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Strong and Steady: Early Lead Lifts Stingers to Sweep of Border Cats

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Stingers continued their early success at the plate against Thunder Bay, taking game two  with a 4-1 score.

For the second time in as many games, Quincy McAfee (Pepperdine) led off the game for the Stingers with a hit. This time, it was a double down the right field line to get in scoring position. He was then brought in by Nolan Bumstead (CSU-Northridge) for the Stingers’ first run of the game.

They continued to manufacture runs in any way possible, bringing in a run on a double play in the second and another on a ground ball in the third. Also in that inning, Marcus McCorkle’s (Georgia Gwinnett) second triple of the season drove in a run.

Corey Binger (Nebraska-Omaha) earned a win with his four-hit start on the hill. He gave up one earned run and struck out three in six innings.

Before the season, Eric Vasquez predicted the Stingers’ bullpen would be one of the strongest in the Northwoods League. They have been lights out so far, holding Thunder Bay hitless through six total innings over the first two games.

Nick Mears (Sac City) recorded the first Stingers’ save of the season, closing out the ballgame with two straight swinging strikeouts on 0-2 counts.

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McAfee dazzled in the field and recorded two hits at the plate.

The Stingers move to 2-0 on the season. They are 38-25 overall and 23-9 at home against Thunder Bay. They outscored the Border Cats 16-2 in the two-game series.

The Stingers will host the Eau Claire Express at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium. For tickets, visit willmarstingers.com or call the Stingers’ office at 320-222-2010. 

The 2017 Stingers season is presented by Marcus Construction. For more coverage of the Stingers, visit the West Central Tribune online at www.wctrib.com.