(Rochester, Minn.)– The Rochester Honkers fell to the Willmar Stingers 7-3 on Friday night (June 19th). Patrick Duester (Tulane) was charged with the loss for the Honkers. Dakota Belter (Minnesota State) got the win for Willmar, and Brady Anderson (FGCU) picked up the save.
The Stingers took the early lead with an unearned run in the top of the second, but the Honkers responded in the third as Sam Hall (Dixie State) advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Willmar error.
Two runs in the sixth by the Stingers put the Honkers down 3-1, but a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh for Rochester tied it up. Brad Mathiowetz (DMACC) scored on an RBI single from Alex Schultz, and Miles Mastrobuoni came in for the tying run on an error by Willmar.
The Stingers went up 4-3 wit a run in the eighth, and piled on three insurance runs in the ninth. The Honkers could not mount a late rally from a one run deficit like they did in Eau Claire Thursday night and ultimately fell 7-3.
The Honkers and Stingers faceoff at Mayo Field again tomorrow, Saturday, June 20th at 7:05 p.m. Gates will open 6 p.m. and it will be Rochester Toyota Night at Mayo Field with Rochester Motor Cars.
All of the Honkers' games can be found live on Sports Radio AM 1520 The Ticket with Clinton Cole. You can also listen for free at www.rochesterhonkers.com by clicking on the Listen to Games Live link. Live video streams of the games are available via the Northwoods League Live Stream, powered by Stretch Internet. To access, just visit www.northwoodsleague.com and click on the Watch Games Live link at the bottom of the page.
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com