Mankato Wins Fourth Straight As They Already Have Spot in the Playoffs
Mankato clinched a spot in the playoffs the other day and have now won four games in a row as they hold a game lead in the overall North and are a game back from Eau Claire in the second half. Despite the loss to Battle Creek, Wisconsin Rapids still sits 9.5 game ahead for first place in the overall South Division Standings. Rockford won and are now 1.5 games behind Rapids in the second half standings.
Thunder Bay, Rochester (Game 1)
Rained out and will not be rescheduled.
Kalamazoo 9, Fond du Lac 12
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders emerged in the sixth and then defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 12-9. Fondy scored three time in the first as Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) got things going with a two-run double. Kalamazoo tied it in the next inning with a bases loaded walk, sac flyout from Matt Schwarz (Old Dominion) and an error. Eric Feliz (Notre Dame) gave the Spiders the lead back from a two-run double in the bottom half while Bullock drove in another from a single. Both teams traded runs in the third and Kalamazoo came within in the fourth. Caleb Summerhays (UNLV) then hit a grand slam in the sixth to give Fondy a six-run lead. The Growlers got a leadoff home run in the seventh from Matt Koehler (Western Carolina) and then RBI triple and single in the ninth, drew a walk, but got a flyout to end the game.
Wisconsin 9 Lakeshore 18
The Lakeshore Chinooks poured it on the Wisconsin Woodchucks all night and won the game 18-9. The Chucks got their first right away from a sac flyout. The Chinooks then put up three in the bottom half when Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) drove in one from a triple as he scored and then got an RBI single. Duncan got things going in the second with an RBI single and then scored from a two-run shot by Rylan Thomas (Central Florida). They got put up three more in the third as Duncan drove in another from a single. Lakeshore got two in the fourth which included one from an error. Wisconsin got three in the fifth as Logan Foster (Texas A&M) drove in two from a double, but Duncan scored on a triple in the bottom half as Matthew Mika (Central Florida) came home a sac flyout. Lakeshore went up ten in the sixth, but Wisconsin cut their deficit in half from runs in the seventh and eighth. The Chinooks added four more to completely break the game open which ended up being the final score.
Willmar 3, Waterloo 8
The Waterloo Bucks used a five-run second which helped them defeat the Willmar Stingers 8-3. The Stingers got the lead first in the opening inning which started from Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) knocking in one from a double. Waterloo put up five to take the lead in the second which started from Jackson Goplen (St. Cloud State) knocking in two on a single. Waterloo then scored one in the third from an RBI fielder’s choice, but Willmar put up another in the sixth form an RBI single. The Bucks put up a pair in the eighth and then held off two baserunners in the ninth and won the game.
Bismarck 3, Eau Calire 8
The Eau Claire Express went off in the seventh and defeated the Bismarck Larks 8-3. Both teams traded runs in the opening inning as Jeff Mays (Aurora) came home on a wild pitch for Bismarck and Daytona Bryden (UW-Whitewater) singled in one for Eau Claire. The Larks went ahead in the seventh when Quinn Irey (Jamestown) singled in a run. Eau Claire then erupted for six in the bottom half which half of the runs came from a double by Devon Garcia ( ). Bismarck got one in the eighth, but the Express took advantage of a walk with the bases loaded to answer. Eau Claire then retired the side in-order in the ninth to end the game.
Green Bay 6, Madison 1
The Green Bay Bullfrogs used a five-run third inning to go onto defeat the Madison Mallards 6-1. The Frogs got on the board right away in the opening inning when Troy Johnston (Gonzaga) singled in a run. Green Bay then put up five more in the third which featured Johnston singling in two more and singling on a two-run single by Zack Plunkett (Arkansas). Green Bay got 7.2 from their starter Matt Goytia (Riverside CC) and only allowed one run on five hits and six walks while striking out two. The one run for the Mallards came in the seventh when Goytia balked in Maverick Handley (Stanford). Madison got four scoreless from two relievers, but Green Bay got 1.1 scoreless from the back end of their pen to end the game.
Rockford 13, Kenosha 3
The Rockford Rivets scored early and late as they defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 13-3. Rockford scored a pair in the opening inning as Zach Rheams (Texas Tech) doubled in both. The Rivets got another three from two long balls by Brynn Martinez (Quincy) and Bren Spillane (Illinois). Kenosha put up three of their own in the bottom half to get on the board as Nick Kanavas (Kent State) singled and then scored later. Spillane doubled in one in the seventh and then broke it open in the eighth with five as Spillane drove in one more from another double. Rheams went deep again in the ninth while Brett Whelton (McNeese State) homered which ended up being the final score.
St. Cloud 7, La Crosse 9
The La Crosse Loggers scored five early and went on to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 9-7. The Loggers started their five-run opening inning when two scored from Andrew Tanous (Evansville) reaching on an error. The Rox got a pair to get on the board in the third while Drew Avans (SE Louisiana) singled in one and Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) knocked in an RBI single of his own. La Crosse got three more in the fourth as Jorge Guiterrez (Texas A&M) knocked in two from a triple. The Loggers got one more in the fifth, but St. Cloud closed out strong. They got three in the seventh from an RBI single and double and then two RBI singles in the eighth, put a guy on in the ninth, but then went down in-order to end the game.
Duluth 5, Mankato 6
The Mankato MoonDogs used the middle innings to do their damage and defeat the Duluth Huskies 6-5. Mankato got three in the bottom of the third to get things going as Brady Pfaadt singled in two. The Huskies got one in the fourth when Rob Emery (San Francisco) drove in an unearned run form a single, but the MoonDogs got one of their own in the bottom half from an RBI double. They traded runs again in the fifth as Mankato got one from the long ball by Pfaadt. Alvaro Rubalcaba (CSUN) led off the sixth for Mankato with a home run, but the Huskies got three in the seventh including a home run by Chase Strumpf (UCLA). Mankato then retired the final seven batters to end the game including Naithen Dewsnap (Cal State Bakersfield) converting his 11th save.
Battle Creek 7, Wisconsin Rapids 4
The Battle Creek Bombers fended off the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters all game as they won 7-4. Both teams traded runs in the opening inning as Battle Creek got one on a sac flyout and Rapids got their run from an RBI single and error. Justin Felix (Arkansas State) went deep in the second for the Bombers and then Nehwon Norkeh (Tennessee Wesleyan) drove in two from a long ball of his own. Rapids got one in the fourth and then another in the sixth, but Battle Creek went for three more in the seventh. The Rafters managed one more in the eighth, but Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) came in to pick up the two-inning save for the Bombers.
Rochester, Thunder Bay (Game 2)
Rained out and will not be rescheduled.
Schedule for August 10:
Battle Creek @ Lakeshore (3:30 PM) (Game 1)
Kalamazoo @ Green Bay (5:05 PM) (Game 1)
Rochester @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Kenosha @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
La Crosse @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Green Bay (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Mankato @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
Willmar @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)