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Published On: June 23rd, 2023

Rochester, MN –  The Express took care of business in Rochester Thursday night, beating the Honkers 10-6.

The story of the night for the visiting Eau Clarie crew was their big 2nd inning, which saw them score 7 runs. This was achieved through the team’s 6 hits, and they were helped out by 3 defensive errors made by the Honkers.

Jake Matthaidess (Oakland) was the first man on the mound for the Express in the game. Matthaidess posted decent numbers through 4 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts to boot. Freddy Rodriguez (Cal Poly), who joined the team this past Wednesday made his first appearance and got the win despite giving up 3 runs on 3 hits through 2 innings pitched.

Scoring stalled for the Express for several innings after their 7-run explosion. They didn’t score again until the 7th and 8th innings where they tacked on a collective 3 runs.

The Express will face Rochester again Friday Night, this time at their home Carson Park. First Pitch will be at 7:05 pm CT and we will be joined by Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act. Be sure to stop out to join in on the fun!



The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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, over 325 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.