Honkers Win Close One, Hold Off Late Rally from Goldpanners, SP Tanner take home POG

It was a very fast and smooth game for the Honkers until the 9th inning hit. A simple box score of a 4-3 final would not do this game justice as it was full of suspense in a stunning and exhilarating 9th inning that featured a late rally that wasn’t quite enough for the Goldpanners. The Goldpanners actually outhit the Honkers in this one, by 11 to 9, and it wasn’t always like that the entire game as the starter Tanner Braun was able to toss six scoreless innings while scattering six hits but was able to command the running game with his mixed up deliveries and pitches that kept the hitters off there toes when it counted the most. Braun was given POG for his game, and when talking to Braun after his strong outing he attested to his ability to limit the damage even though there was a fair amount of activity on the base paths as he said” “I knew that I didn’t have as much velocity on my fastball tonight but was able to control the run game by mitching up pitches and clutching up when I needed to”. This was a great sign for the Honkers, as they now have had two strong pitching outings to start off the home season.

The Honkers were able to get a run quickly in the first, courtesy of a two out knock by Peter Dudinakis, scoring Paul Bryniarksi, as the two again have carried the Honkers offensively thus far. The Honkers got another run in the third from Peter, as he stroked a hard single through the left side for his second RBI of the night. The Honkers scored another run that inning courtesy of a wild pitch from starter Drew Necochea. The Honkers got one more in the next inning from another wild pitch that scored Zach Zurbrugg. The middle of the lineup was constantly on base for the Honkers, as the 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 6-12 and with both RBI’s. The game then cruised along until the 9th inning where closer Austin Pesicka was able to escape with the save, but it came with lots of nervousness, as the game ended on a two strike, two out, bases load line out to first base with the tying and winning runs on base. A nice snag by first baseman Cameron Padron was a warming sight in the eyes of Honkers fans as they could finally relax in a very intense 9th inning.

The Honkers move to 2-0 at home this year and look to get a series sweep of the Goldpanners with a win tomorrow afternoon, as they host again at 12pm at Triton Field.


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