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PHOTOS: Stingers defeat MoonDogs, Thursday, August 4, 2022

Willmar won 21-14 against Mankato.

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Stingers pitcher Michael Chevalier puts on a smile in the dugout during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — The Stingers scored more than 20 runs in a game for the fourth time this season en route to their 21-14 victory over the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday evening.

Tucker Novotny struck out 11 of 14 batters he faced in 4.2 innings.

Brett Bateman recorded a team-high six hits, while tying Carson Hake for a team-best four runs.

Scott Anderson and Will Safford led the Stingers in RBIs with five each.

Willmar is tied for first in the Great Plains West Division with the St. Cloud Rox. Both teams have 42 wins.

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Here is a photo gallery with 14 photos from Thursday's game:

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Stingers left fielder Will Safford makes contact at the plate in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers center fielder Brett Bateman smiles at right fielder Joey Walls before a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers starting pitcher Jack Zigan fires a warmup pitch toward home plate during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers shortstop Scott Anderson smirks toward the camera during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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Stingers designated hitter Graysen Tarlow hits the ball in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers right fielder Joey Walls smiles before the team faced the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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Stingers third baseman Zac Corbin sprints toward third base in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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Stingers catcher Drey Dirksen asks the umpire to check a swing during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers center fielder Brett Bateman hits the ball in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers second baseman Jordan Sagedahl fires the ball toward first base in a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers first baseman Carson Hake sprints toward third base during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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Stingers starting pitcher Jack Zigan attempts to pick off a base runner during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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Stingers shortstop Scott Anderson hits the ball during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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Stingers pitcher Michael Chevalier fires a warmup pitch toward home plate during a game against the Mankato MoonDogs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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