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Chevalier Runs Deep with No-No Bid Into Eighth

WATERLOO, Iowa — Luke Chevalier (Northern State) was lights out Monday night in Waterloo, bringing a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earning a key 6-2 victory in the Stingers' playoff hopes.

The Bucks' starter began his day by striking out six of the first seven Stingers batters. At that point, Chevalier stole the show by cruising through seven hitless innings.

The Stingers provided Chevalier with four runs of support in the eighth inning. The first run scored when Harrison Schnurbusch (Central Missouri) walked with the bases loaded. Moments later, Luke Becker (Kentucky) cleared the bases with a three-run double to put the Stingers ahead 4-0.

With a pitch count nearing 100, field manager Bo Henning let Chevalier pitch in the eighth inning until he gave up a hit. After allowing a leadoff hit, Chevalier exited the game to make way for Kale Latorre (Montevallo).

Chevalier finished having thrown 98 pitches, striking out five. He earned his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.91. He was named tonight's NWL Pitcher of the Night for the first time this season.

Waterloo attempted to come back from their deficit, but their hopes were snuffed out by Myles Smith (Georgia Gwinnett) in the bottom of the ninth. Smith earned his first save of the year.

At the plate, starting catcher Carter Schmidt (Concordia-St. Paul) led the Stingers by going 2-for-2 with three walks. 

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The Stingers are now 20-11 on the second half and 38-29 overall. They remain in second place in the second half, only one game behind Eau Claire. In addition, they have the third-best overall record in the North Division with five games remaining in the regular season. 

Tomorrow, seven Stingers will be featured in the Major League Dreams Showcase held in Madison, Wis. You can follow @WillmarStingers on Twitter for updates on how their day is going. The players include:

  • Josh Bissonette, SS (Baylor)
  • Danny Rodriguez, 1B (Bethune-Cookman)
  • Marcus Still, CF (New Mexico State)
  • Gus Varland, RHP (Concordia-St. Paul)
  • Nick Mears, RHP (Sacramento City College)
  • Alex Reyes, RHP/DH (New Mexico State)
  • Nick Lackney, LHP (Minnesota)

The Stingers return to action Wednesday to face the Bucks in game two at 6:35 p.m.

In the event the Stingers qualify to host a playoff game, you can visit WillmarStingers.com or follow @WillmarStingers on Twitter for ticket and scheduling information.

The 2017 Stingers season is presented by Marcus Construction. For more coverage of the Stingers, visit the West Central Tribune online at www.wctrib.com.