Honkers win big in Waterloo
The Rochester Honkers topped the Waterloo Bucks 12-1 in the first game of Wednesday’s split doubleheader. Matt Walker (UCLA) earned his first win of the season, allowing one earned run on seven hits in 8 innings pitched. Eric Brown (Gettysburg College) was charged with the loss for Waterloo.
The Honkers offense was effective from top to bottom in the blowout, but Ryan Webberley (Cal Poly Pomona) was easily the best bat, going 2-6 at the plate with a home run and five RBIs.
The Honkers got on the board in the second when William Paschal (Georgia Gwinnett) drove in Scott Schreiber (Nebraska) with a double. Miles Mastrobuoni drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada) and Webberley followed that by hitting into a fielders choice that brought Paschal in for a 3-0 Honkers lead.
In the fifth, Schreiber would hit a single into right field that would bring in Mark Contreras (UC Riverside) to add some insurance and push Rochester’s lead to 4-0.
Webberley would hammer a ball over the wall with two outs in the sixth for his third home run of the year, and bring in Mastrbuoni and Paschal, who both reached base on walks, with him to give the Honkers a 7-0 lead.
Waterloo would pick up a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Honkers would respond in resounding fashion in the seventh. Ryan Summers (Louisville) draw a bases loaded walk to score Krmarzick, the Matrbuoni would hit a two-RBI single that brought in Paschal and Bram Grooten (Wentworth Institute). Summers would score on a double from Webberley, and Mastrobuoni would find his way home form third on a wild pitch to set give the Honkers a 12-1 lead.
This was the first win on the road in the season’s Scheels Highway 63 Cup series, which now stands at 3-2 with the Honkers out front. The Bucks will get a shot to even it up tonight in Rochester though, as the two meet at Mayo Field at 7:05 p.m. for the second game of the split double header.
All of the Honkers games can be found live on Sports Radio AM 1520 The Ticket with Clinton Cole. You can also listen for free at www.rochesterhonkers.com by clicking on the Listen to Games Live link. Live video streams of the games are available via the Northwoods league Live Stream, powered by Stretch Internet. To access, just visit www.northwoodsleague.com and 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 www.rochesterhonkers.com