Published On: February 5th, 2018

Eddie Mathis returns to Rochester, Hunter Spencer Signs Over from the Waterloo Bucks

(Rochester Minn.) –  The Rochester Honkers have announced that Eddie Mathis, a left-handed pitcher from Bellarmine University will return to the Honkers this summer.  Mathis brings with him fellow Bellarmine left-handed pitcher Hunter Spencer.

Mathis, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior will be spending his second summer with the Honkers. The Pewee Valley, Ky. native compiled a 3-3 record, striking out 35 over 27 1/3 innings last summer.  He was shut down at the end of the first half after reaching his innings limit set by Bellarmine.

Mathis finished his sophomore season at Bellarmine leading the teams in wins(nine), ERA (2.70), strikeouts (77), and innings pitched (103.1).  He was just named a 2018 preseason first-team All-Midwest Region selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Spencer, a 6-foot-4 200-pound senior, returns to the Northwoods League, but as a Honker, after spending a majority of the 2017 season with the Waterloo Bucks.  The Scottsburg, Ind. native went 1-1 with a 4.29 ERA. He threw 29 1/3 innings and struck out 22.

Spencer finished the 2017 Bellarmine season 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 starts.  He led his team in complete games (six) and was second in strikeouts (71), wins (seven), and innings pitched (92.2). For his efforts he was named first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference as a starting pitcher.  In 2016, Spencer was named the GLVC Pitcher of the Year after finishing the season with a 6-2 record and a 2.18 ERA.

Bellarmine starts their 2018 season February 16th with a three-game series at the University of Montevallo before returning home for their home opener on February 24th versus Ashland University.

The Rochester Honkers 25th season begins on Tuesday, May 29th when the team hosts the Eau Claire Express in their home opener at Mayo Field at 7:05 pm. 5-Game Packs and Kids Club Memberships are available now!  Season Tickets, ½ Season Plans, Suites and Patios are also available. Call the Rochester Honkers office at 507-289-1170 for more information.


The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Honkers as your favorite team.



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