Stingers’ Early Runs Not Enough for Victory Over Border Cats

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Willmar Stingers' early success at the plate was not enough for them to get a victory over Thunder Bay to open the series. 

They began the game by scoring three in the first inning. Josh Bissonette (Baylor) had a two-run home run as the third batter up for the Stingers in the first. 

It was his third home run of the season and it put the Stingers ahead 3-0.

The Stingers then tacked on runs in both the sixth and the ninth innings, driven in by Tyler Reichenborn (Iowa Western) and Luke Becker (Kentucky) respectively.

Caleb Ledbetter (Montevallo) had a double in the first inning and a single in the third. He also walked in the sixth inning, to complete his day by getting aboard three of his four times to the plate.

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In addition, Ledbetter kept a clean fielding slate as the starting first baseman for Willmar. 

All-Star Gus Varland (Concordia-St. Paul) got the start on the mound today. He went 4 2/3 innings and gave up only two earned runs, keeping his ERA an impressive 1.18 on the season.

The Stingers move to 2-3 on the second half and 20-21 overall. They continue the series tomorrow against Thunder Bay. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and Joe Vranesic (Kent State) is the probable starter for Willmar.

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