Honkers use balanced attack to defeat MoonDogs

The Honkers improved to 14-17 with a 9-3 victory over the Mankato MoonDogs on Saturday.

Rochester Honkers baseball logo
We are part of The Trust Project.

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Honkers had six different players drive in a run as they earned a two-game split with the Mankato MoonDogs by posting a 9-5 victory on Saturday night at Mayo Field.

The Honkers have now won three of their past four games and are 14-17 overall. Mankato had held off the Honkers 12-10 on Friday.

Also Read
Rochester took an early lead but it didn't last as Eau Claire scored in five consecutive innings.
The Honkers missed out on the postseason again this year, but still brought plenty of excitement to Mayo Field once again.

The Honkers trailed 5-3 before taking the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Ritzer drove in the first run of the inning for the Honkers with a ground out. Austin Davis, Alex Pimentel and Nico Regino followed with run-scoring singles.

Davis, Regino and Tyler White were all 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Honkers. White is now hitting .368 this season and Regino is batting .353.

White and Carson Stevens both scored two runs while Ritzer had two RBIs.


Frank Craska, the second of three Honkers pitchers, earned the win. He threw three scoreless innings as he allowed three hits, struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Sean Ross had a big game for the MoonDogs. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the season, and had five RBIs.

The Honkers will play at the La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Cam Holycross (1-1, 5.06 ERA) is the probable starting pitcher for the Honkers and Matthew Linskey (0-0, 1.29 ERA) is expected to start for the Loggers.

Honkers boxscore:

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.
What to read next
Taylor Heise has excelled on the world stage for U.S. women's hockey teams multiple times. In less than two weeks, the former Red Wing High School star and current University of Minnesota standout will get her first chance to play for a U.S. senior national team at the 2022 IIHF Women's World Championships.
A big sixth inning helped Rochester overcome a three-run deficit and finish off the sweep in Waterloo.
Rochester natives, longtime friends and tennis stars Jessie Aney and Ingrid Neel will be joining forces as they'll play doubles together in next week's Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. The tournament is being run by Rochester native and former professional doubles standout Eric Butorac.
The Austin Bruins spent most of this week at Riverside Arena or at a hotel in Austin, as they held their annual Orientation Camp, where players were "off the grid" in order to bond as a group and learn what will be expected of them in the 2022-23 season.