Webberley goes yard twice in Honkers win
(Rochester, Minn)— The Rochester Honkers continued their push for the NWL playoffs Thursday night, topping the Eau Claire Express 10-4 in Rochester. Jordan Gross (Tulane) earned the win for the Honkers, while Trent Shelton (Oregon State) was charged with the loss for Eau Claire.
Rochester second baseman Ryan Webberley (Cal Poly Pomona) was impressive at the plate, going 3-5 with four RBIs and two home runs.
Alex Schultz (Nebraska-Omaha) scored the first run of the night in the first inning, stealing second base, the advancing to third and eventually home on a pair of errors by the Express.
Eau Claire would tie it up in the third, scoring on a wild pitch from Gross, and take a 3-1 lead on a two run home run.
Ryan Webberley (Cal Poly Pomona) would hit a three-run home-run in the third to regain the lead for the Honkers, and Matt Fiedler (Minnesota) would follow that with a solo home run of his own. Ryan Summer (Louisville), who led off the inning with a single and was one of the runs driven in by Webberley, would get his second at bat of the inning, and hit a 2-RBI single for a 7-3 Rochester lead.
Webberley would lead off the fourth with his second bomb of the night to make it 8-3.
The Honkers would snag an insurance run in the seventh, when Adam Walton (Illinois) lined out to short, but the Express would commit an error attempting to pick off William Paschal (Georgia Gwinnett) at first, allowing Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada) to come in. Paschal would score on a double from Summers to stretch the lead out to 10-3.
Eau Claire would hit a solo home run in the eighth to get one back, but that’s all the closer they would get, as the final would stand 10-4.
The win helped further solidify the Honkers grip on fourth place, and the final playoff spot, in the overall North Division standings, as they sit at 35-28 for the season, five games ahead of the fifth place Mankato MoonDogs.
The Honkers next home game will be Saturday, August 1st, against the Duluth Huskies at 7:05 p.m. It will be Princess/Prince Night, sponsored by Nova Academy for Cosmetology. Come dressed as a prince or princess to get free general admission.
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