Yano earns fourth win as Honkers rout Growlers

Rochester, MN ( — The Rochester Honkers defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 11-2 Wednesday night, and took the season series 3-1. Jayson Yano (Stevens Institute) earned his fourth win of the season, moving him to 4-1 on the year. Yano also helped himself, picking off two baserunners.  

The Honkers scored two in the bottom of the first inning, bucking their recent trend of falling behind early. Adam Walton (Illinois) grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, preventing him from picking up an RBI but bringing in Alex Schultz (Nebraska-Omaha) for the first score. Connor Schaefbauer came in for the second run on an infield error.

Kalamazoo closed the gap to one on a failed pickoff attempt by Yano in the fifth, but the Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada) scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to make it 3-1.

The Growlers made another close with a run in the top of the seventh, but Rochester came back with four in the bottom of that same inning, including two on an two-RBI double by Dempsey Grover (UC Santa Barbara), to take a 7-2 lead.

The Honkers added four insurance runs in the eighth.

Chad Cazplewski (St. Thomas) got his first appearance for the Honkers in the ninth and stifled any Kalamazoo comeback attempts, securing the 11-2 Honker victory.

The Honkers will be on a four game road trip to Thunder Bay and Duluth the next four days, but will be back home on June 30th at 12:05 p.m. to host the Waterloo Bucks in the first game of a home-and-home doubleheader. The second game will be in Waterloo at 7:05 that evening. It will be Kid’s 3 Buck Day Presented by Perkins. Kids 12 and under will be able to get into the game for three dollars. It will also be the first game of the 2015 Scheel’s Highway 63 Cup, given to the Winner of the Rochester-Waterloo season series.