Hesse Comes Through Late as Bucks Walk-Off Honkers

In a four plus hour drag-out fight, the Charley Hesse drove home the tying run and scored the winning run in the 12th inning to lift Waterloo over the Rochester Honkers 9-8.

Rochester scored first on a sac fly from Aaron Simmons, but Peyton Williams hit his 12th home run of the season to give the Bucks a 2-1 lead after three. Rochester would jump in front 4-2 on the back of a three-run fourth inning capped by a two-run double from Taison Corio.

The Bucks and Honkers would trade blows until extras. Each team would score in the 11th inning and set the stage for a thrilling 12th. Steven Moretto scored for Rochester in the top of the 12th on a ground out from Ty Hamilton to put the Honkers up 8-7. However, the Bucks had the final say.

Charley Hesse drove home Dylan Gotto from third after a wild pitch on a wild pitch. Hesse got to second on a wild pitch then slid under a tag from Logan Sanders at third as the front-end of a double steal. As the winning run, Ethan Copeland hit a ground ball to Robert Moore at short. Hesse made a break for the plate and Moore tried to throw him out. His throw was off-line and Hesse scored the winning run to lift the Bucks to a 9-8 win.

Dylan Gotto earned the win with one inning and zero earned runs in 12th. Dallas Miller took the loss in his Honkers debut, giving up three runs, including the winning run. The Bucks and Honkers square off tomorrow from Mayo Field in Rochester with first pitch at 6:35 p.m.