WILLMAR - With 46 overall wins and counting, the Willmar Stingers certainly gave their fans plenty to cheer about this season.
They added an exclamation point with a superb effort offensively, defensively and on the mound in a 7-1 win over Rochester on Friday to close out their 2018 regular-season home schedule at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Starter and winner Noah Fluman and relievers Dylan Oliver and Michael Cartwright allowed just six hits and a fourth-inning solo home run, and the Stingers played error-free defense behind them.
Tyler Reichenborn had two hits, including a home run, and he drove in two runs, John Trousdale had two hits, drove in a pair and scored twice, and Eric Yang doubled in two runs.
The Stingers remain atop the Northwoods League North Division second-half standings at 24-11 with two regular-season games remaining at Thunder Bay, which entered Friday with just nine second-half wins. The Stingers and Border Cats play at 6:35 p.m. Saturday and at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.
The Northwoods League playoffs begin Monday.
Rochester 000 100 000-1 6 1
Willmar 000 340 00x-7 8 0
Hitting - Rochester: Christian Robinson 1-3 hr rbi r, Matt Hardy 2-4 ... Willmar: Matt Rudick 2-3 r, Joey Ortiz 0-2 r, Nic Hernandez 1-4 r, John Trousdale 2-4 2b rbi-2 r-2, Tyler Reichenborn 2-4 hr rbi-2 r-2, Eric Yang 1-4 2b rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rochester: Cole Quintanilla (W) 4-4-3-3-2-2, Nick Simak 1-4-4-4-1-1, Erik Edminster 1-0-0-0-1-1, Nate Webb 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Willmar: Noah Fluman (W) 5-4-1-1-1-2, Dylan Oliver 3-2-0-0-1-1, Michael Cartwright 1-0-0-0-2-0