Senior Michael Bennick swings at a Rochester Mayo pitch on Thursday. Rochester Mayo won both games in a double-header.
by BEN MCLEOD
The Winhawk baseball team suffered a pair of rare losses at the hands of Rochester Mayo on Thursday, May 10, but the Spartans failed to shake Winona from its perch at the top of the Big Nine standings.
In a pair of games at Mayo Field in downtown Rochester, the Winhawks duked it out with the Spartans under an overcast sky. The first game was a 2-12 rout, with Rochester setting up two hits in the first and six in the second, pulling ahead 2-8 before the third inning even began. One more run in the fifth and three in the sixth wrapped up the game for Rochester in six innings. Winona had some troubled times in their infield with slippery hits that cost them runs and allowed Rochester to build a daunting lead. In the second game the Winhawks knuckled down and surged ahead early with five runs in the second inning and two in the third to hold Rochester 7-4. But by the end of the eight-inning matchup, the Spartans had squeaked out with one run to beat Winona 9-10.
Rochester Mayo continues to sit in third place in the Big Nine with 5-1-0, while Winona keeps its 7-2-0 first-place berth as of press time. Winona hosts Rochester John Marshall on Thursday, May 17.