(Rochester, Minn.) – Drew Ellis (Louisville) went 1-for-4 and scored a run at the Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison, Wis. Tuesday night. He was the lone representative from the Rochester Honkers in the annual double-header event.
Ellis laced a single to left field in his second at-bat, and eventually came around to score, but the Visiting team defeated the Home team 6-5 in game one of the double header.
Ellis got the start at third base and made a couple nice defensive plays in the field.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Home team scored two runs on a RBI double from Eau Claire’s Alex McKenna (Cal Poly) to take a 2-1 lead, and then Ellis scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-1.
The Visiting team scored in the fourth and seventh, and took the lead with a three-run eighth inning, that was topped off when Mankato’s Chase Hamilton (Cal Poly) hit a double to score his MoonDogs’ teammate Jordan Kozicky (Minnesota) and give the Visiting team a 6-3 lead.
The Home team scored in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from La Crosse’s Mason McCoy, and another run later in the inning but the Visiting team left with a 6-5 win.
McKenna went 1-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Home team, while Hamilton went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Visiting team.
The La Crosse Loggers’ Cason Sherrod (Texas A&M) took the loss for the Home team, as he allowed three runs, two of them earned, on one hit and walked one. St. Cloud’s Aaron Rozek (Minnesota-State Mankato) picked up the win after throwing a perfect seventh inning.
Game two of the double header is set for 7:35 p.m.
The Honkers are back at home on Wednesday against the St. Cloud Rox on Fan / Host Family appreciation night! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6:00! The Honkers will head to Duluth on Thursday to take on the Huskies in a two-game series. Thursday and Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
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!