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Published On: July 30th, 2023

In the third game of their trip across the state of North Dakota, the Rochester Honkers (29-29,11-13) headed up to Minot to battle the Hot Tots (14-42, 7-17) and came away with the victory. The Honkers were down 6-1 early but stormed back and won 10-8.

The Hot Tots started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Wilson Woodcox (Temple) and Sam Holthaus (St. Cloud Tech) hit back-to-back ground-rule doubles to give Minot the 1-0 lead. It could have been much more, but Dario Gomez (Miami) threw out Holthaus trying to score on a fly ball to center field.

In the bottom of the third, Drew Woodcox (Texas Tech) homered for the Hot Tots to give them a 2-0 lead. Minot would score twice in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.

The Honkers finally found their way onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as Ian Daugherty (Oklahoma State) cranked an opposite-field solo home run to bring the Honkers within three runs. However, Minot immediately countered with two of their own in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-1 lead.

In the sixth, the Honkers exploded for eight runs, highlighted by Petey Craska’s (Georgia Tech) two-run double and a multitude of both mental and physical errors on Minot’s defense. The Honkers would hold onto a 10-7 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Jonathan Largaespada (LA Harbor CC) had the opportunity for a six-out save. With the tying run on first base, Largaespada induced a groundball and retired Drew Woodcox on a fielder’s choice, and Honkers took the 10-8 victory.

The Flock plays again tomorrow in their last game before the All-Star break. First pitch is at 5:35 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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