12 Run Fourth Carry Honkers to 15-12 Victory over Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, CANADA -- After blowing a lead in the ninth inning last night, the Honkers (6-8) could've backed down but instead, they rallied and carried by a 12 run fourth, knocked off the Border Cats (5-9 15-12.
Max Gamboa started for the Honkers and was disappointing in his three innings as he gave up five runs, four earned, and left with his team down 5-3.
Then came the fourth.
Drew Ellis, who hit his eighth home run in the second as a part of a three run inning, lead off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Josh Davis then followed with a single, and Jackson Thoreson was also hit by a pitch. Then the avalanche of scoring came.
Jacob Thomas came up to the plate and became the third batter to be hit in the inning that allowed Ellis to score. Then Miles Lewis followed that up with a normal walk to score Davis.
At that point, Anthony Paesano came in for Ben Hoffman, and he quickly gave up a hit to Kyle Kasser that drove in Thoreson and Thomas to give the Honkers a 7-5 lead.
Turner Buis walked to load the bases once again and Ryan Fitzpatrick became the fourth batter to be hit in the inning that allowed Lewis to score the fifth run of the inning and third via walk or hit by pitch.
That was it for Paesano as Tyler Moskalyk came in to face Joey Czarske. However Moskalyk, like Paesano before him, gave up an RBI single to make the game 9-5. Ellis then came to the plate for the second time in the inning and drove in Buis to make it 10-5, and Josh Davis' double cleared the bases to make the score 13-5. After Thoreson struck out, Thomas lined a single to drive in Davis, then after advancing to third on Miles Lewis' single, Thomas scored the twelfth and final run of the inning Kyle Kasser's RBI single.
In the inning, the Honkers scored 12 runs, had 8 hits, were walked twice, and had four batters hit by a pitch.
The Honkers offense was quiet the rest of the game but it was enough, as the Honkers relievers gave up seven runs but Alex Fagalde threw a perfect ninth to give the Honkers the win.
Jackson Douglas (1-4) got the win for his two innings of relief, and Hoffman (1-5) was given the loss.
The Honkers play the first of two in Wilmar tomorrow as they play the Stingers a 7:05 at Taunton Stadium.