Eight Stingers set to return in 2019
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers announced Friday that seven players from last summer's team and one from the 2017 Stingers will be back with the squad for the 2019 season.
Tyler Reichenborn (Saint Louis University), Jayson Newman (California State University - Northridge), Cal Elvers (Miami University), Bryant Claunch (University of North Alabama), Matt Ornelas (Nova Southeastern University), Luke Chevalier (Northern State University), Trevor Divinski (Minnesota State University-Mankato), and Jake Marsh (Bethel University) are the first group of returning players to commit for next summer.
The 2019 season will mark the Stingers organization's 10th in the Northwoods League.
"We are excited to have each of these guys back as part of our team next season," Stingers co-owner Ryan Voz said. "Having a solid group of returning players will provide great leadership for the rest of our roster."
Reichenborn, a junior outfielder from Blaine, is back for his third season to roam the outfield at Bill Taunton Stadium. Reichenborn was in the lineup nearly every day this past summer, playing in 60 of the 72 games. Reichenborn's .327 batting average was second on the team last summer and his 70 hits led the team.
Newman, a senior pitcher, will once again pose a threat both on the mound and as a designated hitter. Leading the team in saves (10), Newman struck out 53 batters in his 31.1 innings pitched. Newman also led the team in home runs (8) and was second in runs batted in (31).
Elvers, a junior catcher, proved himself to be an asset behind the plate for Field Manager Bo Henning. In the 24 games, Elvers posted a .271 batting average with five doubles and 15 walks. One of Elvers' best games as a Stinger came in a 12-5 win on the road against Eau Claire where he went 2-4 with a double, home run and had three RBI.
Claunch, a junior pitcher came out of the bullpen for the Stingers. In 16 appearances, Claunch was 3-1 with a 2.07 ERA and proved to be a late-inning stopper with 16 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched.
Ornelas, a sophomore pitcher was a dynamic addition to the roster during last summer for the Stingers. He made six starts posted a perfect 4-0 record. Ornelas nearly averaged a strikeout per inning pitched as well, fanning 28 batters in 33.1 innings on the mound.
Chevalier, a senior pitcher makes his return to the Stingers after playing for the team in 2017. Chevalier was 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 50.2 innings pitched and had 33 strikeouts. During this past summer in the Cape Cod League for the Cotuit Kettleers, he had a 3-0 record with 25 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
Divinski, a sophomore pitcher was fifth on the team in innings pitched (45.1) over nine total appearances. Divinski had a 2-1 record and posted a 2.77 ERA with 30 strikeouts with only 10 walks.
Marsh, a junior pitcher, was yet another strikeout machine for the Stingers bullpen in 2018. In just 19.2 innings on the mound, Marsh struck out 16 batters while only walking two. On June 3, in a game against Waterloo, Marsh struck out four of the seven batters he faced to help the Stingers gain a win on the road.
Eli Slagter's third-period goal pulled the Willmar WarHawks within a goal of Wausau, but the RiverWolves' Ben Brown put the game on ice with a short-handed goal in the final minute on Friday at the Willmar Civic Center.
Willmar's Jacob May scored a first-period goal on assists from Connor Rollo and Brandon Holt, and Holt assisted on Slagter's goal.
The WarHawks and RiverWolves play again at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center.
Wausau 1 2 1 — 4
Willmar 1 0 1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD — Wau: Deniss Berdniks (Rollie Carlson) 7:25 pp ... Wil: Jacob May (Connor Rollo, Brandon Holt) 16:19 sh
SECOND PERIOD — Wau: Cale Bowman (Sean Johnston) 7:12 ... Wau: Devin Hultberg 11:17
THIRD PERIOD — Wil: Eli Slagter (Holt) 6:39 ... Wau: Ben Brown 19:16 sh
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Wausau: Alexandr Giley saves/shots NA ... Willmar: Lucas Ehrlich saves/shots NA