(Duluth, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers (3-5) ended a three-game skid with a 10-6 victory over the Duluth Huskies (5-3) in Wade Stadium Tuesday afternoon. Three Honker batters had multi-hit games, including a four-hit, three-RBI performance from David Noworyta (Hawaii).
Ryan Dorney (St. Martin’s) earned the win (1-1) for the Honkers after pitching six innings, giving up three runs on three hits. He walked four batters with four strikeouts.James Kaye (Augsburg) earned the loss (0-1) after giving up three runs (all unearned) in three innings.
The Honkers jumped out to a three-run first inning. A Zach Zubia (Texas) double scored the leadoff batter, Johnathan Fleek (Western Illinois). Four batters later, David Noworyta brought in two more runs with a bases-loaded single.
Duluth grabbed a run on two hits in the bottom of the first. Dorney retired the next four batters but ran into trouble in the third inning. The Huskies tied the game at 3-3 after three walks and two hit batters.
With two outs in the fourth, back-to-back errors by the Duluth third baseman scored Zubia and gave the Honkers their second lead of the game. Michael Michalak (DMACC) followed with a two-run single, scoring Ethan Ibarra (St. Cloud State) and Jordan Hart (Minnesota State Mankato).
The Honker bats heated up again with two outs in the sixth inning. After the fourth Husky error of the game, Michalak and Noworyta singled back-to-back, bringing in another three runs. That gave the Honkers a six-run lead, their largest of the game.
Duluth battled back in the seventh inning, scoring three runs on six consecutive hits off Honker reliever Drew Slade (Ripon). Manny Armendariz (Doane) relieved Slade and shut down the Huskies with three consecutive strikeouts.
Armendariz finished the game on the mound for the Honkers. He finished with 3.0 innings pitched, surrendering only one hit with five strikeouts.
Rochester will finish their six-game road trip tomorrow night at Carson Park against the Eau Claire Express. Chia-Ching Ho (National Taiwan Sports University) is scheduled to make his first start of the season for the Honkers. First pitch on Wednesday from Eau Claire is 6:35 pm.
The Flock will be back at Mayo Field on Thursday, June 8th to take on the Eau Claire Express. Come to the ball game for Team-Up/Miracle Field Kick Off Night, presented by Meshbesher & Spence.
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