Honkers Drop Third Straight in 10-5 Loss
The Honkers once again allowed their opponent to have a big first inning and then were unable to make a comeback, losing to the La Crosse Loggers 10-5.
Chris McGinness (L, 1-1), the Honkers starting pitcher, gave up four of his seven runs in the first inning on two RBI singles and a two-run home run of the bat of Griff Conine, the son of former major leaguer outfielder/first baseman Jeff Conine.
An Alex Fitchett single in the top of the third drove in Miles Lewis for the Honkers first run, but that was all they got until the fifth. In the fifth, Joey Czarske drove in Keaton Weisz to cut the deficit to two but the Loggers quickly responded, scoring three more in the bottom half of the inning off of McGinness, courtesy of a Luke Farley three-run shot, his third of the year.
The Honkers relievers fared slightly better, only giving up three, but the grand total of ten runs allowed by the Honkers pitching staff was too much for the offense to overcome.
The Honkers scored two more in the sixth on a Christopher Scalisi single and error by the centerfielder, and one more in the seventh on a Jackson Thoreson sacrifice fly.
Offensively the Honkers had a new look line-up with Bryce Marquardt out, as Miles Lewis led off, followed by Czarske and Thoreson. The most recent two hitter, Troy Traxler, batted in the six hole where he went 3-4.
Nelson Martz (W, 2-0) got the win for the Loggers, pitching five innings, giving up two runs six hits and striking out five. Graham Spraker was given the save, his second of the year.
The Honkers are back at home Monday night as they play La Crosse for the second straight time with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.