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Stingers winning streak ends in extra-inning loss to La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Ty Tice had his third consecutive quality start for the Stingers, but La Crosse scored five runs in the final three innings to end the Stingers six-game winning streak with a 7-6, 10-inning win at Copeland Park on Saturday night. 

Willmar took the immediate lead in the first inning thanks to a three-run home run by Danny Mayer (Pacific), but La Crosse stuck around and staged a late rally to split the series. 

The Stingers (21-19) added two runs in the fourth inning, using a fielder's choice and heads up base-running play to score the two runs. Travis Wacker (Oklahoma State) scored the second run in the inning, advancing home from third on the same play that saw Dylan Woods steal second base with Quincy McAfee at the plate. 

La Crosse immediately answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit back to three. 

The game would stay that was until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Loggers got two more to trim the Stingers' lead to just one. Max Green came into the game in relief with two outs in the eighth and got a groundout to end the Loggers' threat and keep the lead at one. 

But after the Stingers got a run back in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Quincy McAfee, La Crosse scored twice on a two-run single by Kevin Collard to send the game to extras where the Loggers eventually won. 

Tice was solid once again for the Stingers, throwing six innings and scattering six hits while striking out six. Tice has allowed just three earned runs spanning 12 innings over his last two starts. 

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