WILLMAR - It was a night for pitchers on Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Willmar starter Garret Rukes and two Stingers relievers out-dueled a trio of Rochester arms in a 1-0 win.
The first Stingers hitter of the game, Sam Baier, singled and eventually came around to score the game's lone run.
Rukes worked seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out four. Jake Marsh relieved Rukes in the eighth and allowed a hit, and Aldo Fernandez picked up the save setting the Honkers down in order in the ninth.
Rochester's Dwayne Marshall took the loss, allowing the run on four hits while striking out five. Honkers relievers Mike Lopez and Mitchel Allen limited the Stingers to just two hits over the final four innings.
Baier led off the bottom of the first with a single and he then stole second. Baier moved to third on Branden Boissiere's groundout to short, and he scored on Tyler Bosetti's groundout to short.
Cal Elvers had two of the Stingers' six hits, including a double. Evan Berkey (three hits) and Tristan Peterson (two hits) combined for five of the Honkers' six hits.
The Stingers and Honkers play the second game of a two-game set at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Taunton.
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Willmar 100 000 000-1 6 1
Hitting - Rochester: Evan Berkey 3-4, Tristan Peterson 2-4, Logan Denholm 1-4 2b ... Willmar: Sam Baier 1-4 r, Tyler Bosetti 0-4 rbi, Chase Stanke 1-3, Cal Elvers 2-4 2b, John Trousdale 1-4, James Gamble 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rochester: Dwayne Marshall (L) 4-4-1-1-2-5, Mike Lopez 3-2-0-0-0-2, Mitchel Allen 1-0-0-0-0-0 ... Willmar: Garret Rukes (W) 7-5-0-0-1-4, Jake Marsh 1-1-0-0-0-0, Aldo Fernandez (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-1
Tri-Town put together five runs on seven hits in the bottom of the third inning to pull away from Albany with a 7-4 victory on Tuesday.
Zach Bagley was 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored for the Black Sox while Josh Kingery and Brady Kruse also had two hits in the victory. On the mound, David Kingery got the win after striking out eight in a complete-game effort.
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Tri-Town 015 010 x-7 12 1
Hitting - Albany: Stats not provided ... Tri-Town: David Kingery 1-3 2b rbi, Jaren Kaddatz 1-4, Josh Kingery 2-4 r, Connor Barker 1-2 r, Jack Peterson 1-4 r, Zach Bagley 2-2 2b r-3, Brady Kruse 2-3 r rbi, Jose Pasada 1-3 rbi, Jesus Cardenas 1-3 rbi-2, Shelby Shoen 0-2 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Albany: Stats not provided ... Tri-Town: D Kingery (W) 7-8-4-4-0-8
Rockets name HOF class
The Raymond Rockets will induct two team supports and two former players into the Rockets Hall of Fame on July 20.
Former Rocket standouts Jason Meyer and Rudy Vigil and long-time team supporters Ervin and Alice Essendrup are the 2019 HOF class.
The hall ceremony is 12:30 p.m. at Lilleberg Field in Raymond, followed by a lunch and a Rockets game against Hutchinson at 2 p.m.