Honkers snap Stingers' win streak, but Willmar bounces back in Game 2
ROCHESTER — After being rained out the previous three days, the Willmar Stingers finally returned to the field Tuesday, but they couldn’t generate any offense in the first game of a doubleheader with Rochester as the Honkers edged the visitors 2-0 to snap the Stingers’ seven-game winning streak.
But behind Kurt Yinger’s arm and Max Ayoub’s bat, division-leading Willmar (15-5) bounced back in the second game, winning 4-1.
Ayoub launched a solo home run — his third homer of the season — in the second inning and capped the scoring with a two-run single in the fifth. That was more than enough for Yinger as the right-hander picked up his first Northwoods win of the year after striking out nine and giving just two hits in a complete-game performance.
Brian Pruett and Dan Motl added fifth-inning singles in the nightcap with Motl knocking in Pruett with his hit.
Both games were seven-inning contests as Monday’s game was rained out and made up as a doubleheader Tuesday.
Both teams had four hits in the opener, but Rochester (12-10) got three in the sixth inning to manufacture two runs. The Stingers got two quick outs in the inning, but starting pitcher Matt Snyder hit a batter and issued a walk in consecutive at bats before Casey Fletcher and Karl Sorenson delivered back-to-back RBI singles for the Honkers.
Willmar then went down 1-2-3 in the seventh on just seven pitches to get shut out for the first time this season. The Stingers had outscored their opponents 44-17 during their winning streak.
Winning pitcher Seth Holbert silenced Willmar’s bats in his season debut for Rochester. The right-hander notched six strikeouts without issuing a walk in six innings of work before giving way to Jeff Campbell in the seventh. Reagan Fowler doubled in the first and Jack Ross singled in the second for Willmar, but Holbert sent the Stingers down in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings before they would get another hit.
Frankie Rios and Sean Beesley added singles in the sixth for Willmar.
Willmar is at St. Cloud today before hosting the Rox on Thursday and the Madison Mallards Friday and Saturday.
Visit http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/scoreboard.html?leagueid=120&seasonid=28661 for Tuesday’s box scores.