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North All-Stars chalk up extra-inning win

Honkers' closer surrenders winning run in 11th

Staff report

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Jake Toohey has been saving games left and right for the Rochester Honkers this summer, but he wasn't able to save the South All-Stars Wednesday night at Copeland Park.

The North All-Stars scored the game-winning run against Toohey in the top of the 11th inning and beat the South All-Stars 3-2 in the Northwoods League summer college baseball All-Star Game.

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A big crowd of 3,413 watched the North All-Stars bunch two big hits against Toohey in the 11th. Thunder Bay first baseman Joey Lieberman doubled and scored on a single by Duluth second baseman Brock Bond.

Bond was 2-for-4 and also made three dazzling defensive plays. He was named the game MVP.

Toohey, a right-hander from the University of Illinois, leads the league with 13 saves. He was the last of 11 pitchers for the South All-Stars, which were coached by Rochester Honkers coaches Greg Labbe and Mike Saddler.

"It was a pretty fun game to watch, and with the great crowd there was a lot of excitement," Labbe said in a telephone interview after the game. "It was everything you want an all-star game to be."

The game featured some sharp defense with seven double plays, including four by the South All-Stars. But the South team also made four errors, with three in the third inning that produced an unearned run for the North All-Stars.

The Honkers had six players in the game including Toohey, who was the only pitcher for either team to throw two innings.

Rochester batters produced three of eight hits and one run for the South. Second baseman Dan Lyons was 0-for-4, first baseman Efren Navarro Jr. was 1-for-2, third baseball Kyle Bowley was 1-for-5 with a run scored, and left fielder Jeff Engel was 1-for-4.

Bowley, who leads the league with 29 RBIs, was robbed of a potential extra-base hit in the 11th when North left fielder Ben Petsch made a catch against the wall for the final out.

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It was the second straight Northwoods All-Star game for both Lyons of the University of Minnesota, and Navarro Jr. from UNLV.

Dover-Eyota grad Ben Barrone of the La Crosse Loggers went 2-for-5 and scored a run for the South All-Stars.

Honkers designated hitter Chris Jones didn't play in the All-Star Game, but the 6-foot-3, 220-pound slugger from Cal State Fullerton did win the All-Star Game Home Run Derby on Tuesday.

Jones hit two homers in the final round to beat Lieberman of Thunder Bay and Alexandria's Derek Van Buskirk.

Barrone failed to homer in the first round of the derby and was eliminated, along with six other participants. Barrone leads the league with six homers.

The Northwoods League regular season resumes Friday with Rochester playing at La Crosse. The Honkers are home Saturday night against the Loggers.

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