WILLMAR, Minn. – Willmar led by three runs at two different points in the game, but the St. Cloud River Bats came back to win a rain-shortened game after 5 1/3 innings, 8-7, at Bill Taunton Stadium Sunday night.
Seven different Stingers had hits, and Garrett Borba (Pacific) and Pat Stover (Santa Clara) had multi-hit games. Stover also had two RBIs along with Mitch Rowan (Willamette). Mitch Delfino (California), Jarid Scarafiotti (Stephen F. Austin) and Ryan Dettman (Oregon State) had the other RBIs for the Stingers. Jason Leblebijian was 1-for-3 in the game with two runs. Eduardo Gonzalez (Alcorn State), Borba, Stover, Delfino and Dettman also scored runs in the contest.
The Stingers held a 7-5 lead going into the fifth inning, but the River Bats scored three runs on two hits while Willmar committed three errors in the frame. After St. Cloud took an 8-7 advantage, the Stingers were shut out in the bottom of the fifth and the rain came shortly after. After a rain delay of an hour and a half, the game was officially ended in an 8-7 defeat for the Stingers.