Honkers vs. Willmar Baseball

Honkers second baseman Kyler McMahan (3) fields a ground ball before making a throw to first for an out during a Northwoods League baseball game against Willmar on Wednesday at Mayo Field in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

The Rochester Honkers ended the home portion of their Northwoods League baseball season on a sweet note, beating Willmar 4-1 in the second game of a doubleheader at Mayo Field on Wednesday night.

That came after losing 12-6 in the first game.

In the nightcap, Ryan Dorney, Anthony Rodriguez and Keon Taylor combined to throw a two-hitter in the seven-inning game. Taylor got the win, working the final two innings and allowing no runs. Dorney got Rochester off to a dynamic start on the mound as he struck out 10 batters in 4 2/3 innings.

The teams went into the bottom of the fifth inning tied 1-1. But Rochester scored three runs in their half of the inning to complete the night’s scoring.

Evan Berkey led the Honkers at the plate, going 2-for-4. Mitchell Allen homered for Rochester.

• The Honkers never gave themselves a chance in the 12-6 loss to Willmar.

Willmar erupted for nine runs in the first inning, then scored once more in the third inning and twice in the fourth. The game went seven innings.

Willmar finished with 16 hits, while Rochester was three better than that with 19.

Evan Berkey and Ryan Wrobleski both homered for the Honkers. Kyler McMahan, Wrobleski, A.J. Miller and Henry George each had two hits for Rochester.

The Honkers (17-16) have four games left after Wednesday’s action, all of them on the road. They play St. Cloud twice, including at 7:05 p.m. today. Then they travel to play Mankato twice, finishing on Monday.

Willmar 12, Rochester 6

(First game)

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Willmar: Baier 3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 HR; Boissiere 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR; McKenzie 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B; Johnson 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR. Pitching: Rukes (WP) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K; Lancour 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Rochester: Berkey 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR; McMahan 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R; 1 HR; Wrobleski 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR; Miller 2-for-3, 1R, 1 2B; George 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B. Pitching: Layne (LP) 1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; Strassman 3 IP 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; Wallette 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; Van De Steeg 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Rochester 4, Willmar 1

(Second game)

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Willmar: McKenzie 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 2B; Bowman 1-for-3. Pitching: Palmier (LP) 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K; Cheatwood 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

Rochester: Berkey 2-for-4, 1 R; McMahan 1-for-2, 1 R; Allen 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI; 1 HR. Pitching: Dorney 4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K; Rodriguez 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; Taylor (WP) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.

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