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Rockford Ends Kalamazoo’s Winning Streak With Walk-Off Home Run

The Rockford Rivets snapped the Kalamazoo Growlers five game winning streak to start the second half from a walk-off home run. The Growlers still lead by a half game in the second half standings. Rapids holds the overall lead now by seven games even after being rained out in the Kenosha as Battle Creek fell to Wisconsin. St. Cloud and Waterloo are tied in the overall North standings after the Bucks lost their second straight and the Rox defeated Bismarck.

Rochester 12, Waterloo 4

The Rochester Honkers scored four insurance runs in the ninth as they went on to defeat the Waterloo Bucks 12-4. The Honkers scored first in the third when Michael Michalak (DMACC) came home from a sac fly. Rochester then scored a pair in the fourth form a bases loaded walk and another sac fly. The Bucks answered for a pair in the fifth which started from an RBI single by Tyler Stover (Louisiana-Lafayette). Mike Echavia (Nevada) then added two more in the sixth for the Honkers with a long ball. Rochester put up another crooked number in the seventh with three from an error, fielder’s choice and single. Charlie Concannon (Saint Josephs) doubled in a run and scored to give the Bucks two more in the bottom half, but the Honkers kept pouring it on. They got four in the top of the ninth which would go onto be the final score.

Kalamazoo 4, Rockford 5 (10 Innings)

The Rockford Rivets defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers in walk-off fashion tonight 5-4. The Growlers scored right away in the opening inning when Matt Koehler (Western Carolina) singled in a run. The Rivets tied the game in the third from a Hunter Feduccia (Louisiana State-Eunice) RBI single. Rockford went ahead with two in the seventh from a wild pitch and an RBI double. Kalamazoo then took the lead with three in the eighth which started from a two-run single by Ivan Estrella (Texas Rio Grande). Feduccia then tied it in the bottom half with a home run which would force extras. With two outs in the bottom of the tenth and the game still tied, Feduccia hit a walk-off home run to win the game.

Duluth 12, Eau Claire 11

The Duluth Huskies battled all night against the Eau Claire Express as they broke a tie in the ninth to win 12-11. The Huskies began the game with a pair in the first, but the Express answered with five to take the lead in the bottom half. Eau Claire then went up four with a pair in the next inning. Duluth got two back in the third and one in the fourth, but the Express went back up by four in the bottom half. Duluth cut their deficit in half in the fifth, came within one in the seventh, but Eau Claire got the run back. The Huskies took the lead with three runs in the eighth, but the Express was quick to tie it in the bottom half. Finally in the top of the ninth, the Huskies took the lead for good. Kevin Folman (NDSU) threw a scoreless ninth and converted his ninth save of the season. Isaac Collins (Creighton) and Kyle Hubbuch (North Alabama) both went deep for the Huskies as Matt Duce (Dallas Baptist) and Ty Greene (California) hit dingers for the Express.

Battle Creek 4, Wisconsin 12

The Wisconsin Woodchucks scored in their final three innings to pull away and defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 12-4. The Chucks scored three right away from two home runs by Brylie Ware (Oklahoma) and Logan Foster (Texas A&M). The Bombers answered to take the lead with four in the second which started from Nikola Vasic (McHenry CC) scoring on a wild pitch. Alex Howard (Arkansas State) then followed with a three-run home run. The Chucks got the lead back with three in the bottom half from two RBI singles and an error. Wisconsin added another in the third from a Trey Dawson (Chipola) RBI single. Foster drove in another from an RBI single in the sixth and scored a pair more in the seventh. They put their run total to 12 in the eighth from another two-run inning which would go on to be the final score.

Madison 3, Fond du Lac 2

The Madison Mallards outscored the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in the tenth as they won 3-2. The game went scoreless until the eighth as both starters threw shutout outings. Tyler Dyson (Florida) threw five quality innings for Madison and Jack Collins (Central Michigan) threw six for Fondy without allowing a run. The Spiders were on the board first in the bottom of the eighth when Nick Fortes hit an RBI single. The Mallards answered in the top of the ninth when Fondy committed two errors which was responsible for the first two that sent Zac Taylor (Illinois) and Jalen Harrison (Virginia) home. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Joe Breaux (McClennan CC) singled in a run, but Madison retired the side to end the game.

Lakeshore 9, Green Bay 5

The Lakeshore Chinooks came back from behind in the eighth and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 9-5. Lakeshore took the lead first in the second when Owen Miller (Illinois State) scored on a ground out. The Frogs tied the game in the next inning when Alonzo Jones (Vanderbilt) scored on an error. Green Bay then took the lead with a pair in the fifth from an RBI single and RBI ground out. The Bullfrogs extended their lead in the sixth with another two-run inning. The Chinooks began to come back in the seventh when Rylan Thomas (Central Florida) hit a two-run home run. Lakeshore then took the lead when they hung a five spot in the eighth which started from an RBI single by Matt Burch (Arkansas). Nick Gatewood (Georgia State) came back two batters later and hit a grand slam. Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) hit a solo shot in the ninth for Lakeshore which would go onto be the final score.

Thunder Bay 1, Willmar 5

The Willmar Stingers took an early lead in the first two innings and never looked back as they defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 5-1. Marcus Still (New Mexico State) led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He then advanced on a balk, sacrifice and scored on an RBI ground out. The Stingers got another in the second from an RBI ground out. The Border Cats got on the board in the fourth when Brendan Dougherty (Bradley) singled in a run. Willmar extended their lead with three insurance runs in the fifth from an RBI single by Josh Bissonette (Baylor) and another two-RBI single. That would end up being the final score as Willmar got the final three scoreless from three pitchers out of their bullpen.  

Mankato 8, La Crosse 9 (10 Innings)

The La Crosse Loggers needed a full 10 innings to defeat the Mankato MoonDogs 9-8 in a game where the scoring didn’t start until the seventh. Cooper Powell (Nevada Reno) threw seven scoreless for Mankato to keep them in the game. The Loggers’ starter Garrett Christman (Butler) threw six scoreless until Logan Busch (NDSU) hit a solo home run in the seventh. He hung in there for eighth and was responsible for one of two by the MoonDogs as Mankato went up three. La Crosse then tied the game in the bottom half When Luke Rasmussen (Long Beach State) hit a three-run shot. Mankato took the lead in a big way for five in the ninth which started from an error as Christopher Schaeffer (Western Illinois) followed with a two-run single. The Loggers wouldn’t go away as they tied it with five of their own including a grand slam by David Villar (South Florida). With one out in the bottom of the tenth, Kennie Taylor (Duke) hit an RBI single to win the game for the Loggers.

St. Cloud 15, Bismarck 9

The St. Cloud Rox only allowed two big innings to the Bismarck Larks as they won 15-9 tonight. The Rox scored first with a pair in the opening inning which started from Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) coming home on an error by the catcher. St. Cloud added three in the third when Daniel Schneemann (BYU) singled in a run and Brad Mathiowetz (FAU) double in two. Schneemann was responsible for one more in the fourth with another RBI single. Two more RBI singles sent in more for St. Cloud in the fifth to give them an eight-run lead. The Larks quickly cut their deficit in half in the sixth from a double by Newt Johnson (South Dakota State) and triple by Ryan Anderson (UC Davis). The Rox answered for a run in the seventh and broke the game open with six in the eighth. The Larks committed two errors while three runs crossed from walks and pass balls. Bismarck would get five runs back in the bottom half which included a grand slam by Austin Paschke (Faulkner). Shelby Lackey (Pacific) then came on for St. Cloud in the ninth and retired the side in-order to end the game.

Wisconsin Rapids, Kenosha

Postponed to: July 22, 1:05 PM

 

Schedule for July 11:

Waterloo @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Wisconsin @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Rockford @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)

Bismarck @ Duluth (6:35 PM)

Mankato @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

Kenosha @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)

Battle Creek @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

Madison @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

Willmar @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)

Rochester @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)