Stingers falter in loss to Duluth, return home to Beehive Tuesday night

Duluth, Minn. — In the final game of a nine-game road trip, Willmar couldn’t come back from an early deficit in a 10-1 loss to Duluth Monday night at Wade Stadium.

The Stingers (16-10) had a chance to take the lead in the first inning against the Huskies, but after they came up empty, the Huskies scored five times in the bottom of the first frame to take the lead for good.

But after the Huskies jumped out to the early lead on Willmar starter Jonny Ortiz, Ortiz came back and silenced Duluth’s bats in his final four innings of work. Ortiz retired the side in order in the second inning and allowed just one more base hit the rest of the way, which didn’t come until the fifth inning.

While Ortiz did his best to keep the Stingers in the game, the offense continued to get runners on base, trying to chip away at the lead. Kyle Gilbert got the Stingers on the board in the fourth inning with his third home run of the year in just his 12th game of the season. His three homers are tied for the team lead.

Willmar had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, including eight total hits and seven bases on balls, but the Huskies and starter Eric Morell managed to keep the Stingers offense at bay. The Stingers came into the game having recorded 11 or more hits in six of the first eight games of the road trip, but Morell and the Huskies bullpen limited the Stingers offense, which left a season-high 14 runners on base.

The Stingers now return home Tuesday to take on Alexandria for their first home game since last Saturday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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