The Rochester Honkers' pitching staff has done a great job of keeping the Honkers in games this season, but the offense hasn't always done its part.
It sure did on Tuesday.
Facing Mankato for the first time this summer, the Honkers pounded out 17 hits with three homers and hammered the MoonDogs 9-1.
Vinny Tosti, who just completed his freshman season at Oregon, made his debut for Rochester a great one with three hits from the No. 9 spot in the order. Leadoff batter Evan Berkey also had three singles and is batting .333. Tristan Peterson was 3-for-3 with a homer (his third) and 2 RBIs and is also hitting .333. Craig Shepherd homered, singled and scored three runs and is now hitting .339.
And Zack Zalesky, playing in just his second game for the Honkers, was 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Rochester is now batting .262 as a team, which ranks fifth in the Northwoods League, and the club's 14 homers is just one off the league lead.
The offensive explosion was more than enough for starting pitcher Ryan Dorney. He scattered three hits over five scoreless innings, then handed the ball to the bullpen. After a rough game on Monday, the relievers did their jobs on Tuesday. Marc Bisogno, Mitchell Allen and Marty Tolson Jr. gave up seven hits over four innings, but they made the big pitches when they needed them and yielded just one run.
Dorney got the win and is 2-2.
The Honkers (13-9) host Mankato again on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 12:05 p.m.
Honkers 9, MoonDogs 1
Mankato: Dooney 1-for-4; Elvir 1-for-5; Perez 1-for-4; Craig 1-for-4; Novak 3-for-5, R; Gargano 1-for-4; Casagrande 2-for-4, RBI. Pitchers: Schmidt 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K; Nagel 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 K; Lesley 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 Er, 1 K; Hoskins 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K.
Rochester: Berkey 3-for-5, RBI; McMahan 1-for-4, R, RBI; Tristan Peterson 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI; Shepherd 2-for-4, HR, 3 R, RBI; Thelen 1-for-5, R; Armstrong 2-for-4, RBI; Tosti 3-for-4, R; Zalesky 2-for-2, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Pitchers: Dorney (WP) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K; Bisogno 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K; Allen 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K; Tolson Jr. 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.