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Honkers Fall in First Match-Up with Larks

Honkers Fall in First Match-Up with Larks Photo: Rochester Honkers.

June 10, 2018 08:59 PM

(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers (7-6) fell to the North Division leading Bismarck Larks 6-2 at Bismarck Municipal Park on Sunday afternoon. The Honkers offense was not able to execute as they collected nine hits but left 10 runners on base.

Jaylon McLaughlin (Nevada) continued to swing the bat well as he went 2-for-4 and scored a run. McLaughlin is second on the team with a .351 batting average. Michael Michalak (Illinois) reached base in all four of his plate appearances with two hits and two walks.

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Honker starter Drew Slade (Ripon) got his second loss of the year after throwing four innings and giving up six runs on 11 hits. Michael Brandt (Augustana) came in relief to toss two scoreless innings and strike out four. Thomas Greely (San Joaquin Delta College) came in to work 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Chandler Cannon (Walters State) threw a 1/3 of an inning and left the game with an apparent injury.

The Larks (9-4) got on the board in the first off of back-to-back RBI singles by Dylan Rock (UT-San Antonio) and Brandon Barna (Alcorn State).

The Honkers immediately responded with a run in the second.  David Noworyta (Hawaii) drove in Michalak with an infield single. Kyle Stevens (Murray State) got the run back for Bismarck driving a RBI double to center field.

Rochester put up another run in the third on a RBI single by Michalak. Bismarck responded with an RBI single by Braden Williams (New Mexico State).

The Larks broke the game open in the fourth as Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) doubled in two more runs.

Larks starting pitcher Carlos Lopez (Puerto Rico) got his third win of the year spinning 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on nine hits and three strike outs.

The Honkers will finish the 2-game series in Bismarck on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Rochester return to Mayo Field Tuesday for a 7:05 p.m. match-up with the La Crosse Loggers. 

(Courtesy of the Rochester Honkers)

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