(Waterloo, Iowa) – The Rochester Honkers (6-2) relied on their pitching staff to get their fifth straight win tonight at Riverfront Stadium. The Honkers staff allowed just five hits to sneak past the Waterloo Bucks (2-6) 3-2. This is the second series in a row that Rochester has swept their opponent.
Zak Devermann (Illinois) started the game on the mound for the Honkers and worked three innings giving up just two hits and striking out one. Devermann has thrown 9 2/3 innings without giving up a run. Chad Tworek (Keiser) tossed five innings allowing two runs on three hits and struck out three to earn his second win of the year. Josh Ibarra (Concordia-Irvine) worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his second save in as many nights.
Despite the Honkers only putting up three runs, they continued to swing the bats well and finished with 12 hits. Benjamin Sems (Kansas), Derek Scott (Abilene Christian), Alex Baeza (Hawaii) and Thomas Greely (San Joaquin Delta College) all had two hits in the series finale.
Casey Dunlap (Point Loma Nazarene) got the Honkers on the board with a RBI single in the second. Michael Michalak (Illinois) and Baeza each had RBI singles in the fifth.
Waterloo fought back in the eighth with Deion Thompson (Western Illinois) hitting a 2-run single.
The Honkers will travel to Mankato for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday with the MoonDogs. Cole Quintanilla (Texas) is scheduled to make his second start of the year, he has thrown 2 2/3 shutout innings this year and has whiffed three. The Honkers and the MoonDogs will meet again at Mayo Field Thursday for a 7:05 p.m. start time.
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 Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Honkers as your favorite team.