Haake homer, Smith's 5 hits power Stingers
ROCHESTER -- Jordan Smith went 5-for-5 to raise his season average to .436 and Andrew Haake belted a three-run homer as the Willmar Stingers upended the Rochester Honkers 10-4 in a Northwoods League game on Thursday.
The Stingers (15-13) got their offense revved up early, scoring three times in the second inning and adding three more runs in the third against Rochester starter Josh McKeon.
In the second, Smith led off the a single and Sean Dwyer followed with a walk. With two outs, Haake unleashed his first home run of the summer. Haake, the team's third catcher, has been forced into duty behind the plate with injuries to Nate Johnson and Anthony Bemboom.
A walk to Isaac Ballou started the Willmar third inning off. With one out, Eduardo Gonzalez followed with a run-scoring double for a 4-1 lead. Smith followed with another single and Dwyer's single plated Gonzalez. With two outs, Mitch Delfino singled home Smith.
Rochester sneaked backed into it with lone runs in the third and fourth innings against Stingers right-hander David Carroll to make it 6-3.
Willmar increased its lead to 7-3 in the seventh inning as Gonzalez hit his second double of the night, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Smith's fourth single of the night.
Willmar avoided a meltdown in the bottom of the seventh as Rochester loaded the bases against Carroll with one out. Wally Marciel relieved and walked in a run, then recorded the second out on an infield popup. Jacob Barnes then took the hill and enticed a ground out to end the threat.
Willmar plated three more runs in the ninth on run-scoring singles by Gonzalez, Joe Sever and Delfino.
Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 and drove in two runs for the Stingers. Delfino and Haake had two runs each.
Carroll allowed seven hits and four runs over 6Zc innings. He walked four and struck out two. Barnes pitched the final 2Xc innings and did not allow a hit or a run.