WILLMAR, Minn. – The Willmar Stingers got back into the win column Friday evening led by Josh Bissonette (Baylor) and Myles Smith (Georgia Gwinnett). Their 6-5 victory over the Loggers puts them at 12-12 on the season.
Bissonette went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs. His double in the third inning got him in scoring position for Nolan Bumstead (CS-Northridge), who drove him in moments later.
By the fifth inning, the Stingers were up 5-1 when the Loggers scored four to tie it up.
Three innings later, Bissonette scored the winning run, driven in by Danny Rodriguez (Bethune-Cookman) on a sacrifice fly. Rodriguez now has seven RBI in the last six games.
His sacrifice put the Stingers ahead by a run, leaving the responsibility on the Stingers' bullpen to hold the Loggers scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Smith performed well out of the bullpen once again, going 2 2/3 innings and retiring eight of the nine batters he faced. His only base runner was a walk in his first win of the season.
Alex Reyes (New Mexico State) then came in and recorded his third save of the season.
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The Stingers return to the road for the second of the home-and-home in La Crosse tomorrow at Copeland Park. You can listen live for free at WillmarStingers.com. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m.
Jake Rothwell (Daytona State) is expected to start Saturday evening for the Stingers.
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