Robertsâ€™ Grand Slam Highlights Franchise-Record 21 Runs
ROCHESTER, Minn. – One night after Willmar scored a franchise-record 16 runs in one game, the Stingers put up 21 runs on the scoreboard in a 21-11 victory against the Honkers at Mayo Field Monday night.
Kenny Roberts (Alabama) had six RBIs in his first two at-bats after a two-run triple with two outs in the first inning and a grand slam with two outs in the second inning helped propel Willmar to a 9-1 lead after two frames. Roberts earned Northwoods League Player of the Night honors, marking the second-straight night a Stinger received the distinction after Corben Green (Louisiana Monroe) was named the Northwoods League Player of the Night on Sunday. Roberts’ seven home runs ranks third in the Northwoods League, and 17 of his 25 RBIs this year have come with two outs in an inning.
Forrestt Allday (Central Arkansas) and Zach Benson (Stephen F. Austin) each added their first home runs of the season as part of a 10-run sixth inning the give the Stingers a 19-2 lead. Allday led off the frame with a solo home run to right field, while Benson added a three-run homer to center field with two outs. The Stingers scored 15 of their 21 runs with two outs on Monday. Willmar has already hit 35 home runs this season. The team record for most homers in a season is 37, which was set last year.
The Stingers scored their first run of the game on an RBI single by Michael Suchy (Florida Gulf Coast) to drive home Mitch Rowan (San Francisco) after Rowan singled and stole his team-best 12th stolen base. Suchy went 2-for-5 in the game with two RBIs to increase his team-leading batting average to .348. Suchy’s 40 RBIs this year lead the Northwoods League by four (Ben Moore, Alexandria, 36). Rowan scored three times in the game and leads the team in that category with 36 runs. He added a three-run double later in the game to give him 21 RBIs this season.
Allday and Rowan each had three hits, scored three times and had three RBIs as the 1-2 hitters in the lineup. Every Stinger starter had at least one hit and scored at least once in the game. Eight of the nine starters had at least one RBI as well. Benson and Dillon Haupt (San Diego) each joined Allday and Rowan with three RBIs on the night.
Along with Allday and Rowan, Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) and Max Kuhn (Kentucky) led the team with three runs apiece. Kuhn went 2-for-4 with a double and two walks. Matt Jackson (Washington) went 2-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
Kyle Fischer (St. Cloud State) earned his third victory of the season after pitching 5.1 innings in his start. Fischer threw 107 pitches and allowed seven runs on eight hits. Fischer struck out two and walked four in the game. Jacob Cage (Azusa Pacific) picked up his first save for pitching the final 3.2 innings of the game. Cage surrendered four runs on nine hits while striking out four batters.
The 32 combined runs between the Stingers and the Honkers marked the fifth most in Northwoods League history. The two teams also combined for 25 runs Sunday, and the Stingers have scored 37 runs over the past two games.
Willmar will play its ninth-straight road game Tuesday with a contest at St. Cloud scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.
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