WILLMAR – The Willmar Stingers hit 13 hits to beat the Minnesota Mud Puppies 10-6 on Thursday night.
William Hamiter, Grant Kerry, Josh Fitzgerald and Carter Howell all had big games for Willmar, who scored four first inning runs for the win. There was an advertised crowd of 873 at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Hamiter, a third baseman from the University of Alabama, went 4 for 4 with three runs and a double, an RBI and a walk.
Kerry, a first baseman from Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho, was 3-for-5 with two runs, two doubles, and four RBI.
Fitzgerald, the Stingers left fielder and a red shirt freshman from Kirkwood Community College, Iowa, was 2 for 4 with a run and a hit-by-pitch.
And Howell went 2 for 5 with three runs and a walk. Howell is a midfielder with Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Logan Schmitt took the win with four innings of relief, allowing for two well-deserved runs, a strike and two walks. For Schmitt it is the first win of the season against four defeats. He is right-handed from Miami University in Ohio.
The Stingers’ opponent, Minnesota, is a team with no home ground. It travels from city to city within the Northwoods League. It replaces the Thunder Bay Border Cats who couldn’t play due to pandemic restrictions in Canada this year. It has a 3-18 record after losing on Thursday.
Willmar (2: 1 second half) and the Mud Puppies will play again at Bill Taunton Stadium on Friday at 7:05 pm.