NWL: Stingers bringing back 4 for 2015
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers continue to bring back key contributors from 2014's playoff team, announcing four returning players on Thursday night.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers continue to bring back key contributors from 2014’s playoff team, announcing four returning players on Thursday night.
Signing on for 2015 are outfielders Dan Motl (Minnesota) and Jack Ross (Pepperdine), and pitchers Tyler Hanson (Minnesota) and Phoenix Sanders (Daytona State).
Ross, a sophomore for the Waves, was one of the Stingers’ top hitters, hitting .361 after joining the team in mid-June. He hit four home runs and showed a knack for coming through in the clutch with a string of game-winning RBIs. He drove in a total of 30 runs in just 144 at-bats, while stealing 12 bases and scoring 39 runs.
Motl played well for Willmar before his season ended prematurely due to injury in late July. He hit .285 with 17 stolen bases and 31 runs scored.
Sanders didn’t join the Stingers until July 29, but posted a 0.69 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings over three starts down the stretch. He started Game 1 of the North Division playoffs against the Mankato MoonDogs, finishing six innings with two strikeouts and three earned runs but got a no decision after the MoonDogs rallied late to win 7-4.
Hanson was on a temporary contract and only saw nine innings of work early in the season, but got two wins and didn’t allow a run. He also had three hits in 11 at-bats.
The Stingers’ roster for 2015 now sits at 12 players, and all 12 are returners from last season.