STINGERS HALT WINNING STREAK
~Jordan Serena rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run, his first to lead off bottom of the first in baseball action at TBaytel Park. (Photo courtesy of James Mirabelli Photography)
Each team blew a 2-run lead in the ball game but it was the Willmar Stingers 6-run tenth that was the difference as they topped the Thunder Bay Border Cats 10-6 in extras at TBaytel Park.
Thunder Bay hammered four home runs in the ball game, accounting for all the Border Cats offense. Robb Paller (Columbia University) had a two-homer, three-RBI night going 2-4 at the dish. Jordan Serena (Columbia University) and Christian Correa (Nicholls State) added their first dingers of the season.
With the Cats up 2-0 in the sixth Border Cats starter Zach Speer (Trinity University) got chased after a rough spot in which, he was in and around the strike zone. His night ended when walking a pair to load the bases. Speer would leave with a no decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks, while striking out two. Nathaniel Leon (St. Peter's University) and Nathan Aultman (Northwestern State) kept the game close giving the Cats a chance to get even into the bottom of the ninth, trailing 4-2.
Cue the dramatics as Correa crushed a two run homer one all the way to the hotel over the left field fence to tie the game in the ninth off of Willmar reliever Matt Geislinger.
In the tenth though Willmar would send ten batters to the dish and plate six runs and claim victory. Devin McLemore (Winston Salem State) took the brunt of the tenth to drop his record to 0-3. Paller's second homer of the night in the bottom half was the last salvo fired into the goodnight.
The two teams do battle again at TBaytel Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Philadelphia Phillies draft pick Ryan Powers (Miami-Ohio) looks to improve on his 0-1 as he is scheduled to start.