WILLMAR - For the third-straight game, the Willmar Stingers have struggled to rustle up some offense and for the third-straight game, they've come up on the short end of the scoreboard.
St. Cloud used five arms to limit the Stingers to just three hits in an 8-3 win on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Rox' Hance Smith hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, Brett Bonar hit a solo shot in the sixth and St. Cloud tacked on three more runs on three hits in the eighth.
Sam Baier did almost all the Stingers' damage, with a single and two stolen bases in the first inning, and then a two-run home run in the third.
The Stingers didn't manage a hit between the fourth and eighth innings, scoring in the ninth when Brandon Bohning doubled, advanced on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.
Willmar, which stood atop the Northwoods League Great Plains division standings late last week, now is in a three-way tie for second behind Bismarck (9-5) with Rochester and Mankato at 8-6, and St. Cloud is at 7-7.
The Stingers entertain Eau Claire for a brief visit and two games on Tuesday-at 11:05 a.m. and 7:05 p.m.-before St. Cloud returns for 7:05 p.m. games on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Stingers then play La Crosse in Alexandria on Friday before returning home to play La Crosse on Saturday and Mankato on Sunday.
St. Cloud 8,
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Hitting - St. Cloud: Garret Nielsen 2-4 2b rbi r-2, Hance Smith 3-4 hr rbi-4 r, Brett Bonar 1-3 hr rbi r-2 ... Willmar: Sam Baier 2-4 hr rbi-2 r, Brandon Bohning 1-4 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - St. Cloud: Justin Simanek 1-1-0-0-0-2, Rhyse Dee 4-1-2-2-3-2, Drew Garrett 1-0-0-0-1-1, Justin Wick 2-0-0-0-2-3, Garret Delano 1-1-1-1-1-1 ... Willmar: Garret Rukes (L) 6-7-5-5-2-5, Gus Cunningham 3-5-3-3-1-3
David Kingery got the win and the save as Tri-Town staved off a late Redwood Valley rally on Monday.
Tri-Town's Connor Barker had three hits and drove in three runs and Jack Peterson and Shelby Shoen both had two hits. Kingery worked five total innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four.
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Hitting - Tri-Town: Connor Barker 3-5 2b rbi-3 r-3, Jack Peterson 2-3 rbi r bb-2, Shelby Shoen 2-5 r-2, Zach Bagley 1-3 rbi, Josh Kingery 0-1 r-3 bb-4, Brady Kruse 0-3 rbi, Jose Posada 0-2 rbi bb-2, Jesse Cardenas 0-2 rbi-2 bb-2, Brock Denton 0-0 bb ... Redwood Valley: Not available
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Tri-Town: David Kingery (W, Sv) 5-2-0-0-0-4, Jaren Kaddatz 2-2-8-2-2-3 ... Redwood Valley: Cade Schiller (L)
Sacred Heart/MACCRAY's Jack Howard fired a one-hitter and Justin Schrupp had two hits and drove in two runs in a win over Hector on Monday.
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Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Jacob Grund 1-4 r, Rhys Schwitters 2-4 2b rbi, Jack Howard 0-2 r-2, Gabe Henker 1-3 2b r, Justin Schrupp 2-2 2b rbi-2, Brady Kienitz 1-3 rbi ... Hector: Dylan Maiers 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Jack Howard (W) 7-1-0-0-4-13 ... Hector: Maiers (L) 7-7-4-3-4-11
Owen Boerema pitched four strong innings and Carter Block and Avery Liestman both had two hits and drove in two runs to lead Litchfield to a win over Eden Valley-Watkins on Monday night.
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Hitting - Litchfield: Owen Boerema 1-3 r, Cade Marquardt 2-4 2b r, Max Tibbits 1-4 r, Joe Pennertz 3-4 2b rbi r, Carter Block 2-4 2b rbi-2 r-3, Avery Liestman 2-4 rbi-2, Bret Wendlandt 1-2 rbi-2, Josh Johnson 1-3, Tyler Peterson 2-3 r ... Eden Valley-Watkins: Carson Geislinger 1-4 2b rbi-2, Damin Lincoln 2-3 2b rbi r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Boerema (W) 4-2-0-0-0-8, Wendlandt 2-2-2-0-1-3, Pennertz 0-2-4-4-4-0, Peterson (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Eden Valley-Watkins: Geislinger (L) 7-15-8-5-1-3
Granite Falls 9,
Granite Falls took full advantage of nine Minneota walks in a win on Monday.
Granite's Ayden Friese had three hits and drove in a run and Dalton Anderson had two hits and an RBI.
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Hitting - Granite Falls: Carter Sneller 1-3 r-2, Bennett Knapper 0-1 r, Nikson Knapper 0-1 r, Tate Schulte 0-0 r, Caleb Jans 0-2 rbi, Angel Jimenez 0-1 rbi-3, Asa Ulferts 0-1 r, Ayden Friese 3-4 rbi r, Dalton Anderson 2-3 rbi, Nicky Lindstrom 0-0 r-2 ... Minneota: Tate Walerius 2-2 r, Thomas Hennen 1-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Ty Schulte 2-2-1-0-1-1, Jared Martin (W) 2-3-1-1-0-0, Ulferts 1-2-2-1-2-1, Jimenez 2-0-0-0-1-0 ... Minneota: Walerius (L) 3-4-4-4-6-1, Sam Buysee 1-1-4-3-2-0, Ted Pesch 3-1-1-1-1-4