LA CROSSE, WI – Returning home from a five-game road trip, the Loggers only collected one additional win during that stretch. The hope is to boost that winning percentage with antoher six-game homestand at The Lumberyard. The La Crosse Loggers get back on track with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Rochester Honkers, which puts them at 3-9 for the season.
On the mound for the Loggers was RHP Cody Ebert (Columbia College). Ebert would toss three scoreless innings until the top of the fourth when back-to-back homeruns, a two-run homer and a solo shot, would make it 3-0 in favor of the Honkers. For the Honkers, RHP Ryan Thompson would get the start and hold the Loggers scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Both relief pitchers would get the decsions tonight with RHP Chris Boettcher (Indianapolis) coming out on top over RHP Kyle Ferderer.
The real excitement of the night came in the bottom of the sixth inning. After witnessing back-to-back homeruns, the Loggers would return the favor. All on two outs, Yahir Gurrola (North Florida) would draw the walk and then, in his first La Crosse Loggers' debute, Nick Kahle (Washington) would blast a two-run shot over the center field fence. Next up, Connor Perry (Pittsburgh) would bunt for a hit, which would bring Taylor Sanagorski (Emporia State) up to hit another two-run shot over the right field fence putting the Loggers up by 1. When the Honkers matched the score in the top of the seventh, Nick Kahle came in clutch again in the bottom of the eighth to produce a go-ahead RBI single, resulting in the final 5-4 La Crosse Loggers' win.
The La Crosse Loggers will continue their homestand with two games against the Thunder Bay Border Cats up next. Sunday's first pitch is set for 5:05 PM. Gates will open at 4 PM. It is "Totally Country Night", so come dressed in your cowboy hats and boots. Sundays also mean "Baseball Bingo" with Kwik Trip, so the first 500 fans will receive a bingo card to play with a chance to win great prizes.