Honkers Drop First Game of Doubleheader 17-0
In the first of two games tonight at Mayo Field, the Honkers were unable to replicate their success from last night's game and dropped to 3-6 on the year at the hands of the Mankato MoonDogs (6-3), by a score of 17-0.
The Honkers and MoonDogs were polar opposites in this game as the Honkers only had two hits and eight base-runners, two due to fielder’s choices, where the MoonDogs had 18 hits and 29 base-runners. In the field they were opposites, as well, with the Honkers making four errors and were unable to make numerous plays, while the MoonDogs were able to make the tough plays and walked away with a clean fielding record.
The Honkers fell behind the first place MoonDogs early as starting pitcher Jackson Rose allowed three runs in the first inning on league-leading hitter Jake Shepski's second home run, as well as a single and error by right fielder Miles Lewis that allowed Marcus Pingleton to score from first. Chase Hamilton was then driven in by the designated hitter Jordan Kozicky to make it 3-0.
The MoonDogs then scored four in the second, all off of Rose on four hits and a walk, and then six runs in the third, with four of those coming off of Rose.
Rose, after giving up 11 runs, 9 earned, gave way to Bayley Chesterton. Chesterton walked the first batter he faced before allowing a two-run double to left by Bryce Adams, only the second extra base hit of the day to make the score 12-0. Adams was then driven in by Jordan Kozicky to make it 13-0.
Chesterton got out of that inning but he only retired two batter as he was relieved after a hit and an error in the fourth by Carter Lilly who did not allow a run in the inning to hold the deficit at 13-0.
New addition from Clemson, Hunter Van Horn, was brought in and pitched a scoreless fifth but the wheels fell off for him in the sixth as he allowed four runs, three earned, on a three-run bomb to right by Hamilton and a bases-loaded walk, his fourth of the inning , before being relieved by Jesse Ellefson. Ellefson promptly retired Gavin Wehby to end the inning.
For the MoonDogs, their starter Ricky Digrugilliers, shut down the Honkers for a second time this season, pitching six shutout innings and striking out four. Brandon Radmacher came in to replace Digrugilliers in the seventh to close it out for the MoonDogs. After allowing three baserunners but closed out the game on a 1-2-3 double play to seal the 17-0 victory. Game Two will be starting at 9:10 with Houston Glad on the mound.