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Schaefbauer scores twice as Honkers hold on in Battle Creek

(Rochester, Minn.)— The Rochester Honkers topped the Battle Creek Bombers 11-7 today in Battle Creek, Mich. Jayson Yano (Stevens Institute) got his second win of the year to move to 2-0 for the Honkers after allowing just three hits, no walks and one run in five innings pitched. Joe DeRoche-Duffin (UCONN) was credited with the save for Rochester with 2.1 innings pitched, two strikeouts, and no hits allowed. Connor Schaefbauer helped lead the potent Honkers scoring, going 2-4 at the plate, scoring two runs and also snagging two RBIs.

The Bombers surrendered 13 walks in the game which allowed the Honkers to build a 7-0 lead going into the fifth inning. Three runs by the Bombers across the fifth and sixth made it 7-3 before Rochester brought two more across the plate in the top of the seventh. Battle Creek Stormed back in the bottom of the seventh, tallying four runs against reliever Colby Green (Triton CC). The Honkers got two more in the top of the ninth, but the Bombers couldn’t bring any more runs in after getting men on second and third on a passed ball, leaving the final at 11-3.

The Honkers will be back in Minnesota tomorrow but still on the road as the head to Mankato to face the MoonDogs for the final game in this five-game road trip. The Honkers opened their season at Mankato last week with a 2-0 victory.

The Honkers will finally be back at Mayo Field on Thursday, June 4th, to face Mankato again in a double header. Two seven inning games, starting at 5:05, will be played as the teams make up their postponed game from Opening Day.

All of the Honkers games can be found on Sports Radio AM 1520 The Ticket with Clinton Cole, as well as at the Northwoods league live stream via Stretch Internet, which can be accessed through northwoodsleague.com

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The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com