WILLMAR, Minn.—In a battle of teams that could eventually meet in the North Division playoffs, the Stingers fell behind on two occassions to Waterloo in the first half of Monday's game at Bill Taunton Stadium. But each time Willmar responded and then with a three-run seventh defeated the Bucks, 6-3, in front of 1,384 fans.
The first inning went down as a scoreless frame for both sides, with the Bucks (28-15 overall, 4-4 second half) grabbing their first lead of the game in the top of the second off Stingers starter Matt Snyder. But after the first run scored and Snyder allowed a two-out triple in the same inning, he came back to get a flyout to strand a possible run for Waterloo.
It took an inning and a half for the Stingers (26-11, 4-3) to respond but they knotted the game at one in the bottom of the third with just one hit. Jack Ross led off the frame with his first triple of the season, and Dan Motl brought him in to score with his first of two sacrifice flies during the night.
Waterloo answered right back in the top of the fourth with two more runs to snatch the lead right back, but again, an inning and a half later, back came the Stingers. Ross again kick-started the rally with a solid single through the left side of the infield and Max Dutto followed with a walk to put two on with no one out. Ross swiped third which allowed Motl to again drive Ross in from third with the sac fly. The inning wasn't over yet though, and after Brian Pruett walked to put runners on the corners, Reagan Fowler's fielder choice was enough to bring Motl into score. In the top half of the fifth inning Snyder had loaded the bases with no one out but came back to strike out the side, arguably the turning point in the game.
Snyder worked his last inning in the sixth and this time did not allow Waterloo to take the lead back, giving Willmar a chance to take its first lead. The Stingers, right on cue an inning and a half later in the bottom of the seventh, did exactly that with three runs off Nick Deckert. For the third straight time Ross started the rally with his second straight single to left field. Motl then doubled, Pruett got hit by a pitch and Fowler drove in two with a single down the right field line. Brett Barbier reached on an error to make it a 6-3 lead that stood as the final.
Garrett Anderson earned his first win of the year with three strong innings in relief of Snyder, shutting down the Bucks in the top of the ninth to secure the win for himself.
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