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Stingers' homer streak ends but runs keep flowing

WILLMAR--The Willmar Stingers had all systems going on Friday, topping Thunder Bay 9-1 at Bill Taunton Stadium. Ty Tice started for Willmar and pitched a gem. He kept the Border Cats hitless until the fifth inning when he allowed a Joe Gellenbeck...

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Stinger starter Ty Tice tossed a gem against Thunder Bay on Friday going 8 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and one earned run in the 9-1 win. He held the Border Cats hitless until the fifth inning. Jake Schultz / Tribune

WILLMAR-The Willmar Stingers had all systems going on Friday, topping Thunder Bay 9-1 at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Ty Tice started for Willmar and pitched a gem. He kept the Border Cats hitless until the fifth inning when he allowed a Joe Gellenbeck double. The wheels didn't come off, though. Tice kept his hot hand going, setting the next three batters down in order.

The offense showed up in grand fashion but the Stingers' nine-game home run streak came to a close. More importantly, though, the win makes it three in a row and brings the second-half record to 7-3. It also completes a sweep of the two-game set against Thunder Bay in which the Stingers outscored the Border Cats 17-1.

Tice was one out shy of a complete game after allowing a run with two outs in the ninth. The lead was too great, though, and the Stingers were able to close the game easily.

The Stingers scored in four of the first five innings, including a big four-run third highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Devin Foyle. He was the offensive juggernaut of the game, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a double and a triple. Designated hitter Danny Mayer also hit well, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

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Next on the docket for the Stingers is Waterloo. Willmar will take on the Bucks at 7:05 p.m. Today in Waterloo.

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Hitting-Thunder Bay: Anthony Brocato 1-4 rbi... Willmar: Dylan Woods 2-4 r-3, Danny Pardo 1-2 r-2, Greg Lambert 1-4 rbi-2 r, Danny Mayer 3-4 rbi-3 r, Justin Toerner 1-5 r, Devin Foyle 2-4 rbi-3 r, Brandon Perez 1-4 rbi

Pitching-Thunder Bay: Cameron Churchill (L) 4-7-7-7-3-3, Dan McBryan 1-2-1-1-0-2, Austin Paisar 3-2-1-1-2-4 ... Willmar: Ty Tice (W) 8.2-4-1-1-0-9, Jake Johnson 0.1-0-0-0-1-0

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Stingers' right fielder Devin Foyle slides easily into third base after hitting a ball to left center in Friday's game against Thunder Bay. Foyle had a great day, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Jake Schultz / Tribune

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