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Published On: August 11th, 2017

THUNDER BAY, Ontario — Despite the Stingers getting ahead early against the Border Cats, they were unable to nab a victory in game one of the four-game series, falling 8-2.

Willmar got ahead early with two walks and three hits in the first inning. After the top of the first, they were leading 2-0, but Thunder Bay scattered eight runs throughout the game to pull ahead of Willmar. 

Luke Becker (Kentucky) walked two times in the game, increasing his total to 47 on the season. That mark is third most of any Stinger in a single season. 

Nolan Bumstead (CS-Northridge) also got aboard two times, drawing a walk in the first inning and scoring, then getting on with a single in the eighth.

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Ledbetter drove in one of the Stingers' two runs with a single in the first inning. In addition, he made a diving catch in right field in the second inning and even pitched the eighth inning.

The Stingers are now 20-13 on the second half and 38-31 overall. They still hold onto a wild card spot for the 2017 playoffs.

They continue the series against the Border Cats tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT and will feature Anthony Garza (Missouri S&T) on the mound. You can listen live for free at 

In the event the Stingers qualify to host a playoff game, you can visit or follow @WillmarStingers on Twitter for ticket and scheduling information.

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