The La Crosse Loggers put together a thrilling late-inning comeback to defeat the Rochester Honkers tonight.
Blaise Priester (Meridian CC) started his evening off with a bang, going yard in the 1st frame off Honkers’ starter, Cam Holycross (Indiana State). After the initial 4-run rally, the Huskies struck back by scoring 3 in the 3rd and 4th innings, capitalizing on 4 Loggers’ errors.
The Lumberman bats came alive in the 6th, as they batted around the order while hanging a crooked 6 runs on the board. Aiden Sweatt (North Florida), Carson Hornung (South Carolina), Coby Morales (Washington), and Blaise Preister all drove in runs during the inning.
On the night, Sweat went 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Morales also had 3 hits with 3 RBIs. Priester had a big game as well, tallying multiple hits with a towering 2-run homer off the State Bank Financial scoreboard; his 6th of the season.
Following another insurance run in the 8th, courtesy of a Coby Morales double, Eldridge Armstrong (San Diego State) made his 7th relief appearance. The flame throwing right-hander tallied 2.0 scoreless innings with a strikeout, registering his 2nd save of the summer. Russell Derbyshire (Louisiana-Monroe) got the win and Jace Root (Santa Clara) took the loss.
The Loggers will battle the Honkers again tomorrow for an Independence Day matchup, this time in Rochester at Mayo Field. The first pitch is set for 6:35pm CT. Fans can watch live at https://northwoodsleague.com/watch-nwl/ or listen live at https://mixlr.com/lacrosseloggers.
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