(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers defeated the Waterloo Bucks 2-0 in Waterloo Monday night behind a complete-game shutout from Alex Fagalde (2-1) (UC Riverside). The Honkers’ win split the season series between the two teams, and split the SCHEELS Highway 63 Cup Series!
Faglade’s complete game shutdown was the motor to the Honkers’ victory, as he allowed four hits, walked two and struck out six in the outing.
Alex Fitchett (Hawaii) led the third inning off with a double, and Turner Buis (Cal State Fullerton) lined a two-out single to right field to score Fitchett and give the Honkers a 1-0 lead.
In the ninth, the Honkers got an insurance run when Jackson Thoreson (St. Mary’s) singled a RBI single to score Joey Czarske (Cal State Northridge) to make the score 2-0.
One Bucks’ player reached second base, and none went past it, as Fagalde was dominant throughout.
Jonathan Buckley (1-1) (St. Mary’s) got the start and the loss for Waterloo; he went 6.1 innings, allowed one run on five hits, walked one and struck out three. Derek Hendrixson (Wright State) pitched in relief for the Bucks; he pitched 1.2 innings and allowed two hits. Brandon Downey (Maryville) threw the final inning; he allowed two hits and one unearned run.
Buis went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Ryan Fitzpatrick (Saddle Back) and Czarske went 2-for-4 to lead the Honkers’ offense.
Alex Boxwell (Minnesota) went 2-for-3 to lead the Bucks.
With the win the Honkers advance to 7-10 in the second half and 14-38 overall, while the Bucks fall to 7-10 in the second half and 29-23 overall.
The Honkers are back at Mayo Field Tuesday, when the La Crosse Loggers come to town! Tuesday is TV Tuesday, presented by Sam’s Club, where one lucky fan will have the chance to win a 40” TV! First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6:00! The Honkers will take the Loggers on again Wednesday when the World Famous ZOOperstars will be preforming presented by McNeilus Steel and ABC 6 News! 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!