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Northwoods League: Stingers lose on historic night for Drey Dirksen

Willmar falls 12-9, but Drey Dirksen tallies his 100th career hit.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Stingers have dropped back-to-back games since clinching a playoffs spot after losing 12-9 to the La Crosse Loggers on Monday evening at Copeland Park.

Willmar has dropped two consecutive games for the first time since July 7.

One of the highlights for the Singers was Drey Dirksen recording his 100th career hit on an RBI single. The former Willmar Cardinal and current Augustana Vikings has tallied 47 hits this season, his third season with Willmar.

The Loggers got off to a hot start, scoring nine of their 12 runs in the first two innings. Jack Haley hit a three-run home run in the first inning before La Crosse went through its entire batting order in a six-run second inning.

Haley and Aidan Sweatt led La Crosse with three RBIs and Sweatt led with three hits. Haley went 2-for-5, adding two runs. Sweatt went 3-for-3, tacking on two runs, a pair of walks and a double.

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For Willmar, Jordan Sagedahl hit his third home run in his last two games. It was a two-run home run in the sixth inning, helping to tie the game at 9-9 before La Crosse piled on three runs in the bottom half of the frame.

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Zac Corbin, Joey Walls and Graysen Tarlow all recorded two hits. Corbin is on a six-game hitting streak after going 2-for-5 with two stolen bases, one run and a walk. Walls went 2-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases, two runs and a walk. Tarlow has tallied at least two hits in six of nine games with the Stingers. He went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Brett Bateman extended his hitting streak to nine games. He went 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.

The Stingers (23-6 second half, 44-19 overall) return home for a two-game series against the Bismarck Larks at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

La Crosse 12, Willmar 9

Willmar    130   203   000-9   10   2
La Crosse      360   003   00x-12   11   4
Hitting - Willmar: Brett Bateman 1-3 sb r, Dalton Pearson 0-2 bb, Zac Corbin 2-5 bb sb-2 r, Joey Walls 2-5 bb sb-2 r-2, Will Hodo 1-3 bb hbp r rbi-3, Graysen Tarlow 2-4 hbp rbi-3, Drey Dirksen 1-4 bb r rbi, Jordan Sagedahl 1-5 hr r rbi-2, Nick Terrell 0-4 bb r, Kyle Payne 0-4 bb r… La Crosse: Aidan Sweatt 3-3 bb-2 r-2 rbi-3, Jordan Donahue 1-3 r, Jack Haley 2-5 hr r-2 rbi-3, Blaise Priester 0-2 bb r, Bill Ralston 1-3 bb-2 2b r rbi, Sam Siegel 0-4 bb r rbi, Ricky Reeth 1-5 2b r, Alijah Acevedo 2-5 2b r-2 rbi, Jordan Williams 1-4 r rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jack Habeck 2-6-9-8-2-1, Nolan Kemp 1-0-0-0-2-1, Will Roguske (L) 3-5-3-3-2-6, Andrew Gustafson 2-0-0-0-0-2… La Crosse: Dylan Lapic 1-3-1-1-0-1, Ben Strassman 4-4-5-4-6-3, Liam Jones (W) 3-3-3-3-1-3, Acevedo (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-2

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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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