1C Honkers road trip is off on the right foot

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Rochester Honkers manufactured a two-out run in the first inning Sunday afternoon, a run that started them on their way to a 7-1 thumping of the Duluth Huskies in Northwoods League baseball action.

It was the first game of a four-game road trip. After two games in Duluth, the Honkers visit Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home for games Thursday-Saturday.

Austin Wates walked, stole second base, then advanced to third on an error by the Huskies’ catcher. Eric Stephens followed by belting an RBI double to put the Honkers up for good, 1-0.

That’s where the score stayed until the sixth when the Honkers scored four more runs. Stephens again drove in a run with a double, and Jake Overstreet drove in two runs with a double.


Cole Tyrell added a two-run single in the ninth to cap the scoring for the Honkers (9-6).

The Huskies scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI groundout.

Honkers starter Phil Haig (2-0) took a shutout into the ninth, but he was pulled with two outs in the inning after surrendering a run. Jesse Meaux came on and got the first batter he faced, Chris House, to fly out to center field to end the game.

Honkers fall to Green Bay on Saturday

Rochester rallied from three runs down in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday at Mayo Field, but Green Bay managed to scratch out a two-out run in the 12th inning for an 8-7 victory.

Rochester’s Jonathan Turner walked Austin Holt with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to force home the winning run.

Four Honkers had two-hit games: Austin Wates, Devin Goodwin, Eric Stephens and Dallas Tarleton. Stephens, the Honkers’ first baseman, had five RBIs, including a two-run double in the third inning and a three-run home run in the eighth to send the game to extra innings.

The Honkers close out a two-game series at Duluth at 7:05 p.m. today.

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