Stingers Drop Pitchers’ Duel Leading Into Break

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – While the two teams were neck-and-neck the entire game, the Stingers were unable to get a victory over the Rox leading into the All Star Break.

The Rox got ahead early in the second inning, scoring one. The Stingers responded then in the sixth inning, when Danny Rodriguez tied the game at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly into right field.

Joe Vranesic (Kent State) had the start and finished the day after six innings, giving up only four hits and striking out three.

In the field, the Stingers completed one double play, upping their total to a league-leading 55 on the year.

In the ninth inning, Drew Avans drove in the winning run for St. Cloud, lifting them ahead 2-1. 

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The Stingers move to 7-5 on the second half and 25-23 overall. They now begin a three-day break for the 2017 All Star Game in Wausau, Wis. Nolan Bumstead (CS-Northridge) will participate in the Home Run Derby tomorrow night.

Tuesday will be the All Star Game, featuring four Stingers: Bumstead, Gus Varland (Concordia-St. Paul), Marcus Still (New Mexico State), and Polo Portela (Sac City).   

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