Honkers Lose to Huskies in Mayo Field Shootout
(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers fell to the Duluth Huskies 13-8 at Mayo Field.
The Honkers got out to an early 2-0 lead to start the game. In the first, Casey Worden (UC Riverside) hit a RBI single. In the second, Turner Buis (Cal State Fullerton) walked with the bases loaded to make the score 2-0.
The Huskies put together five runs in the third, to take a 5-2 lead. Daniel Amaral (UCLA) hit an RBI single to get the inning started. Justin Ambrosino (West Florida) added a RBI double, and Carter Hanford (Jeff Co) added an RBI single.
The Honkers scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. Jackson Thoreson (St. Mary’s) hit a solo home run, and then Miles Lewis (North Dakota) added a sacrifice fly. Buis hit a two-RBI single to give the Honkers a 6-5 lead.
The Huskies scored two runs in the fourth to take the lead, and then got a solo home run from Reid Long (Troy) to push their lead to 8-6.
In the seventh, the Huskies scored two runs, but the Honkers came back with two runs of their own on a Keaton Weisz (Auburn) RBI single. The Honkers took advantage of an error on the play to push their second run of the inning across, to cut the lead to 10-8.
Duluth struck back with three runs in the eighth, giving them a 13-8 win.
Max Gamboa (Pepperdine) got the start for the Honkers; he pitched 2.1 innings, allowed three runs on three hits and walked two. Robert Paccione (LIU – Post) took the loss for the Honkers; he pitched one inning, allowed one run on one hit and walked one. Sam Bjorngjeld (Tulane), Tanner Schumacher (Purdue), Weisz and Drew Ellis (Louisville) all contributed on the mound.
Alex Ferguson (Minnesota Duluth) got the start for the Huskies; he pitched 2.1 innings, allowed six runs on seven hits and walked four. David Kroger (1-0) (St. Cloud State) got the win for the Huskies; he pitched 4.2 innings, allowed two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out one.
Jacob Thomas (UC Davis) went 3 for 5 with two runs scored to lead the Honkers’ offense, while Buis went 2 for 3 with three RBI to help the offense.
Amaral went 5 for 5 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead the Huskies offense.
The Honkers fall to 7-26 with the loss, and the Huskies move to 18-16.
Tomorrow, the Honkers are in Waterloo to finish off a suspended game on June 14. The game is in the top of the ninth, and the Honkers trail the Bucks 3-2 with nobody out. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. A full nine-inning game will be played after the suspended game is finished. The Honkers are back at home Tuesday to play the Waterloo Bucks on TV Tuesday presented by Sam’s Club! One lucky fan will have a chance to win a 40” TV from Sam’s Club! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6:00!
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