Through three innings, the Honkers looked terrific on Friday night.
Marco Castillo and Eric Rataczak both laced RBI doubles in the first inning, and starter Marcus Krupke had allowed just one hit through three innings and was staked to a 3-0 lead.
Then, it all came apart.
Willmar's Reid Homan delivered a game-tying, three-run homer in the fourth inning and the Stingers scored 16 runs in a row to beat Rochester 16-3.
After tossing three scoreless frames, Krupke was done after 5 2/3 innings. he allowed 10 hits and eight earned runs. Willmar scored in six consecutive innings and four Honkers errors certainly didn't help the cause.
Homan led the Stingers' offensive explosion with six hits. He drove in three runs and scored twice while finishing a triple away from the cycle. Former Honkers catcher Tanner Tweedt was on base four times and scored three runs. Tyler Small had three hits.
Willmar's pitching staff didn't allow an earned run and fired eight consecutive scoreless innings.
Eric Rataczak stayed red hot for the Honkers, tallying two more hits. Rataczak is hitting .316 and he's drove in six runs. Castillo also had two hits. Jordan Stevens had the other hit for Rochester.
The Honkers have now lost three in a row (2-3) and they will host Willmar on Saturday at 6:05 p.m.