Stingers strike big blows in win over Rox
McKenzie homers, drives in four runs to pace Willmar
ST. CLOUD — Brennan McKenzie hit a three-run home run and also doubled in a run to lead the Willmar Stingers to an 8-2 win over the St. Cloud Rox on Friday at Joe Faber Field.
Willmar’s James Gamble and Riley Johnson both had two-run singles.
Luke DeGrammont took over for starter Ricky Maddock in the fourth, working 2-1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Relievers Joel Cheatwood and Josh Wintroub got the final 11 outs to wrap up the win.
McKenzie had three hits and four RBIs and Gamble had two hits and two RBIs. Tyler Bossetti had two hiss and scored twice.
The Stingers play host to Eau Claire at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
St. Cloud 2
Willmar 001 200 320-8 10 2
St. Cloud 001 000 010-2 4 3
Hitting - Willmar: Sam Baier 0-4 r, Riley Johnson 1-4 rbi-2 r, Brennan McKenzie 3-5 hr 2b rbi-4 r, Chase Stanke 1-4 2b, Daniel Walsh 0-3 r, Tyler Bosetti 2-5 r-2, Kaden Fowler 1-2 2b r, James Gamble 2-5 rbi-2 r … St. Cloud: Jordan Barth 2-4 rbi, Lenny Walker 1-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Ricky Maddock 3-2-1-0-3-5, Luke DeGrammont (W) 2.1-1-0-0-1-2, Joel Cheatwood 2.2-1-1-1-1-3, Josh Wintroub 1-0-0-0-1-1 … St. Cloud: RJ Martinez (L) 7-8-6-5-2-5, Riley Ahern 1-2-2-0-1-1, Drew Garrett 1-0-0-0-3-1
Wadena’s Justin Dykhoff no-hit BOLD to help his team advance to the Division 2 state semifinals on Friday in Ely.
Dykhoff walked three and struck out eight.
Wadena scored a second-inning run on two walks, a BOLD error and a hit batsman.
In the third, Wadena scored its other run on a walk, Dykhoff’s double and Colby Schertler’s run-scoring sacrifice fly.
BOLD plays Breckenridge in a consolation bracket game at 9 a.m. Saturday.