WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers ran into the Duluth Huskies’ best starting pitcher Sunday and it showed in the final score.
Duluth beat Willmar 7-2 before 803 fans at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The victory enabled the Huskies (11-11 Great Plains East, 23-33 overall) earn a split in the four-game series at Willmar (11-11 Great Plains West, 27-31 overall).
Leading the way for Duluth was Will McEntire. The right-hander from the University of Arkansas improved his record to 5-0 with seven solid innings against the Stingers. He struck out eight, walked one and allowed six hits and one earned run. McEntire has a 2.24 earned-run average this season in 52 1/3 innings, striking out 50 and walking 17.
The loss tarnished an impressive debut for Willmar’s Christopher Campos. The shortstop from Hacienda Heights, California, and Saint Mary’s College (Cal.) went 4-for-4 with an RBI in his Northwoods League debut.
Willmar hits the road for a 6:35 p.m. game Monday against the Waterloo Bucks at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa.
Duluth 7, Willmar 2
Duluth 030 001 120-7 8 0
Willmar 000 000 110-2 10 3
Hitting - Duluth: Michael Brooks 0-4 r bb, Brett Paulsen 1-4 r 2b bb, Mike Boeve 0-4 rbi bb, Peyton Powell 2-5 rbi, Charlie Rhee 0-1 r-2 bb-2 hbp, Drew Grindahl 0-0 hbp, Calyn Halvorson 2-5 r sb, Jake Schelonka 1-1 r rbi, Xavier Carter 0-2 bb-2,Din Neza 2-4 r 2b rbi-2 bb … Willmar: Josh Fitzgerald 0-4 bb, Jakob Newton 1-5, William Hamiter 0-5, Grant Kerry 1-4 r, Derek Hackman 1-4 2b rbi, Jorge Lucero 0-3 r bb, Brady Hill 1-4, Brady Counsell 2-4, Christopher Campos 4-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Duluth: Will McEntire (W, 5-0) 7-6-1-1-1-8, Zach Statzer 1-2-1-1-0-2, Matthew Craven 1-2-0-0-1-0 … Willmar: Kellen Brothers (L, 0-30) 5⅔-5-4-4-3-4, Jeremy Klick 1 1/3-2-1-0-1-2, Clayton Chipchase 1/3-0-2-2-3-0, Will Roguske 1⅔-1-0-0-1-1
Willmar 15, Duluth 9
Willmar native Drey Dirksen had the best game of his Northwoods League career in the Willmar Stingers’ victory Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Dirksen, a Willmar Senior High graduate and catcher for Augustana University, went 4-for-4 with four runs, a double, two homers, four RBI and a walk. Dirksen improved his average to .248 (33 of 133) with seven doubles, five homers and 23 RBI. He has a .315 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage, good for a .729 OPS.
Duluth 021 130 020-9 14 3
Willmar 010 551 21x-15 17 0
Hitting - Duluth: Michael Brooks 1-5 2b rbi, Brett Paulsen 1-5 r, Mike Boeve 1-4 r-2 bb, Ambren Voitik 3-4 r 2b rbi bb sb, Charlie Rhee 2-4 r-2 rbi-2 bb, Calyn Halvorson 1-4 r-2 2b rbi-2 hbp, Ryan McDonald 1-4 rbi bb, Xavier Carter 2-4 r 2b rbi-2 bb, Bryan Broecker 2-5 … Willmar: Josh Fitzgerald 2-5 r 2b rbi bb, Carter Howell 2-5 r-2 rbi-2 bb sb-2, William Hamiter 2-4 2b rbi-2 bb, Grant Kerry 1-4 r-2 hr rbi-2 bb, Jakob Newton 3-4 r-2 2b hbp, Jorge Lucero 1-5 r rbi, Drey Dirksen 4-4 r-4 2b hr-2 rbi-4 bb, Matthew Enck 2-4 r-2 rbi bb, Brett Hammit 0-4 rbi sf
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Duluth: Cameron Pool 4-6-6-6-4-0, Xavier Fosbenner (L, 0-2) 0-4-4-4-0-0, Michael Sarhatt 1-1-1-1-1-0, Richard Kiel 1-1-1-1-0-1, Brody Maynard 2-5-3-3-1-1 … Willmar: Duke Coborn 2-3-2-2-0-1, Jack Blesch 2⅔-5-5-5-4-1, Damon Rademacher (W, 1-0) 2⅔-5-2-2-1-2, Dylan Matela 1⅔-1-0-0-0-1