On a swelteringly hot day, the Waterloo Bucks (33-27, 19-7) came into town and dismantled the Rochester Honkers (29-31, 11-15) by a final score of 14-8. The Bucks got off t0 an early 7-1 lead after three innings, and Rochester never recovered.
Cole Mahlum’s (Dakota County Technical College) string of poor starts continued, allowing all seven runs through just three innings of work. Trevor Lee (Wichita State) came in and tossed two scoreless innings before allowing a grand slam to Aaron Ujimori (Hawaii), making it an 11-3 ballgame.
Brendan O’Sullivan (UNLV) and Petey Craska (Georgia Tech) were the only bright spots for the Honkers.
O’Sullivan homered twice, and Craska went deep once to at least keep the Honkers in the contest.
However, it wasn’t enough for the Honkers to defeat the Bucks. These two teams battle again on Friday 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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