ST. CLOUD -- The Rochester Honkers ended a three-game losing streak on Friday with a 4-1 win over St. Cloud.

While the Honkers only managed six hits, they made them count. The biggest blow was from Jack Thelen, a sophomore from UW-Milwaukee, who blasted his first homer of the season. It was a two-run shot in the sixth inning, and it broke a 1-1 tie.

Later in that inning Tristan Peterson smashed an RBI triple to give Rochester a 4-1 lead.

That would be more than enough for a Honkers bullpen that has been rock-solid early in the season. Evan Layne got the win in relief, giving up just two hits in three scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Layne is 2-0 and has yet to give up an earned run in 5 2/3 innings.

Marc Bisogno also tossed a scoreless inning in relief, and Marty Tolson Jr. pitched a clean ninth with the help of a game-ending double play. He is 1-0 with three saves and an ERA of 2.34 with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, all in relief. 

The Honkers host St. Cloud at Mayo Field on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. 

Honkers 4, Rox 1


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Rochester: Berkey 2 R; Tristan Peterson 2-for-4, 3B, RBI; Simmons 2-for-5, RBI; Nelson 1 R; Thelen 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI. Pitchers: Larsen 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; Layne 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K; Bisogno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H; Tolson Jr. (S) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. 

St. Cloud: Carew 1 R; Steiger 1-for-3, RBI; Tinsman 1-for-4; Smith 1-for-2; Elliott 1-for-4; Finke 1-for-3. Pitchers: Koenig 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K; Lepard 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Wick 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Stock 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K; Delano 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K. 


Great Plains West

Bismarck Larks 8-3 

Willmar Stingers 8-3 

Rochester Honkers 6-5 

Mankato MoonDogs 5-6 

St. Cloud Rox 4-7 

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Eric is the Post Bulletin outdoors editor and also is a sports reporter and columnist. He has a master's degree in American literature from the University of Kentucky and began working at the Post Bulletin in 2000. He’s an avid hunter and angler.