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.
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.