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Honkers keep coming up a run short

Post-Bulletin sports staff

sports@postbulletin.com

DULUTH — The road has not been kind to the Rochester Honkers on this most recent trip.

The Honkers lost two one-run games to the Duluth Huskies over the weekend — 2-1 on Saturday, and 3-2 on Sunday — to push their losing streak to four games. The last three were one-run defeats.

Rochester (11-13) has lost five of six games in this seven-game road trip, which comes to a merciful end tonight in Iowa against the Waterloo Bucks.

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Rochester failed to hold a lead in the ninth inning for the third straight game Sunday afternoon at Wade Stadium.

Duluth (15-9) erased the Honkers’ early 2-0 lead, tying the score with a run in the eighth and winning it with another run in the ninth, both against relief pitcher Tim Scott (Nebraska). Scott took the loss in his first decision with Rochester.

Duluth’s Kevin Hansen (San Diego) led off the ninth inning with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the winning run on a single to left by Chase Austin (Elon).

Aaron Senne (MissourI) got Rochester on the board first with a two-run single in the top of the first inning. Efren Navarro Jr. (UNLV) went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

• Lightning struck the Honkers twice, although in a different location on Saturday. Rochester lost for the second straight night on a misplayed pitch in the bottom of the ninth, falling to Duluth 2-1 before a crowd of 2,290 at Wade Stadium.

Friday night the Honkers lost 8-7 at Brainerd on a passed ball; both times the misplayed pitch allowed the winning run to scamper home from third base.

Chase Austin led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple against Rochester relief pitcher Ryan Kussmaul (Madison Area Tech.), and after Kussmaul struck out a Huskies batter, he threw a wild pitch to the backstop and Austin scored the game winner with one out.

Craig Fritsch (Baylor) had a quality pitching start for Rochester but didn’t get a decision. He allowed eight hits and one earned run over 72⁄3 innings. Kussmaul took the loss, his first decision.

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Duluth out-hit Rochester 9-6 on Saturday. Drew Hoisington (Toledo) and Raynor Campbell (Baylor) were both 2-for-4 for the Honkers.

• Rochester opens a four-game homestand Tuesday night at Mayo Field against the Waterloo Bucks.

Report compiled by Donny Henn.

HUSKIES 2, HONKERS 1

(Saturday)

ROCHESTER (1) DULUTH (2)

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Hoisington cf 4 0 2 0 Bonadonna 2b 4 0 0 0

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Gaski rf 4 0 0 0 Hansen 3b 4 1 2 0

Campbell 2b 4 0 2 0 House lf/cf 3 0 0 0

Navarro 1b 3 0 0 0 Plagman 1b 4 0 1 0

West cf 2 1 1 0 Ellrich dh 4 0 1 1

Senne lf 3 0 1 0 Jones pr 0 0 0 0

Southers dh 2 0 0 0 Gelbrich c 4 0 1 0

Lutes pr/dh 1 0 0 0 Austin ss 4 1 3 0

Flores 3b 4 0 0 0 Overstreet lf 3 0 0 0

Norris c 3 0 0 0 Dove cf 1 0 0 0

Sullivan rf 3 0 1 0

Totals 30 1 6 0 Totals 34 2 9 1

Honkers 000 000 001 — 1 6 0

Huskies 000 000 011 — 2 9 1

E — DUL, Bonadonna. DP — DUL 1. LOB — ROC 7, DUL 8. 2B — ROC, Hoisington; DUL, Hansen, Ellrich, Austin. 3B — DUL, Austin. SB — ROC, Campbell, Senne; DUL, Hansen. CS — ROC, Senne. HBP — ROC, West. SH — ROC, Senne.

IP H R ER BB SO

Rochester

Fritsch 72⁄3 8 1 1 1 4

Kussmaul L,0-1 2⁄3 1 1 1 0 2

Duluth

Marks 71⁄3 5 0 0 3 7

Nihsen 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0

Luce 0 1 1 0 0 0

Syberg W,3-0 1 0 0 0 0 2

Time — 2:45. Attendance — 2,290.

HUSKIES 3, HONKERS 2

(Sunday)

ROCHESTER (2) DULUTH (3)

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Campbell 3b 4 0 0 0 Bonadonna 2b 4 0 1 1

Hansen ss 4 1 2 0 Hansen 3b 4 1 1 0

West cf 4 0 0 0 House lf 2 0 0 0

Navarro dh 3 1 3 0 Austin ss 4 0 1 1

Spear 2b 1 0 0 0 Plagman 1b 3 0 0 0

Senne rf 3 0 1 2 Haniger c 2 0 0 0

Hsngtn ph-rf 1 0 0 0 Drake dh 3 1 0 0

Southers lf 4 0 1 0 Dove cf 3 1 1 1

Feathrstn 1b 4 0 0 0

Norris c 3 0 0 0

Totals 31 2 7 2 Totals 27 3 6 3

Honkers 200 000 000 — 2 7 1

Huskies 001 000 011 — 3 6 1

E — Featherston, Plagman. DP — Rochester 1, Duluth 1. LOB — Rochester 8, Duluth 3 2B — Navarro, Hansen, Jones. SB — Bonadonna. CS — Norris. HBP — Spear, Norris. SH — Spear, House.

IP H R ER BB SO

Rochester

Hill 7 2 1 0 2 2

Scott L,0-1 11⁄3 3 2 2 1 0

Finn 0 1 0 0 0 0

Duluth

Webber 52⁄3 4 2 0 2 4

Nihsen 12⁄3 2 0 0 1 0

Combs W,3-0 12⁄3 1 0 0 1 1

Time — 2:30. Attendance — 824.

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