Grover’s RBI in eighth breaks tie

(Rochester, Minn.) - The Rochester Honkers defeated the Duluth Huskies 5-4 Sunday night, their first win over Duluth in four attempts this season. Patrick Duester (Tulane) earned the win for the Honkers, moving him to 3-1 on the year, while Spencer Greer (Dixie State) got his sixth save of 2015. Jordan Cummings (Winston Salem St.) was charged with the loss for Duluth.

Mark Contreras (UC-Riverside) had two hits, a run scored and two RBIs on the night for Rochester, including a two-run home run in the fourth.

The Huskies scored a run in bottom of the first inning, and held a 1-0 lead until Contreras’ hit his first home run of the season that brought Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada) in and gave the Honkers a 2-1 lead.

The lead stretched to 4-1 when Adam Walton (Illinois) brought Krzmarzick and Ryan Summers (Louisville) home on his two RBI double in the sixth, but Duluth scored one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to tie the game at 4-all with two innings to go.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Krzmarzick scored his third run of the day on Dempsey Grover’s (UC-Santa Barbara) RBI single to give Rochester a 5-4 lead that would hold as Greer would allow just one hit by the Huskies in the final two innings.

The Honkers will be off today before coming back to Rochester on Tuesday, June 30th, to face the Waterloo Bucks at 12:05 p.m. at Mayo Field. It will be Kids 3 Buck Day, presented by Perkins, where all kids 12 and under can get into the game for just three dollars. It will be the first game of a split double header. The second game will be in Waterloo at 7:05 that night. These will be the first two games in the Honkers' and Bucks' competition for the Scheel's Highway 63 Cup this season. The Cup is awarded to the winner of the season series between Rochester and Waterloo.