WILLMAR — A sluggish fifth inning in which the Willmar Stingers gave up four runs resulted in a 4-2 loss to the Waterloo Bucks on Wednesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Jakob Newton gave the Stingers their first run, and only lead in the game, by bringing in Reid Homan in the bottom of the fourth with a hit. Newton is a junior from Florida Tech.

The lead would not last with the Bucks’ stacking four runs in the top of the fifth. The first came off a home run by the lead-off batter Garrett McGowan. Waterloo followed the homer with a three-run double by Paul Steffenson of St. Cloud State University, extending the lead to 4-1.

The Stingers’ Tanner Tweedt brought in Gavin Baker with a single in the bottom of the fifth. But, Willmar was unable to capitalize on the momentum.

Stingers’ right-hander Jack Zigman took the loss, pitching 4-2/3 innings before being pulled for right-hander Kenten Egbert. Egbert, a junior right-hander from Miami of Ohio, allowed no runs over 4-1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking none. He allowed one hit.

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With the loss, the Stingers split the two-game series with the Bucks and now stand at 7-3 for the season. They remain in first place in the Northwoods League’s Great Plains West Division standings, one game ahead of the Bismarck Larks (6-4) and Mankato MoonDogs.

Willmar will host Mankato at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium.





Stingers manager Al Leyva talks to Tyler Small following the conclusion of the inning against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Stingers manager Al Leyva talks to Tyler Small following the conclusion of the inning against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Waterloo right-hander Blaze Pontes was the starting pitcher for the Bucks. Pontes pitched four innings with five strikeouts at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Waterloo right-hander Blaze Pontes was the starting pitcher for the Bucks. Pontes pitched four innings with five strikeouts at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Reid Homan scored the first run of the game for the Stingers in the bottom of the fourth and registered two stolen bases against the Waterloo Bucks at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Reid Homan scored the first run of the game for the Stingers in the bottom of the fourth and registered two stolen bases against the Waterloo Bucks at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

Waterloo 4,

Willmar 2

Waterloo 000 040 000-4 4 3
Willmar 000 110 000-2 7 2
Hitting - Waterloo: Paul Steffensen 1-4 2b rbi-3, Gabe Garcia 1-4, Garrett McGowan 1-4 r hr rbi, Emiliano Gonzalez 0-2 r hbp, Daniel Irisarri 1-4 r, Gabe Baldovino 0-2 r bb, Willmar: Gavin Baker 0-4 r, Tyler Small 2-4, Tanner Tweedt 1-4 rbi, Reid Homan 0-4 r, Asa Awbrey 0-3 bb, Steve Ramirez III 0-3, Carter Howell 1-1, Jakob Newton 2-4 rbi, Brady Counsell 1-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Waterloo: Blaze Pontes 4-4-1-0-1-5, Cameron Repetti (W, 1-0) 5-3-1-0-0-4 Willmar: Jack Zigan (L, 1-1) 4 2/3-3-4-4-1-4, Kenten Egbert 4 1/3-1-0-0-0-7