The Waterloo Bucks Wins Eighth Straight For 2.5 Game Lead in the North
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters bounced back to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks as they maintain a 4.5 game lead over Kenosha and Battle Creek in the South. The Waterloo Bucks stay hot as they won number eight in a row and increased their division lead to 2.5 with a St. Cloud loss.
Fond du Lac 12, Lakeshore 5
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders battled with the Lakeshore Chinooks all game and pulled ahead for a 12-5 victory. AJ Lewis (MIssouri) led off the game for Fondy with a single, advanced on an error and later scored on two ground outs. The Chinooks answered in the second for two and took the lead when Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State) connected on a two-RBI double. The Spiders got the lead back in the fourth when Chris Cornelius (Missouri) hit a two-run home run, but Lakeshore responded in the bottom half for two of their own. Fondy tied the game in the fifth when Lewis scored another from an RBI single and they got two more to take the lead in the sixth. Lakeshore wouldn’t go away as they scored once more in the seventh, but the Spiders answered in the eighth with two including another run scored from Lewis. The leadoff man for Fondy scored his fourth of the game from a three-run ninth inning.
Eau Claire 5, Thunder Bay 10
The Thunder Bay Border Cats use seven runs in the eighth to come up ahead in a 10-5 victory over the Eau Claire Express. Tyrus Greene (California) knocked in the first run of the game for the Express in the top half of the opening inning which was followed by an RBI fielder’s choice. The Border Cats answered with a run in the bottom half from a sac fly by Noah Strohl (Grossmont). The game then went scoreless for five innings until Thunder Bay took the lead with two runs in the seventh from an Andy Weber (Virginia) two-run double. The Border Cats broke the game open in the next inning when the Express committed two errors and Kevin Biondic (Maryland) hit a grand slam. Eau Claire wouldn’t go away as they scored three times in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to put away Thunder Bay.
Rochester 2, Waterloo 6
The Waterloo Bucks win number eight in a row as they defeated the Rochester Honkers 6-2 today. The Honkers were first on the board as Michael Michalak (DMACC) scored from a bases loaded walk in the fourth. John Cable (New Orleans) drove in the first run of the game for the Bucks in the bottom half from a single and later scored the third run of the inning. The Bucks would go up by four after getting single runs in the fifth and sixth. Dalton Hurd (Seattle) then doubled in the eighth to put the Bucks up five. Rochester hung in for a while in the ninth as Jordan Hart (Minnesota State Mankato) scored from a sac fly, but the Bucks got out of it to win number 15 on the season.
Madison 6, Battle Creek 2
The Madison Mallards handed the Battle Creek Bombers their second straight loss in a 6-2 victory today. The Bombers jumped on the board first in the bottom half of the opening inning when Nikola Vasic (McHenry CC) scored on a sac fly. The Mallards tied the game in the third when Cade Bunnell (Madison College) knocked in an unearned run from a single. Madison took the lead in the fifth from a single by Angel Camacho (Jacksonville). The Bombers finally tied it in the eighth from an RBI single, but Madison responded to take the lead with five runs in the ninth. Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. (California) started the inning off with a three-run double. Andrew Buckley (California) only allowed one base runner in the ninth to clinch the victory for the Mallards.
Wisconsin Rapids 6, Wisconsin 3
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters bounced back nicely to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-3 tonight. Rapids scored first with two runs in the opening inning from an RBI single by Josh Rehwaldt ( ) and an RBI fielder’s choice from Jake Guenther ( ).Guenther put Rapids up by four with a two-run shot in the fifth and they would add one more in the sixth. The Rafters were still pitching a shutout as they scored number six in the top of the ninth, but the Chucks finally go on the board in the bottom half. Andrew Smith ( ) kept them in the game with a three-run home run, but the Rafters got the next two batters to fly out. Jack Eagan (Madison College) picked up his fourth win as he pitched six scoreless while the bullpen threw two more scoreless innings.
Kenosha 6, Kalamazoo 0
The Kenosha Kingfish used four pitchers to throw a shutout and only allow four hits to defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 6-0. The Kingfish scored first in the second inning with an unearned run by a Derek Bangert (Bradley) sac fly. The game would go scoreless for five innings until the Kingfish tacked on four more in the eighth which included a two-run single from Mike Madej (Purdue). Kenosha would tack on one more in the ninth and go onto retire the Growlers in order in the bottom of the ninth. Quinn Snarskis (Saint Joseph’s) improved to 2-0 on the season after throwing six scoreless innings on only three hits.
Duluth 3, Bismarck 4
The Bismarck Larks win number 10 and improve to .500 as they defeated the Duluth Huskies 4-3 today in walk-off fashion. The Larks were on the board first in the opening inning when Mitch Gallagher (Xavier) scored on a sac fly. The Huskies responded in the second to tie the game when Dean Nevarez (San Diego State) scored from a fielder’s choice. Bismarck retook the lead from a sac fly in the fourth, but the Huskies tied it again in the sixth. The Larks then managed to take the lead from an RBI single in the bottom half. Luke Roskam (Nebraska) eventually retied the game in the top of the ninth with a solo homerun. Cooper Coldiron finally ended the back and fourth game for Bismarck with an RBI game winning single.
Rockford 8, Green Bay 7
The Rockford Rivets scored twice in the ninth inning to win number 12 on the season and defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 8-7. The Frogs scored the first two in the bottom half of the opening inning from two RBI by Mikey Filia (UC Irvine) and Ben Hart. The Rivets answered to get one in the third from an error. Rockford then went up five from a five-run fourth inning which included a two-run home run by Patrick Loeffler (Indiana). The Frogs wouldn’t go away as they got one in the fifth and put together a four-run seventh which included a two-run home by Brad Hamilton (Kent State) to tie the game at six. Green Bay took the lead in the eighth from an RBI by Willie Bourbon (Northwestern). Anthony Forte (Louisiana State-Eunice) then smacked a two-run double in the bottom half to give the Rivets the lead for good.
La Crosse 7, St. Cloud 5
The La Crosse Loggers needed ten innings to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 7-5 today. The Rox were first on the board when Cameron Eden (California) hit a solo shot in the bottom of the first. The Loggers took the lead from a three-run third inning which started from an RBI double by Ryan Mantle (Jefferson CC). Spencer Holcomb (Western Carolina) put the Rox back within one in the sixth from an RBI double and took the lead in the eighth after scoring three times. The Loggers managed to eventually force extras when Garrett Christman (Butler) knocked in a two-run double in the ninth. Jake Thurber (New Mexico) then drove in two in the tenth from a single to give the Loggers the lead and eventual win.
Willmar 8, Mankato 2
The Willmar Stingers used four pitchers to hold the Mankato MoonDogs to only a pair of runs on five hits to win 8-2. Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) scored the first run for the Stingers in the second from an RBI single which was part of a two-run inning. The MoonDogs would answer for one in the bottom half when Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) hit an RBI single. Marcus Still (New Mexico State) hit a one out double in the fifth, advanced on a wild pitch and scored from a fielder’s choice for the Stingers. Rodriguez knocked in two more for Willmar in the sixth from a home run. Mankato got their own home run from a solo shot by Kenton Crews (Evansville) in the seventh. The Stingers got three more in the eighth which would go onto be the final score.
Schedule for June 19:
La Crosse @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Willmar @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ Mankato (7:05 PM)