The Bismarck Larks came back from a road trip on Thursday and brought a bunch of new faces with them.
They were part of the Larks’ hit parade against the Rochester Honkers, but those hits didn’t lead to runs as Rochester claimed an 8-4 Northwoods League win.
The Larks outhit the Honkers 13-11 but left 16 runners on base. They left runners on in every inning, including the bases loaded twice, to lose for the seventh time in eight games.
Spencer Gillund’s double in the fifth inning was the Larks’ only extra-base hit.
Rochester’s power-laden lineup hit just one homer. But the Honkers did score five runs in the first three innings to grab a big lead off of Larks starter Andy Lalonde.
Leadoff hitter Weston Hatten scored in each of the first two innings and No. 7 hitter Mike Echavia scored in the second and third.
Four of the nine Bismarck starters weren’t in the lineup when the team left for a six-game road trip, and each produced in a game in which every Lark but one had a hit.
Second-baseman Jeff Mayes had a hit and reached on an error. Third-baseman Ashton Roy had two hits and scored a run. Right-fielder Collin Einertson had a hit and scored a run.
Shortstop Gillund, who was with the Larks earlier in the season, had two hits, including a double, in his return.
Bismarck chipped away at Rochester starter Chia-Chang Ho for a single run in the third and two in the fourth to make it 5-3. Veterans Wyatt Ulrich and Scooter Bynum drove in runs in the fourth and Noah Sadler had an RBI in the third.
Lalonde was the hottest Larks’ starter over the past month. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder came into the game 3-0 with one no decision in his last four starts. That included a 4-0 shutout in which he allowed three hits in 6.2 innings and a seven-inning, five-hit game the Larks lost 2-1 on a walk-off walk in the ninth.
Against the Honkers (10-5 second half, 26-24 overall), Lalonde was roughed up early before leaving after five innings. He gave up six hits, walked four and struck out three and retired the last seven batters he faced.
Logan Johnson came on and extended that streak to 11 before walking Northwoods League home run leader Zach Zubia and giving up a homer to Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was the Honkers’ league-record 70th homer.
Zubia, who has tied the NWL record with 20 homers, walked two times and singled.
Rochester’s Konnor Zickefoose doubled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
Scooter Bynum, Noah Sadler and Quinn Irey had two hits each for the Larks (11-16, 27-35 overall).