Back-to-Back 1st inning homeruns propel Honkers over MoonDogs

(Rochester, Minn)—The Rochester Honkers shut out the Mankato MoonDogs on Friday night, 5-0. Matt Fiedler (Minnesota) picked up the win for the Honkers, while Connor O’Neil (Cal State Northridge) was charged with the loss for Mankato.

The win keeps the Honkers a perfect 3-0 in the second half of the NWL season. Rochester is 5-2 against Mankato on the season.

The Honkers took an early lead in front of over 2000 fans, as Joe DeRoche-Duffin (UCONN) and Mark Contreras (UC Riverside) hit solo homeruns on back-to-back pitches from O’neil for a 2-0 advantage.

Dempsey Grover (UC Santa Barbara) scored on a sacrifice fly from Adam Walton (Illinois) and William Paschal (Georgia Gwinnett) came in on a wild pitch in the second inning for a 4-0 Rochester lead.

An insurance run by Slade Heggen (Oregon) off the bat of Paschal in the eighth solidified the Honkers win as Fiedler allowed just two hits in his six innings of work, and Ricky Delgado (San Joaqiun Delta College), Greg Jakusik (Stevens Institute) and Spencer Greer (Dixie State) combined for a perfect final three innings.

The Honkers will have the Fourth of July off, but will be back in action on Sunday the 5th, hosting Thunder Bay at 1:05. It will be the Salute to Veterans presented by Broadway Residence and Suites by Bridgestreet and Newstalk 1340 KROC. All Veterans and current military members will receive free admission with their military ID. It will also be the second I Bike/Walk Rochester event of the season, presented by Olmsted County Public Health. Park in the designated lot on 4th street and walk to the game, and you could receive up to four free tickets. Anyone who bikes to the game will also receive free admission.

You can follow all the Honkers action on Sports Radio AM 1520 The Ticket with Clinton Cole, and on the Northwoods League Live stream, which can be found at Just click on the Watch Games Live link at the bottom of the page.


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