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Lackney Leads Stingers to Sweep In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Stingers completed their sweep of the Duluth Huskies at Wade Stadium Saturday evening. Their 4-3 victory was the seventh of the season, moving to a 7-5 record overall.

They continued their first-inning success with one run in the opening frame. Brady Shockey (USC) scored on Rob Emery's (San Francisco) double for the Stingers to take an early lead. 

Tonight’s Center for Diagnostic Imaging player of the game was Nick Lackney (Minnesota). CDI is your local medical imaging provider. It’s your choice where you go for medical imaging, for MRI, CT, mammograms and pain injections, choose CDI. Visit online at myCDI.com/CentralMN.

After giving up one run in the first inning, Lackney settled into a groove and struck out seven total batters in his four-inning outing. Three of his seven strikeouts were on called third strikes. He now has a 2.46 ERA after his second start of the season.

The Stingers plated two runs in the third inning and another in the seventh. Marcus Still (New Mexico State) stole two bases in the third before being brought in by Emery, then Caleb Ledbetter (Montevallo) scored as well on an error.

Shockey then brought in the Stingers' fourth run on a sacrifice fly. Although his 10 game hit streak came to an end, his sacrifice brought in the eventual game-winning run.

The Stingers complete the series with a 3-1 record at Wade Stadium this season.

Next they travel to St. Cloud for the first game of a home-and-home series tomorrow. Jake Rothwell (Daytona State) has a 2-0 record on the season and is the probable starter for Willmar. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and you can listen live for free at WillmarStingers.com.

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.