Honkers Win 20th, 5-2 in Duluth
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Honkers (13-21, 20-49) became the final Northwoods League team to win 20 games this season, as Ricky Delgado's quality start, and a four-run second, gave them a 5-2 victory versus the Duluth Huskies (10-23, 28-41).
In the second the Honkers scored four runs on three hits to take a 4-0 lead. Cole Heavilin drove in the first run with a bases-loaded RBI single to score Joey Czarske. Josh Hauser then drove in Jackson Thoreson with a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 2-0 game. After Turner Buis reached on a fielder's choice, Kyle Kasser hit a two run double, to lengthen the lead to 4-0.
Ricky Delgado (2-4) took it from there.
Delgado had another great start, going seven innings allowing only two runs, both unearned in the third, walking none, and striking out three to get his second win of the season.
The two runs in the third both came with two outs as Daniel Amaral reached on an error by Josh Hauser, then scored on Austin Bernard's single. Bernard then came around to score on Dillon Paulson's single to bring the game to a 4-2 score.
That would be all for the Huskies however as Delgado shut them down the rest of the way, allowing only two hits over the final four innings of his start.
Fred Manke (L, 0-3) was the pitcher of decision for the Huskies, getting the loss after going seven innings allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits, five walks, and one strikeout.
He was relieved by Alex Ferguson pitched two innings giving up one run in the ninth, on Casey Worden's sacrifice fly, making the score 5-2.
Stevie Ledezma came in and pitched the final two innings for the Honkers, and despite trouble in the eighth, walking two, he pitched two no-hit innings, striking out four and earning his third save of the season.
The Honkers play their second straight game in Duluth tonight at 6:35 at Wade Stadium.