The Alabama Crimson Tide’s William Hamiter had a two-run home run, two walks and two runs as the Willmar Stingers used a late surge to hand the Duluth Huskies their fifth-straight loss with an 11-4 victory before 677 on an 88-degree Saturday afternoon at Wade Stadium.
As has become all too familiar, the Huskies led early only to falter late. This time Duluth led 3-1 when Hamiter came up in the sixth inning and provided the neutralizer, a two-run shot to left.
That apparently sparked life into the Stingers, as they batted around to score seven runs in the seventh on just four hits as the Huskies yielded six walks and had two wild pitches in that inning alone. Five Huskies pitchers yielded 10 walks and hit three batters for the game, wasting what had been a great start by Jonny Guzman through five innings.
Augustana University’s Drey Dirksen added three RBIs and Carter Howell, Jakob Newton and Brady Counsell added two hits apiece to lead the Stingers (9-8). University of St. Thomas pitcher Jeremy Klick went two innings to get the win as three Willmar relievers held the Huskies to three hits and one run over the final five innings.
Charlie Rhee, Mike Boeve and Peyton Powell had two hits apiece to lead Duluth (7-8) while former Northwestern product Jake Brill of Maple got his first start in center with the Huskies and didn’t disappoint, adding a hit, walk, stolen base and run.
During the Huskies’ five-game losing streak, they have led through five innings in four of them and were tied 0-0 in the other game. They were coming off a tough 13-4 loss at the Bismarck Larks Friday night — after giving up nine runs in the eighth — then had to drive seven hours back for the day game in Duluth.
The same teams rematch at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Wade Stadium