Big 8th Inning Leads Lumbermen in Rochester
Rochester, Minn. – La Crosse grabs an 8-6 win over the Rochester Honkers with three runs in the 8th inning.
The Honkers got to starter Mark Nowaczewski (Nevada) early in the 1st inning. Back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Drew Ellis (Louisville) singled to left field, scoring Turner Buis (Cal State Fullerton). Ryan Fitzpatrick (Saddle Back College) came into score in the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice to the third baseman.
La Crosse answered right back in the 2nd. With a runner on 1st, Kyle Plantier (UC-Santa Barbara) tied the game with a 2-run home run blast.
The game did not stay tied for long. A leadoff walk followed with a single by Keaton Wiesz (Auburn). Turner Buis gave the lead back to Rochester with an infield single. Ryan Fitzpatrick singled to left field, extending their back to two runs.
Griffin Conine (Duke) cut the Honkers’ lead in half with a full count solo home run to lead off the 4th inning.
The Loggers took the lead in the 6th inning. With two runners on base, Kyle Plantier (UC-Santa Barbara singled to left field. An error by leftfielder allowed Griffin Conine to score the tying run. Randy Labaut (Arizona) brought in the go-ahead run, with a single to right field.
Rochester tied the game in the bottom half of the 6th.
La Crosse loaded the bases with one out in the 8th inning and took a 3-run lead with two singles and a walk.
The Honkers shaved a run off the lead, but could dismount from the Loggers from an 8-6 victory. Dave Smith (Long Beach State) earned his third save of the season.
Jared Liebelt (Waubonese CC) earned the win (2-1) for the Loggers. He pitched 2.2 innings in relief. He gave up one run on one hit. He walked no batters and struck out three.
Ian Clark (Santa Barbara City College) took the loss (0-1) for Rochester. He threw 1.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits. He walked 2 batters and struck out another.
La Crosse gets back to 8-8 (25-27 overall). Rochester falls to 7-11 (14-39 overall). The Loggers go for the sweep tomorrow night at 6:35. As always, catch the game on the Loggers Radio Network, Eagle 102.7 or the Loggers Radio Network.