Waterloo, IA. – After a tough loss on Saturday, the Honkers took out their frustration on the Waterloo Bucks Sunday by beating them, 6-1.
Rochester got the scoring started when Trace Peterson (Lake Erie College) drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Honkers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Honkers’ starting pitcher Ryan Middledorf (Lake Erie College) also got off to an impressive start by not allowing a run throughout the first four innings.
After a couple of scoreless innings, Rochester got three singles and a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning to once again load the bases. This time, it was Rochester’s other Peterson, Tristan (New Mexico State), who recorded the RBI as he hit a sacrifice-fly to right field to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Honkers kept the momentum going in the fifth inning as Brennan Schmitt (UW-La Crosse) scored when Craig Shepherd (Evansville) reached first base on a Waterloo error. But the fun didn’t stop there. After a walk to Joey Daini (Sacramento City College), Evan Berkey (Cal State-Bakersfield) laced a double to left field to score Mitchell Allen (New Mexico State) and Shepherd to give Rochester a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bucks got their first and only run of the game when Mike Nyisztor hit a single to right field allowing Alonzo Rubalcaba to score.
The Honkers made up for that Waterloo run in the seventh inning. Tristan Peterson got his second RBI after hitting a single to score Daini from second base.
In the bottom of the seventh, Landon Anderson (Cal State-Fullerton) relieved Middendorf and pitched two scoreless innings. Casey Nimmo (San Diego Mesa) came in to pitch the ninth inning. After a walk to his first batter, he got the last three outs of the game.
The 6-1 victory improved the Honkers’ record to 7-6.
They will try to complete the sweep of Waterloo on Monday, June 10, in a 6:35 p.m. start. Following that series, the Honkers head to Bismarck, North Dakota, to play four games in three days against the Larks.
Season tickets and new all-you-can-eat ticket packages are available for purchase right now at www.RochesterHonkers.com or by calling the Honkers front office at 507-289-1170.
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