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HONKERS DROP HEARTBREAKER IN LA CROSSE

LA CROSSE, WIS – The Rochester Honkers were walked off on Monday night, losing 10-9 against the La Crosse Loggers at Copeland Park.

The Honkers started fast in this game. They led  2-0 before the Loggers even came to bat thanks to a Theo Hardy  (San Jose State) RBI triple and Alex Pimentel (Long Beach State) sac fly. La Crosse tied it in the bottom half of the inning but Rochester took a four run lead in the third. Michael Brown (Washington) made it  3-2  with an RBI single and Alex  Pimentel drove in three with a three run  home run to straightaway right field.

The Loggers battled back.  They scored six unanswered runs to take an 8-6 lead. The go-ahead hit was a Landon  Wallace (West Virginia) two run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Drama ensued in the ninth. After Michael Brown (Washington) and Alex Ritzer (UNC) reached, Dario Gomez hit his first home run as a Honker, a three run shot, to make it 9-8 Rochester. It looked like the Honkers would steal a victory, but it wasn’t mean to be. The Loggers scored two runs on four walks and a hit-by-pitch against Andrew Duran (Arkansas Pine Bluff) in the bottom half of the inning. The final walk was with the bases loaded in a tie game, forcing in the winning run.

With the loss Rochester falls to 3-3 in the second half. The next time the Honkers are in action is Thursday night in Waterloo against the Bucks. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.