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WILLMAR, Minn. — Willmar overcame an early 2-0 deficit and held off Waterloo 4-3 Thursday night in a Northwoods League baseball game.

The Bucks jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the first inning when Trey Leonard led off the game with a single and later scored on an error. Tate Samuelson then plated Angelo Altavilla with a base hit.

The Stingers (7-2 second half, 29-15 overall) made it 2-1 in the fourth on Nic Hernandez’s solo home run and pulled even in the fifth on a single, a double and an RBI groundout.

That ended an effective start on the mound by the Bucks’ Javin Drake of Wilton and Willmar scratched out runs in the sixth on a walk and two singles and in the eighth on a walk, an infield error and an RBI single by Hernandez that made it 4-2.

Waterloo tried to put together a ninth-inning rally. Luke Bowerbank led off with a single and Altavilla doubled to put runners on second and third. Samuelson was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Bowerbank scored on a groundout, but that was all the Bucks could get.

Now 1-9 in the second half of the NWL season and 11-34 overall, Waterloo plays at Willmar again Friday night before returning to Riverfront Stadium Saturday to host Eau Claire at 6:35 p.m.

Willmar 4, Waterloo 3

Waterloo 200 000 001 — 3 10 1

Willmar 000 111 01x — 4 10 1

Drake, Culliver (6), DeFrancesco (8) and Emmerson. Dentoni, Mora (6), Newman (7), Mears (9) and Yang. WP — Mora. LP — Cuilliver. Sv — Mears. 2B — Trousdale (Will), Leonard (Wat), Rudick (Will), Altavilla. HR — Hernandez (Will).

Records: Waterloo 1-9, 11-34. Willmar 7-2, 29-15.

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