Honkers rally, but drop second straight game at Bismarck
One big inning for Bismarck did in the Rochester Honkers on Saturday in a Northwoods League baseball game.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Rochester Honkers fought back in the late innings here Saturday night, but a three-run fifth inning by the Bismarck Larks proved to be too much to overcome for the Honkers in a 5-4 Northwoods League baseball loss.
Rochester fought back from a three-run deficit with a run in the top of the seventh and another in the top of the eighth, but Larks closer Nate Boyle pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory for the Larks.
Rochester (28-32 overall) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning on a two-run home run to deep left field by designated hitter Nico Regino, who drove in Zachary Meddings with two outs. Regino's first homer of the summer was one of his two hits in the game. The 6-foot, 200-pounder from San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, Calif.) saw his average jump to .389 this season as he doubled his season RBI total.
The Honkers' only lead of the game was short-lived, though, as Bismarck tied the score 2-2 in the bottom of the third when Cole Roberts scored on an error by Honkers second baseman Wyatt Rogers, a Minnesota State University, Mankato, infielder originally from Inver Grove Heights.
The Larks took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth, when their first three batters reached base and they sent seven hitters to the plate. Roberts delivered an RBI base hit, then with two outs Spencer Sarringar delivered a two-run single.
Regino scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, then Jack Colette hit a solo homer in the eighth to pull Rochester within one, but that was as close as it would get.
Regino and Jackson Forbes had two hits each for the Honkers, who managed just six hits in the game.
Shane Martin (1-2) suffered the loss for Rochester, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings. Ben Grable (Northwestern University) pitched three strong innings out of the bullpen, giving up a run on two hits while striking out four. Phil Romeo pitched a solid eighth inning to give Rochester a chance in the ninth, but Boyle shut down the Honkers in order.
The Honkers play at Bismarck again at 4:05 p.m. Sunday