Honkers Fall to Huskies


(Rochester, Minn) – The Rochester Honkers fell to the Duluth Huskies, 4-3 at Mayo Field Thursday night. The Huskies scored three runs in the top of the ninth to seal the game.

Alex Fitchett (Hawaii) walked with the bases loaded to give the Honkers a 1-0 lead in the first. The Honkers scored another run in the inning, when Jackson Thoreson (St. Mary’s) hit into a double play. The double play still allowed Christopher Scalisi (Redlands) to score, making the score 2-0.

Logan Browning (Florida Southern) hit a home run to score the first Huskies’ run, making it 2-1 in the Honkers favor in the third inning. In the fourth, Fitchett hit a home run of his own, pushing the Honkers lead to 3-1.

In the ninth, Carter Hanford (Jeff Co) hit a single to pull the Huskies within one, then Matt Brown (Jeff Co) hit a two-run home run to give the Huskies the 4-3 win.

Houston Glad (NE Oklahoma JC) got the start for the Honkers; he pitched seven innings, allowed five hits, one run, walked one and struck out four. Sam Bjorngjeld (0-1) (Tulane) received the loss for the Honkers; he pitched two innings, allowed three hits, three runs and struck out one.

Ryan Tapani (Creighton) got the start for the Huskies; he pitched five innings, allowed one run on five hits, walked three and struck out two. Payton Robinson (2-0) (Southeastern Louisiana) got the win for Duluth. He went three innings, allowing no runs and struck out four.

With the loss, the Honkers fall to 5-11, and the Huskies move to 8-9.

The Honkers will be back at Mayo Field tomorrow night to take on the same Duluth Huskies. It is First Responders Night at Mayo Field, where all first responders who show their first responders ID Badge will receive a free general admission ticket! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and gates open up at 6. The Honkers will battle the Willmar Stingers over the weekend in Rochester. Saturday its Kemps Kids Night at Mayo Field, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. and gates opening at 6!


The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit