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Northwoods League: Pitching shines again for Stingers

Steven Brooks tosses 8 shutout innings in Willmar’s 4-0 win over Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers won another one from the Waterloo Bucks and the star of the show was Steven Brooks.

Willmar beat Waterloo 4-0 before 1,112 fans Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Brooks tossed eight shutout innings. The freshman right-hander from California Polytechnic State University struck out six and walked one, allowing four hits. He threw 98 pitches. He improved his record to 2-0 and has a 2.12 earned-run average. In 17 innings, he has struck out 14 and walked five. His other pitching win came July at Bismarck.

Waterloo mounted a serious threat in the ninth, loading the bases. John Bezdecik struck out the side in the ninth, allowing two hits. Bezdicek, a left-hander from Plymouth and Kennesaw State University, is 2-1 with three saves. He has a 2.53 ERA with 20 strikeouts and four walks in 10-⅔ innings.

Will Safford led the Stingers offensively, going 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch, two runs and two RBIs. Safford Safford is a second baseman from Louisiana State University who was batting ninth Tuesday. He’s hitting .241 with a .353 on-base percentage in 19 games.

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Willmar has won five straight and beaten the Bucks in four of those, including Saturday and Sunday in Iowa.

Waterloo and Willmar conclude their three-game series in Willmar at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar 4, Waterloo 0

Waterloo    000   000   000-0   6   1
Willmar      020   000   02x-4   6   1
Hitting - Waterloo: Cameron Cromer 1-4, Levi Usher 0-3 bb, Ryan Guardino 1-4, Liam Critchett 1-4, Shaydon Kubo 2-4, Mason Dobie 1-3 … Willmar: Brett Bateman 1-4 2b bb, Zac Corbin 1-3 rbi bb-2, Joey Walls 1-4 bb, Will Hodo 0-1 rbi bb-2, Aidan Byrne 1-5, Josh Fitzgerald 0-2 r-2 bb hbp sb-2, Jake Entrekin 0-3 r bb, Will Safford 2-3 r rbi-2 hbp 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Waterloo: Cameron Hagan (L, 0-1) 2-2-2-2-3-4, Harrison Durow 3-3-0-0-0-4, Blake Benson 2-0-0-0-1-3, Aaron Treloar 1-1-2-2-4-2 … Willmar: Steven Brooks (W, 2-0), John Bezdicek  1-2-0-0-0-3

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