Honkers Can’t Catch Express in Eau Claire
(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers fell to the Eau Claire Express 13-3 in Eau Claire Friday night.
A bases-clearing triple from Daulton Varsho (UW-Milwaukee) in the third inning, helped push the Express past the Honkers. The Express got their first run in the second, and then followed up with four runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead.
The Express got two more runs in the fourth, and then scored another run in the fifth on a Daniel Herrera (New Mexico Junior College) fielder’s choice in the fifth.
The Honkers got on the board with a solo shot from Alex Fitchett (Hawaii), making the score 8-1. The Express came back with a solo home run from Jared Mang (New Mexico). Adam McKenna (Cal Poly) hit a two-RBI double to push the Express lead to 12-1.
The Express added another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Ripken Reyes (California). In the ninth, the Honkers got a two-RBI double from Casey Worden (UC Riverside), making the score 13-3.
Jackson Douglas (0-2) (Iowa Western CC) got the start and loss for the Honkers; he pitched five innings, allowed nine runs, seven of them earned, on six hits, walked three and struck out two. Bayley Chesterton (Riverside CC) pitched two innings in relief, allowed four runs on five hits, walked one and struck out one.
Caleb Boushley (4-1) (UW-La Crosse) got the win and the start for the Express; he pitched seven innings, allowed one run on four hits and struck out seven. Johnathon Tripp pitched in relief for the Express; he pitched two innings, allowed two runs on two hits and walked one.
Worden went 2 for 4 with two RBI to pace the Honkers’ offense, while Fitchett went 1 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Sam Hurt (Kent State) went 4 for 4 with two runs scored to lead the Express, while Varsho went 1 for 2 with two runs scored, three RBI and walked twice.
The Honkers are back at Mayo Field tomorrow night to battle the Duluth Huskies on Fireworks Extravaganza night presented by Olmsted Medical Center and ABC 6 News! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6! Sunday, the Honkers and Huskies will have an afternoon showdown, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. and gates open at noon! It is Kids Club Day! Also, Kids get to eat for free on the Sports Deck, with the purchase of an adult ticket, and get to 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 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 www.rochesterhonkers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Honkers as your favorite team