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NWL: Stingers can’t solve MoonDog pitchers

MANKATO -- Mankato's Austin Warner struck out eight in five innings and the MoonDogs downed the Willmar Stingers 5-3 on Monday at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.

MANKATO - Mankato’s Austin Warner struck out eight in five innings and the MoonDogs downed the Willmar Stingers 5-3 on Monday at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.
The Stingers fell to 2-3 and sixth place in the Northwoods League North Division. They play 7:05 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium in a rematch with the MoonDogs.
Willmar didn’t score until the sixth inning when Dan Motl led off with a double, stole third, and scored on a throwing error by Warner.
Sean Beesley, who had been hit by a pitch, took third on the throwing error and scored on Lucas Tancas’ sacrifice fly to center field to make the score 5-2.
The MoonDogs got to Stingers’ starter Bradley Bailey early, going up 1-0 in the first on Kaden Moore’s RBI double.
In the second, after a hit batter and Craig Nennig double, two more Mankato runs scored on an error by Willmar shortstop Paul Funk.
The MoonDogs increased their lead with a run in the fifth on catcher Zach Taylor’s error and a run in the sixth on Sulliam Rios Reyes’ fielder’s choice.
Bailey took the loss, working four innings and allowing one earned run.
Warner won, surrendering two hits and one run.
Willmar struck out 12 times in the game off Warner and three Mankato relievers.

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