Olson Makes Stingers History in 7-2 Win
BRAINERD–There’s been a lot of firsts for the Stingers in their inaugural season already and scratch another one off the list as Charley Olson was spectacular on Wendesday at Stewart C. Mills Field in Brainerd, tossing the first complete game in Stingers history in a 7-2 win over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers. The Georgia State junior gave up two runs, only one of them earned, on nine hits and struck out seven Lunkers to bump his record to 2-2 on the season.
Willmar jumped out to an uncharacteristic early lead on Wednesday, scoring two runs in the top of the first off Brainerd starter Matt Florer. Carlos Leyva scored on an Eduardo Gonzalez sac fly and Isaac Ballou made it 2-0 after an RBI groundout by Nate Johnson. The big bat for Stingers, however, belonged to Jared Norris. The Oregon State Beaver doubled his season RBI total with a three hit night to move his average above the .300 mark for the first time this season.
Next up for the 11-10 Stingers, it’s another in Brainerd on Thursday at 7:05 pm before returning home for a three game homestand beginning Friday with the finale of this three game set with the Lunkers. You won’t want to miss it as it’s Willmar Fests Night at Bill Taunton Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm on Friday at the Bee Hive, but get there early as Willmar Fests candidates will compete all throughout the game to be crowned the Stingers Willmar Fests Champion. For tickets, call 320-222-2010 or visit willmarstingers.com for more information. Log on to wctrib.com for all the best in Stingers coverage. The 2010 season is presented by Charter.