Kyle Kasser and Miles Lewis combine for six hits in the loss
(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers recorded 11 hits, and got a combined six from the first two hitters in their lineup, but fell to the Battle Creek Bombers 9-3 at Mayo Field Friday night.
Kyle Kasser (Oregon) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Miles Lewis (North Dakota) went 3-for-5 to lead the Honkers’ in the loss to Battle Creek.
The Bombers got the lead in the second inning when Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) launched a solo home run. Jarrod Watkins (Wabasha Valley CC) added a RBI single to make the score 2-0.
The Bombers got three more runs in fourth when Eric Gilgenbach (Notre Dame) hit a three-run home run in the fourth. Lewis got the Honkers on the board with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to score Riley Erickson (Ripon College) to make the score 5-1. The Honkers got another run in the sixth when Erickson ripped a RBI single to score Drew Ellis (Louisville) and make the score 5-2.
Dean Miller (Riverside CC) launched a solo home run in the seventh and Gilgenbach hit his second home run of the day in the eighth. The Bombers added another run in the eighth to make the score 9-2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Saddle Back) drove in Kasser in the ninth to make it 9-3.
David Worrell (1-5) (Corpus Christi) got the start and the loss for the Honkers; he went six innings, allowed five runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out three. Davis Messer (Santa Barbara City) pitched in relief; he went one inning, allowed one run and struck out one. Ian Clark (Santa Barbara City) and Stevie Ledesma (Santa Barbara City) finished the last two innings for the Honkers.
Nigel Ward (3-3) (Cal Poly) got the start and the win for the Bombers; he went six innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out five. Krystien Johnson-Battilana (Davenport) pitched two innings in relief; he allowed two hits and struck out two.
Kasser and Lewis paced the Honkers offense with three hits each, while Gilgenbach went 2-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored to lead the Bombers.
The Honkers fall to 11-18 in the second half and 18-46 overall, while the Bombers move to 16-11 in the second half and 34-29 overall.
The Honkers are in Thunder Bay for a weekend series against the Border Cats. Saturday, first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and Sunday’s first pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. The Honkers are back at Mayo Field Monday to take on the St. Cloud Rox for WWE / Superhero Night with Z-ROCK 107.7! Come dressed as your favorite WWE Superstar or Superhero and get a general admission ticket for free! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6:00! Wednesday is the final home regular-season game for the Honkers on Fan / Host Family Appreciation Night against the Rox! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6!
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