(Rochester, Minn.) – For the second night in a row there was a walk-off between the Rochester Honkers (2-2) and the Waterloo Bucks (1-3). This time, it was the Honkers who pulled off the 5-4 win at Mayo Field.
With Benjamin Sems (Kansas) on first, Ryan Casper (Point Loma Nazarene) drove a double to the right center gap to score Sems and end the game. It was the first walk-off win of the year for Rochester.
Casper finished the game with three hits and three RBIs and bumped his batting average up to .571 on the year. Chandler Cannon (Walters State) got the start for Honkers and lasted 4 1/3 innings surrendering four runs on five hits and struck out six. Zak Devermann shut the door for the Honkers finishing the remaining 4 2/3 innings giving up no runs and striking out five to earn his first win of the season.
Casper drove in his first run of the game with a double to put the Honkers on top in the first. The Bucks came back with two runs in the second, Trey Leonard (Louisville) hit a sacrifice fly to bring a run home. Skyler Messinger (Kansas) hit an infield single to bring home one more. The Honkers immediately responded with two runs of their own as Derek Scott hit a sacrifice fly to right and Sems drew a walk with the bases loaded.
In the fourth, Casper singled to left to drive in his second RBI of the game and extend the Honkers lead to two. The lead was short-lived as the Bucks came back to tie the game in the fifth after a bases loaded walk and a RBI infield single from Leonard.
The Honkers will visit the La Crosse Loggers this Saturday and Sunday, first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. respectively. Rochester will be back at Mayo Field Monday for a match-up with the Waterloo Bucks. Monday is Reusable Tote Bag Night presented by F&M Community Bank and Y-105FM. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com or download the new