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NWL: Stingers move into three-way tie for first

ROCHESTER -- Justin Thaxton singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, and the Willmar Stingers beat the Rochester Honkers 7-3 on Friday at Mayo Field to move into a three-way tie for first place.

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ROCHESTER - Justin Thaxton singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, and the Willmar Stingers beat the Rochester Honkers 7-3 on Friday at Mayo Field to move into a three-way tie for first place.

The Willmar third baseman plated Tyler Leffler with a base hit to centerfield off Rochester reliever Patrick Duester, helping the Stingers improve to 14-9.
They are tied for first in the Northwoods League North Division with the Honkers and the St. Cloud Rox.
Dakota Belter got the win, pitching a clean 1.1 innings in relief of starter Kiko Garcia.
Willmar tacked on three runs in the ninth, but it had been a back-and-forth game to that point.
Brian Pruett had two hits and drove in the first run of the game to put the Stingers up 1-0 in the second inning.
After the Honkers tied it in the third, Lucas Tancas grounded into a bases-loaded double play in the sixth to score Troy Dixon and give Willmar the lead again, and a batter later Kyle Gilbert scored the Stingers’ third run on a passed ball by Rochester catcher Sam Hall.
The Honkers tied it back up in the seventh before Thaxton’s single gave Willmar the lead for good.
Garcia allowed three runs on five hits and struck out five.
Brady Anderson pitched the final 1.1 innings and picked up his fourth save of the season.
Gilbert, Thaxton, Tancas and Pruett each had two of Willmar’s 12 hits - all 12 of which were singles.
The Stingers play the final two games of the road trip this weekend, 7:05 p.m. today at Rochester and 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Duluth.

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