NWL: Hanson, Motl lead Stingers
MADISON, Wis. -- Tyler Hanson held Madison to one run and Dan Motl scored three times as the Willmar Stingers took down the Mallards 5-1 on Friday at Warner Park.
MADISON, Wis. - Tyler Hanson held Madison to one run and Dan Motl scored three times as the Willmar Stingers took down the Mallards 5-1 on Friday at Warner Park.
The Stingers improved to 5-4 in the Northwoods League North Division. They play 6:05 p.m. today at Madison and host Duluth 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
Hanson, in his second start of the season, kept the Mallards off-balance into the sixth inning, allowing four hits and whiffing four.
He stranded five runners through five innings before getting into trouble with two outs in the sixth by hitting two straight batters with pitches.
Hanson gave way to Davis Adkins, who allowed a runner to score on Cameron Frost’s double, but struck out Manny Ramirez Jr. to end the threat.
Motl ignited Stingers’ rallies in the first, third and fifth innings with a leadoff walk, leadoff single and one-out walk, and came around to score all three times.
The Stingers’ centerfielder also drove in a run in the sixth, with a double to score Billy Quirke and put Willmar up 5-1.
Storm Wilson had an RBI single in the first and drove in another with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Ky Parrott also drove in two on a fifth-inning single and a bases-loaded double play in the third.
After surrendering the run in the sixth, Adkins shut down Madison for two more innings, and Brady Anderson pitched a perfect ninth.