LA CROSSE -- The Rochester Honkers only got their offense going for one inning on Thursday against the La Crosse Loggers, but they made it count. Trailing 1-0 going into the top of the seventh, the Honkers rallied for four runs and held on for a crucial 4-1 win.
Vinny Tosti led off the inning with a single. Mitchell Allen plated him with a double, and Aaron Simmons followed with a triple to score Allen. Evan Berkey drove Allen in on a fielder's choice, and Berkey eventually came around to score on a single by Logan Denholm.
The rally made a winner out of Rochester starting pitcher David Lemasters, who continued the Honkers' recent run of great performances on the mound. He yielded one run on six hits over six innings.
Marc Bisogno, who of late has become a workhorse out of the bullpen, came on in the seventh and tossed three innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits and recording three strikeouts as he picked up his second save.
Rochester's team ERA of 3.20 is tied for second in the entire Northwoods League.
The Honkers (6-4 second half) now lead the Great Plains West division by a half-game over Mankato and St. Cloud.
Rochester hosts La Crosse on Friday at Mayo Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05.
Honkers 4, Loggers 1
Rochester: Berkey 2-for-5, R, RBI; Denholm 1-for-4, RBI; Zalesky 1-for-4; Tosti 1-for-4, R; Allen 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; Simmons 2-for-3, 3B, R, RBI. Pitchers: Lemasters (WP) 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 Er, 2 BB, 4 K; Bisogno 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K.
La Crosse: Jefferis 1-for-5; Filby 1-for-5; Holgate 2-for-4; Harris 1-for-4, R; Watson 1-for-3, RBI; Stinebiser 1-for-4; Hsiao 1-for-4. Pitchers: Kennedy (LP) 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 Er, 3 BB, 7 K; Mauldin 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K.