(Rochester, Minn.)—The Honkers lost consecutive games for the first time all season on Sunday afternoon; the MoonDogs hit the Honkers’ pitching staff hard, earning a win at Mayo Field, 14-4.
It was Spencer O’Neil’s (Central Arizona) afternoon as the first baseman crushed two homeruns in the game – his third and fourth on the season. In fact, it was O’Neil’s third homerun in as many games against the Honkers. He would drive in 5 runs in the game, and actually threatened to drive in more, but he struck out looking with the bases packed in the top of the 7th inning.
The Honkers would strike first in the game on a RBI double by Anthony Sequeira (Oral Roberts) in the bottom of the 1st inning. That would be all they would taste of a lead in the game as the Honkers would score 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning and never look back.
A big six-run 6th inning that saw the MoonDogs bat around against relievers Blake Quinn (Fresno State) and Will Bamesberger (Creighton) put the Honkers in a big hole. They answered Mankato’s rally in the 6th with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a RBI single by Ryan Boldt (Nebraska).
Boldt made his highly anticipated debut for the Honkers on Sunday, collecting three singles and an RBI in five at-bats. Boldt was heavily recruited out of Red Wing High School in Minnesota and drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but opted to go on to college to continue playing baseball where he enjoyed a stellar freshman season with the Cornhuskers.
The Honkers will hope to salvage the quick two-game series with Mankato on Monday evening. Brandon Stennis is set to start the game for the Honkers tomorrow and continue his fantastic form. First pitch tomorrow is set for 7:05 p.m. Ticket information can be found at rochesterhonkers.com.
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visitwww.rochesterhonkers.com.