johnson 0.1-0-0-0-0-0 ... Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop: Tanner Wenniger (W) 7-7-3-2-2-11

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