Game two of the home-and-home series between the Rochester Honkers (6-2) and the La Crosse Loggers (3-5) saw the Rochester offense erupt for a 17-5 victory in The Badger State. Most of the offense was contained in the fourth and fifth innings, where the Honkers scored seven and eight runs, respectively.
La Crosse happened to get the scoring started in the bottom of the third with a towering two-run home run off the bat of Michael Dixon (Concordia-Irvine), but the Honkers immediately responded. The Flock sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth inning.
A combination of walks, errors and timely hitting propelled Rochester to a 7-2 lead, which was quickly trimmed down to 7-4 after another two-run home run this time by Brandon Hager (Arkansas State). The Honkers promptly put that in the rearview mirror after another crooked number in the fifth.
Chase Spencer (Air Force) had another spectacular game with his second-straight three-hit night and Griffen Sotomayor (Washington State) drove in four runs. Ben North (Creighton) was easily the night’s top performer, driving in five runs and putting an exclamation point on the night with a towering two-run blast to left field in the ninth.
Each Honker both had a hit and scored a run in the game. The Flock handed La Crosse their fifth straight loss after the Loggers had won their first three games.
The scariest moment of the night came in the top of the ninth when Loggers’ pitcher Blake Whiting (Utah) tossed a 98-mile-per-hour fastball that hit Kimo Fukofuka (San Jose State) directly in the helmet.
Fukofuka was able to make his way down to first base but was removed when Jakob Guardado (Pasadena City College) came in to pinch run.
The Honkers came out on top in this contest because of the many miscues La Crosse had and the way they were able to string hits together. Rochester finished with 15 hits and still leads the Great Plains East division.
This Honkers will be in action again on Tuesday as they begin a two-game home-and-home series against the Waterloo Bucks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
The Rochester Honkers began their 30th season of play on May 29th. Keep up with the team on social media by following them on Twitter (@RochHonkers) and Instagram (@honkersbaseball) and like the Honkers on Facebook at Rochester Honkers Baseball Club. Interact on social by using the hashtag #FunForTheWholeFlock!
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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, over 310 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.