Stingers edge Rox for third-straight win
WILLMAR - Wins aren't always pretty and the Willmar Stingers got one of them against St. Cloud on Wednesday. Justin King's home run, another run scored on a double play and an unearned run in the seventh gave the Stingers a 3-2 win over the Rox a...
WILLMAR - Wins aren't always pretty and the Willmar Stingers got one of them against St. Cloud on Wednesday.
Justin King's home run, another run scored on a double play and an unearned run in the seventh gave the Stingers a 3-2 win over the Rox at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Stingers have won three straight and are 11-6 overall, leading the Great Plains division by a game over Rochester and Bismarck. The Stingers take on the Rox again at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Stingers starter Jack Zigan was effective despite walking four in five innings. He allowed one earned run and struck out three. Willmar relievers Casey Cobb and Aldo Fernandez combined for three hitless innings.
St. Cloud took a 2-0 with runs in the fourth and fifth inning, but Willmar's Justin King led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, and Branden Boissiere followed with a single and came around on a wild pitch to tie the game.
In the seventh, Sam Baier was hit by a pitch, stole second and took third on Brandon Bohning's single. John Trousdale bounced into a double play but Baier scored the go-ahead run
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Hitting - St. Cloud: Jordan Barth 1-4 rbi, Tyler Finke 1-2 rbi ... Willmar: Brendon Bohning 2-4, Sam Baier 0-2 r bb, Justin King 2-4 hr rbi r, Noah Haupt 1-3, Branden Boissiere 1-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - St. Cloud: Ryan Swanson 5-5-2-1-4-3, Joey Stock 1-0-0-0-1-2, Blake Stelzer (L) 2-1-1-1-0-2 ... Willmar: Jack Zigan 6-5-2-1-1-5, Casey Cobb (W) 2-0-0-0-0-2, Aldo Fernandez (Sv) 1-0-0-0-1-0
A five-run sixth inning helped Willmar VFW Post 1639 erase a one-run deficit and five more in the seventh signalled the end for Hutchinson on Wednesday in Hutchinson.
Willmar's Dylan Arndorfer had two hits, including a triple, and he drove in three runs. Jett Salonek had three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Sam Raitz had two hits, an RBI and he scored twice.
Sam Etterman tripled and scored twice and he got the win in relief, allowing a hit and striking out three over three innings.
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Hitting - Willmar: Dylan Arndorfer 2-5 3b rbi-3 r-2, Andrew Baumgart 1-5 rbi r-2, Jett Salonek 3-4 rbi-2 r, Zach Schultz 0-0 r bb-2, Asaiah Smith 1-5 rbi, Dalton Ogdahl 1-4, Hunter Magnuson 1-5 2b r, Joe Price 0-2 r, Sam Etterman 1-1 3b r-2, Sam Raitz 2-3 rbi r-2 ... Hutchinson: Javan Olmscheid 2-3 2b r, Owen Weisenberger 1-3 rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Salonek 4-5-3-2-1-6, Etterman (W) 3-1-0-0-0-3 ... Hutchinson: Tyler Hart (L) 5.1-10-7-5-2-0, Olmscheid 0.2-2-5-3-1-0, Isaac Stark 1-0-0-0-2-0