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Northwoods League: Stingers win their 12th straight

Willmar improves to 20-3 in second half with a 14-4 win at La Crosse.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — It’s 12 in a row and counting for the Willmar Stingers.

Willmar won its 12th straight game with a 14-4 victory Monday night over the La Crosse Loggers before 1,750 fans at Copeland Park.

The Stingers remain the hottest team in the Northwoods League, improving their second-half record in the Great Plains West Division to 20-3 and 41-16 overall. Willmar has a four-game lead on first-half champion St. Cloud (17-8, 42-16). La Crosse (11-12, 27-30) is in second place in the Great Plains East.

This one was memorable for the Stingers because Andrew Baumgart recorded his first win for his hometown team. The left-hander from North Dakota went 5-1/3 innings, allowing five hits, striking out two and walking three to improve his record to 1-1.

It was also a big game for one of the newest Stingers, Jordan Sagedahl. The second baseman from BOLD High School and South Dakota State was recently signed after being released by the Bismarck Larks. On Monday, he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run and two RBIs. He is batting .400 (2 of 5) in two games, getting his first action Sunday.

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Willmar also got a home run from Brett Bateman. The center fielder from the University of Minnesota went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs and three RBIs. He’s batting .299 (50 of 167) with one homer, 15 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He has a .393 on-base percentage and a .365 slugging percentage.

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La Crosse is now host to the Major League Dreams Showcase. There are games at 4:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Tuesday showcasing some of the league’s top talent, as determined by scouts. Willmar field manager Freddy Smith will guide one of the teams.

Stingers competing are pitcher John Klein of Minnesota State-Mankato, catcher Drey Dirksen of Augustana and Willmar High School, first baseman Will Hodo of Alabama, second baseman Zac Corbin of Kennesaw State, Bateman, and pitchers Logan Samuels of Montevallo, Dylan Matela of Georgia State and Tucker Novotny of Minnesota.

Willmar 14, La Crosse 4

Willmar          306   000   500-14   13   3
La Crosse      000   022   000-4   7   3
Hitting - Willmar: Zac Corbin 0-5 bb, Joey Walls 2-3 r-2 2b sb, Dalton Pearson 1-2 rbi-2 bb, Will Hodo 1-5 r-2 hr rbi-2 hbp sb, Drey Dirksen 1-4 r-3 2b rbi-2 bb sb, Scott Anderson 1-4 r hbp, Josh Fitzgerald 1-3 r rbi sf, Graysen Tarlow 2-5 r-2 rbi, Jordan Sagedahl 2-4 r 2b rbi-2 bb, Brett Bateman 2-3 r-2 2b hr rbi-3 bb … La Crosse: Jordan Donahue 1-2 r 2b bb-3 sb-2, Xavier Casserilla 1-5 r hr rbi, Blaise Priester 2-2 r 2b bb-2, Dylan King 1-4 r rbi, Luke Leto 1-4, Connor Walsh 0-3 r, Reed Stallman 1-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Andrew Baumgart (W, 1-1) 5.1-5-4-4-3-2, Nolan Kemp (Sv) 3.2-2-0-0-3-7 … La Crosse: Alijah Acevedo (L, 1-1) 2.2-7-8-7-0-0, Brett Stuessel 3.1-1-1-1-1-3, Liam Jones 0.2-3-5-5-3-0, Dylan Lapic 1.1-1-0-0-00-2, Casserilla 1-1-0-0-2-2

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