The Rochester Honkers won the second game of tonight’s doubleheader against the Mankato MoonDogs by a score of 5-2 in seven innings. Colby Green got the win for the Honkers, while Matt McHugh was charged with the loss for Mankato. Rochester doubled their season total for homeruns on the day, hitting three between the two games.
The Honkers held a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning of the second game before Joe DeRoche-Duffin launched his third home run of the season, and second against the MoonDogs in as many days, to put the Honkers up 5-1. Mankato managed one unearned run against reliever Matt Fiedler (Minnesota) in the sixth, but could not mount the comeback in the seventh, ending the game.
Infielder Scott Schreiber (Nebraska) went 2-3 with an RBI in his Honker debut. Alex Schultz (Nebraska-Omaha) had one run and one RBI in one at-bat.
The Honkers claimed the first game of the twin-bill earlier 6-2 . Brad Mathiowetz (DMACC), a product of local Mayo High School, hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot during the five-run third inning by the Honkers. Sam Hall (Dixie State) also went yard for the first time in the 2015 NWL season with a solo shot in the fourth.
The Honkers will travel to St. Cloud tomorrow for a two game series against the Rox, before coming home on Sunday to play host to the Thunder Bay Border Cats. The first 500 fans will receive a free Slider bobble head courtesy of Wells Fargo and 106.9 KROC. It will also be Kid Club Day, presented by Perkins. Kids will be able to eat free on the Sports Deck and run the bases after the game.
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