(Rochester, Minn.) – For the third straight contest, the Rochester Honkers were unable to get a run on the board as they were defeated by the Thunder Bay Border Cats 3-0 at Port Arthur Stadium. The two teams completed six innings before the game was called final due to rain in Thunder Bay.
The win gives the Border Cats their second straight to move to 8-21 in the second half and 21-44 overall. The Honkers dropped their third straight to fall to 13-16 and 30-35.
Calen Schwabe (Des Moines Area CC) got the Border Cats on the board in the second as he singled to bring in a run. Billy Cook (Pepperdine) gave Thunder Bay a 2-0 lead with a RBI single of his own.
The Border Cats added to their lead in the fifth. Dylan Caplinger (Northern Oklahoma Enid) hit a sacrifice fly to center to give Thunder Bay a 3-0 advantage.
Honkers starting pitcher Matteo Bocchi (Texas) was tagged with his second loss of the year. Bocchi tossed four innings giving up two runs on five hits. Jack Nelson (St. Mary’s) came in relief to work two innings and gave up one run.
Thunder Bay starting pitcher Rogelio Reyes (California) picked up his second win in the series opener. Reyes tossed six shutout innings and struck out eight.
The Honkers look to bounce back against the Border Cats Sunday at Port Arthur Stadium. Nick Simak (Roosevelt) is scheduled to make his second start for Rochester, Simak has a 0-1 record and a 18.00 ERA. Simak will be up against Keenan Eaton (Colorado Mesa) from Thunder Bay, Eaton has a 0-2 record and a 5.40 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 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, 200 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.