WILLMAR, Minn. – The Stingers completed the series sweep of the Waterloo Bucks Friday night, winning 11-4 and moving to four games above .500 on the year.
In the second inning, 2017 All-Star and Home Run Derby participant Nolan Bumstead (CS-Northridge) launched a home run over the left field wall to give the Stingers an early 1-0 lead.
The next inning, it was Josh Bissonette (Baylor) who sent another Stinger Dinger over the left field wall for a three-run home run, opening up the four-run lead that the Stingers would never concede.
With Bissonette's fourth home run of the year, he extended his on-base streak to 20 straight games and now has a batting average of .340.
The Stingers scored in six of their eight innings at the plate, adding a pair of runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings.
On the mound, they were led by Nick Lackney (Minnesota) who recorded his third straight win. He finished the day having given up two earned runs and only three hits in five innings pitched.
Through four innings, Lackney had only thrown 48 pitches and faced one over the minimum. By the end of the day, he had thrown 54 of his 81 pitches for strikes.
He moves to 3-1 on the season.
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Bumstead finished 2-for-3, driving in four runs for Willmar. In addition to his second-inning homer, he hit a two-run double in the fifth, walked in the seventh, and sacrificed Luke Becker (Kentucky) in to score the tenth run of the day for Willmar with a fly ball into right.
The only unproductive at bat for Bumstead was a fly ball into left that was caught by the left fielder with his back to the wall.
The Stingers move to 9-5 on the second half and 27-23 overall. Tomorrow they head to La Crosse to begin a two-game series against the Loggers. So far this season, they took both games at Copeland Park against the Loggers. All-Star Gus Varland (Concordia-St. Paul) is expected to start for Willmar.
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