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Published On: December 14th, 2022

Willmar Stingers to celebrate 14th season next summer  

The Willmar Stingers and Northwoods League are excited to announce the complete schedule for the upcoming 2023 season. The 24-team league will play more than 68 games in 74 days next summer starting at the end of May and playing through the middle of August. Next summer will mark the 30th anniversary of Northwoods League Baseball with the league opening play on Memorial Day (May 29th) and conclude the regular season on Saturday, August 12th.

The Stingers will compete in the 12-team Great Plains Division along with St. Cloud, Mankato, Rochester, Duluth, Bismarck (ND), Minot (ND), Eau Claire (WI), La Crosse (WI), Waterloo (IA), Thunder Bay (ON), and the Minnesota Mud Puppies.  The Thunder Bay Border Cats will be back in the league after a three-year hiatus and the Northwoods League welcomes the Minot Hot Tots who will make their inaugural appearance.

The Northwoods League will have two All-Star games in 2023. The Traverse City Pit Spitters will host the Great Lakes Division game on July 25th and the Bismarck Larks will host the Great Plains Division on August 1st.

The Northwoods League Playoffs will begin on Sunday, August 13th. Playoff participants will be determined by which team wins the first half of the season in each division from (May 29-July 6) and which team wins the second half (July 6-August 12).

The Stingers 2023 schedule includes the following:

  • Stingers Home Opener will take place Wednesday, May 31st at Bill Taunton Stadium against the Eau Claire Express.
  • The final game of the Stingers regular season will be at home on Thursday, August 10th at 7:05 pm against the Thunder Bay Border Cats.
  • A doubleheader will be played at Bill Taunton Stadium on Thursday, July 13th against the Minot Hot Tots. First pitch for the day game will be 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. for the night game.

If you would like more information on tickets for the 2023 season, or more information regarding this press release, please contact the Willmar Stingers front office at 320-222-2010 or visit The 2023 Stingers season is presented by J.D. Kreps Financial Group, empowering investors with powerful financial advice.

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The Willmar Stingers is a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 29th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Stingers as your favorite team.