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Honkers assert themselves, cruise

Eckard, Cross pave way to easy win

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The Rochester Honkers avoided what would have been just their second two-game losing streak of the season Wednesday, as they slid past the Waterloo Bucs 7-4 in Northwoods League baseball.

The Honkers, who are now 14-3 in the South Division second-half standings, got an excellent pitching performance from starter Scott Eckard (USC Upstate). He worked the first seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Eckard upped his record to 7-2. Jake Toohey (Illinois) got the final out of the ninth inning for his 18th save.

Offensively, the Honkers were paced by Adam Cross (Kennesaw State) and Jaime Pedroza (UC Riverside). Both had three hits. Cross also scored twice, knocked in two runs and had a pair of doubles.

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Rochester could easily have had more runs, but stranded 11 baserunners.

The Honkers jumped on the Bucs (7-10 in the second half of the season) early, grabbing a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning.

The Bucs, who managed just six hits, never seriously threatened after that.

The Honkers play host to Waterloo at 7:05 tonight.

ROCHESTER (7) WATERLOO; (4)

ab r h bi ab r h bi

; White 3b 4 1 0 0 Hastings; 3b 3 1 0 0

; Cross cf 4 2 3 2 Brown; 2b 4 1 1 0

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; Engel dh 5 0 2 2 Matlock; cf 3 1 0 0

; Jones rf 3 0 0 1 Lanning; c 3 1 0 2

; Navarro 1b 4 1 1 1 Humphrey; 1b 4 0 1 1

; Fahey lf 2 2 2 0 Robin; dh 4 0 1 0

; Pedroza ss 4 0 3 0 Hamilton; ss 4 0 1 1

; Mussleman c 3 0 1 1 Whitlow; lf 3 0 0 0

; Drever 2b 2 1 0 2 Aaron; rf 3 0 0 0

; Totals 31 7 12 7 Totals 31 4 6 4

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; Rochester 200 102 110 -- 7 12 1

; Waterloo 100 001 002 -- 4 6 2

; E -- Navarro, Lanning, Hamilton. DP -- Waterloo; 1. LOB -- Rochester; 11, Waterloo 5. 2B -- Cross 2, Humphrey. SB -- White,; Cross 2, Engel. CS -- Cross.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Rochester

Eckard W, 7-2 7 4 2 1 2 7

; Radmacher 1 0 0 0 0 1

; Hoffmann 0 1 2 2 2 0

; Mazzone 2/3 0 0 0 1 0

; Toohey S, 18 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

; Waterloo

Rodewald L, 1-4 5 7 5 5 5 2

; Hewett 1 0 0 0 1 0

; Triolo 3 5 2 2 3 5;

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