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Northwoods League: Willmar Stingers snap skid with power display

Drey Dirksen goes 4-for-4 and Sam Daly homers in 9-3 win

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers snapped a four-game losing streak after getting a 9-3 victory against the Minnesota Mud Puppies on Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar High School grad Drey Dirksen led a nine-hit explosion for the Stingers. The Augustana University sophomore went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. In six games this season, Dirksen is hitting for a .529 average.

Sam Daly also put together a strong offensive outing for Willmar. The Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) junior hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. He finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

Jack Habeck got the win on the mound, improving his record to 2-0. The St. Cloud State redshirt sophomore had two strikeouts over seven innings of work. Former New London-Spicer standout Will Roguske tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Roguske, a redshirt freshman at Illinois State, struck out two, giving up one hit and no walks.

The Stingers and Mud Puppies meet again at 7:05 p.m. Monday back at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Sunday

Willmar 9, Minnesota 3

Minnesota   010   020   000-3   8   0
Willmar        103   122   00x-9   9   2
Hitting - Minnesota: Ben Vujovich 1-4, Cam Hunter 1-3 bb, Teddy Deters 2-4 2b hr r rbi, Jackson Hauge 1-4 2b, Jack Leverenz 2-4 r, Alex Baumann 1-3, Carter Hendrickson 0-3 rbi sf, Trett Joles 0-4 r … Willmar: Aidan Byrne 1-4 r rbi bb sb, Drey Dirksen 4-4 2b-2 r-2, Sam Daly 2-3 hr r-2 rbi-5 sf, Will Hodo 1-3 rbi sf, Brett Bateman 1-4 r sb, Elias Stevens 0-2 r-2 rbi bb-2, Tim Pokornowski 0-3 rbi, JT Navyac 0-3 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnesota: Ty Valiton (L, 0-1) 5-7-7-7-3-4, Ryan Hulke 3-2-2-2-1-3 … Willmar: Jack Habeck (W, 2-0) 7-7-3-2-1-2, Will Roguske 2-1-0-0-0-2 

Saturday

Duluth 9, Willmar 5

The Willmar Stingers fell short in a loss to the Duluth Huskies before 610 fans at Wade Stadium.

A late rally fell short.

Aidan Byrne, the redshirt freshman from Eagan who attends Minnesota-State Mankato, went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs for Willmar. He is batting .423 this season.

The Stingers have conceded back-to-back sweeps, having lost two to Eau Claire at home last week.

Willmar    000   000   122-5   12   1
Duluth     000   114   21x-9   12   2
Hitting - Willmar: Brett Bateman 1-5 r, Aidan Byrne 2-5 2b rbi-2, Elias Stevens 1-5 r-2, Drey Dirksen 2-3 r bb, Sam Daly 2-4 2b rbi-2, JT Navyac 1-4, Will Hodo 2-4 r rbi, Tim Pokornowski 1-1 … Duluth: JD Rogers 3-5 2b rbi sb, Cam Frederick 1-4 r bb, Kristian Campbell 2-3 r-3 rbi hbp-2, Eduardo Noruera 2-4 2b rbi, Devin Hurdle 1-4 r sb, Noah Marcelo 1-4 hr r rbi-4, Michael Sarhatt 1-3 r, Jake Christianson 1-1 r, Tyler Leroy 0-3 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Sam Malec (L, 0-1) 6-6-6-5-2-7, Caleb Saari 1-3-2-1-0-2, Logan Samuels 1-3-1-1-0-0 … Duluth: Harrison Kreiling (W, 1-0) 7-6-1-1-1-7, Mason Burns 1-4-3-3-0-1, Jake Schelonka 1-2-1-1-0-1

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