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Northwoods League: Stingers win high-scoring affair

Willmar and Mankato combined for 41 hits and six home runs in Stingers’ 21-14 win.

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Graysen Tarlow goes for high-five with a Stingers teammate during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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WILLMAR — Despite trailing the Mankato MoonDogs early, the Stingers did not flinch en route to a 21-14 football-esque victory Thursday evening before 1,048 fans at Bill Taunton Stadium.

In the high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, the two teams were responding to each other all night long in a game that saw six home runs, until Tucker Novotny entered the game for the Stingers.

In 4-2/3 relief innings, Novotny struck out 11 of 14 batters to earn his second save this season. He allowed five hits and two runs, including a solo home run from Charles McAdoo — McAdoo’s second of the night — in the eighth inning.

Outside of McAdoo, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs, four others hit home runs. There was one from MoonDog Sean Ross and three from Stingers Will Safford, Carson Hake and Jake Entrekin.

Ross’ solo home run opened up the scoring on the game’s second at-bat.

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Stingers shortstop Scott Anderson smiles after reaching second base in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Safford went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, three runs, two walks, a pair of doubles and a three-run home run in a three-run fifth inning. Hake went 2-for-4 with four runs, two walks, an RBI, a double and a solo home run in a three-run seventh inning. Entrekin went 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run with a solo home run in a two-run eighth inning.

Mankato led 8-3 after the top of the second inning. Seven of Mankato’s 14 runs came in the second inning. McAdoo highlighted the inning with a two-run home run.

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Willmar scored three or more runs in five innings, out-hitting the MoonDogs 24-17. Seven batters recorded multi-hit performances.

Brett Bateman tallied a team-best six hits in seven at-bats, recording four runs, an RBI and a stolen base.

Scott Anderson tied Safford for a team-best five RBIs. He went 2-for-4 with a double and was hit by a pitch.

The Stingers seemed to always have a response whenever Mankato scored runs.

Ten Stingers recorded at least one hit. Nine MoonDogs tallied at least one hit.

The Stingers (21-4 second half, 42-17) are tied for first place in the Great Plains West Division with the St. Cloud Rox. Willmar will look to secure the two-game series sweep of the MoonDogs at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Stingers center fielder Brett Bateman makes contact with the ball at the plate in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Willmar 21, Mankato 14

Mankato    170   130   011-14   17   5
Willmar      346   030   32x-21   24   3
Hitting - Mankato: Kai Roberts 1-6 r rbi, Sean Ross 2-5 bb hr r-2 rbi-2, Brendan Hord 3-5 bb r-2 rbi, Ariel Armas 2-5 bb r roe rbi-3, Orlando Salinas 1-4 r rbi, Charles McAdoo 3-5 hr-2 r-2 rbi-4, Dustin Crenshaw 1-4 bb, Joel Vaske 2-5 sb 2b r-2, Mikey Gottschalk 2-4 bb r-3 rbi… Willmar: Brett Bateman 6-7 sb r-4 rbi, Zac Corbin 2-4 bb-3 sb-3 r-3 rbi, Joey Walls 0-0 hbp r, Nick Terrell 2-5 sb r-2 rbi, Scott Anderson 2-4 hbp 2b rbi-5, Graysen Tarlow 3-5 sb r rbi, Drey Dirksen 1-3 bb-2 rbi-2, Jake Entrekin 1-1 hr r rbi, Jordan Sagedahl 1-6 sb 2b r-2, Carson Hake 2-4 bb-2 2b hr r-4 rbi, Will Safford 4-4 bb-2 2b-2 hr r-3 rbi-5
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Mankato: Mitchel Casperson 2-6-7-7-2-4, Nick Shubert (L) 0.1-4-6-4-2-0, Owen Little 2.2-5-3-3-4-1, Sky Wells 2-5-3-1-1-2, Tim Scarlett 1-4-2-2-0-1… Willmar: Jack Zigan 2-8-8-3-0-1, Michael Chevalier 2.1-4-4-3-5-4, Tucker Novotny (W) 4.2-5-2-2-0-11

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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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