WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers scored seven runs in the fourth inning and seven more in the fifth on their way to a 15-3 win over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Saturday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Lunkers’ starter Joe Harvey gave up eight runs in his first loss of the season.
The Stingers got home runs from Sean Dwyer and Ryan Dettman. Dettman had four RBIs.
Willmar starter Kody Gorden gave up three runs, but only went four and a third innings, and did not qualify for the win. The win went to Kurt Spomer, who pitched an inning and two-thirds of perfect relief.
Casey Roche was one of the bright spots for the Lunkers going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Brainerd 000 120 000 — 3 5 1
Willmar 100 770 00x — 15 17 1
Brainerd: Joe Harvey, Cole Jenkins (4), Tyler Sparger (5), Tyler Harris (7), and Jon Crist
Willmar: Kody Gordon, Kurt Spomer (5), Jack Shannon (7), Josh Hoekstra (8) and Jarid Scarafiotti
W: Spomer. L: Harvey; 2B: Will- Mitch Rowan 2, Jason Leblebijian, Eduardo Gonzalez 2, Sean Dwyer; HR: Will-Dwyer, Ryan Dettman; SF: Will-Dettman; RBIs: Brd-Casey Roche; DP: Will 2
LOB: Will 6, Brd 7; Time: 2:29; Attendance: 1,055
3 Lunkers named to postseason team
Jason Forjet, Steven Brault and Dan Olinger of the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers were named to the Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team, capping off the best overall season in Lunkers franchise history.
Forjet, the right-handed pitcher from Florida Gulf Coast University, finished with only a (2-1) record, but he posted a stellar 1.95 ERA along with 64 strikeouts in 55 innings. He also held opponents to a .214 batting average.
Brault led the Lunkers in batting average nearly wire-to-wire, hitting .330 with two home runs and 31 RBIs. The freshman from Regis also posted a 1.65 ERA in five appearances on the mound.
Olinger, was also the “Star of Stars” at this year's All-Star Game. Entering the final game of the season, Olinger was hitting .286 with three home runs and 44 RBIs. His 44 RBIs is a Lunkers franchise record. Olinger started in all 69 games this season.
“These three were fantastic all season long and I am very proud to see them make the Postseason All-Star team,” said Lunkers General Manager Dustin Anaas. “Our team was very competitive in the first half and these three were a big reason why. It was great to see them don the Lunkers’ uniform this summer.”