WILLMAR — Just the third batter of the game, Mac Horvath provided everything the Rochester Honkers needed against the Willmar Stingers.
Horvath, a Rochester native and freshman from the University of North Carolina, hit a two-run home run to left field in the first inning of Tuesday’s Northwoods League game. That was enough for the Honkers to leave Bill Taunton Stadium a 2-1 winner in front of a crowd of 874 fans.
Finishing Tuesday’s game 2-for-3, Horvath is batting .314 this season for Rochester (12-14). Zack Raabe and Cole Fontenelle also had a hit apiece for the Honkers.
Willmar’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth. Carter Howell led the inning off with a walk, and William Hamiter followed that up with a single. Kaden Hopson brought Howell home on a groundout.
Hamiter, a redshirt freshman from the University of Alabama, had both of the Stingers’ hits, boosting his batting average to .328.
Rochester’s Kenny Lippman, a redshirt junior from Denison University (Ohio), got his second win of the year after tossing five innings in the start. Stingers starter Tanner Brown fell to 0-3 after striking out five with three hits and three walks allowed over five innings.
On Wednesday, Willmar (13-17) will play host to the Bismarck Larks (18-12). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. On Thursday, Bismarck and Willmar will play each other again, but the Stingers will suit up as the Alexandria Beetles as the two teams will play at Knute Nelson Memorial Field in Alexandria.
Rochester 2, Willmar 1
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Hitting - Rochester: Zack Raabe 1-4 r sac, Mac Horvath 2-3 r hr rbi-2, Cole Fontenelle 1-3 2b bb, Zach Cole 0-1 bb-2 hbp, … Willmar: Daniel Sayre 0-3 bb, Carter Howell 0-2 r bb hbp, William Hamiter 2-4 2b, Kaden Hopson 0-4 rbi, T.J. Curd 0-3 bb, Drey Dirksen 0-3 bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rochester: Kenny Lippman (W, 2-1) 5-1-1-1-4-2, Michael Portela 2-1-0-0-3-2, Jay Thompson 1-0-0-0-0-0, Darren Jansen (Sv, 2) 1-0-0-0-0-1 … Willmar: Tanner Brown (L, 0-3) 5-3-2-2-3-5, Dylan Matela 2 1/3-1-0-0-4-1, Jon Mocherman 1⅔-0-0-0-1-3