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Published On: June 19th, 2023

In a close contest, the Rochester Honkers (13-8) defeated the Eau Claire Express (9-10) by a final score of 3-2. It was a pitcher’s duel the whole way, and Rochester has now won consecutive games for the first time since their six-game winning streak.

Will Lavin (Western Illinois) got the start for the Honkers, while Isaac Lyon started for the Express. Both pitchers had solid days on the mound, but Eau Claire scratched across the game’s first run in the seventh.

The Express loaded the bases with just one out, and DJ Massey (Central Arizona) came to the plate. He hit a short pop-up to second base, and Petey Craska (Georgia Tech) and Jared Davis (Arizona Western) both went for the ball.

It dropped in between the two, but the force was made at second base, but by then, Dylan O’Connell (St. Thomas) had already scored the game’s first run. The run would be unearned, and Lavin would retire the side without any more damage.

The game rolled along for the next two innings without anything extraordinary happening. Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Honkers broke through in a big way.

Nico Regino (Charleston Southern) led off the inning with a game-tying solo home run. Later in the inning, the Honkers had bases loaded with two outs with Jared Davis at the plate.

Davis was struggling at the plate and was hitting just .227 heading into the matchup. He was at the plate in what would be the game’s biggest at-bat.

The TCU commit hit a slow grounder to the left side, and the shortstop DJ Massey had to make a challenging play on it. He made a strong throw to first base, but Davis dove for the bag and reached the bag just ahead of the throw to give the Honkers the lead.

Rochester would tack on another run in the inning on a wild pitch to bring their lead to 3-1. Easton Richter (St. Louis) came for a struggling Trevor Lee (Wichita State) and induced a ground ball double play that got the Honkers out of a huge jam in the fifth inning.

Richter cruised through the next few frames but allowed an unearned run in the eighth inning. The Honkers had just a one-run lead heading into the ninth.

For the second straight game, Greyson Christian (Northeastern State) came in to close out the ninth. He retired the Express in order, and the Honkers took the win.

Rochester will be on the road tomorrow against the Eau Claire Express. First pitch is at 6:35 pm.

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!

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