La Crosse 6, Green Bay 2
The La Crosse Loggers used a two out grand slam in the seventh inning from Brandon Meredith (San Diego State) to break a 2-2 tie and eventually give the Loggers a 6-2 victory Saturday night over the visiting Green Bay Bullfrogs. The 2,730 fans in attendance at Copeland Park finally were able to witness the Loggers offense break open as the team collected 12 hits on the night. Trailing 2-0 after the games first two innings, the Loggers found the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning as Brett Bishop (California) scored on an RBI groundout by Tony Mueller (Winona State). After scoring no runs and leaving the bases loaded in the sixth inning, the Loggers would tie the game in the seventh inning as pinch hitter Derrick Thomas (Memphis) was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded evening the score at two. Meredith would be the next Logger to step in the box as the cleared the bases with his grand slam giving the Loggers the 6-2 lead where the score would remain. Matt Flemer (California) would earn the victory for the Loggers as he pitched three innings of no hit baseball in relief of starting pitcher Calvin Drummond (San Diego).
Madison 2, Waterloo 1
The Madison Mallards out hit the Waterloo Bucks nine to five and took the game 2-1 in Madison. Madison was again led by Ryan Levine (Virginia) who was 2-for-4 with a run scored. The Bucks top six batters did not get a hit, but 7-hole hitter Tyler Robbins (Dallas Baptist) was 3-for-3 with a run scored. The Mallards pitching staff split the game with starter Tyler Jones (Madison) going 5.0 innings to earn to win and Patrick Lala (Kirkwood CC) getting the save throwing 4.0 innings of one-hit baseball.
Wisconsin 2, Wisconsin Rapids 0
When Matt Baudino (La Verne) left the game after he allowed a lead-off home run in the eighth inning, even a few of the faithful at Athletic Park felt the need to applaud their opponent’s fine outing. Baudino threw 7.0 innings, surrendered two runs, gave up six hits and struck out three, while walking only one. The lefty pitched into trouble at times, but his command allowed him to pitch right back out of it. The Rafters offense supplied just six base runners to the cause. Matt Cornwell (Oglethorpe) posted a 2-for-4 night, but the Rafters managed to put multiple runners on base just one time. Woodchuck’s starter Chris Licon (Lubbock Christian) tossed a complete ballgame and struck out five to move to 2-0 on the season.
Eau Claire 9, Battle Creek 4
The Eau Claire Express beat the Battle Creek Bombers by a score of 9-4 at C.O. Brown Stadium on Saturday night. The Express pounded out 14 hits while the Bombers only had five. Matthew McDaniel (San Diego State) threw 7.0 innings and gave up two runs on three hits for the Express. Battle Creek was led offensively by Josh Rosencrans (Grayson County) who was 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Bombers
Mankato 3, Brainerd 0
The Lunkers bats remained silent in the first game of a three game series against the Mankato MoonDogs as they fell 3-0. Lunkers’ starting pitcher Charlie Henderson (Regis) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He was bested by MoonDogs starting pitcher, Jack Wagoner (Florida Gulf Coast), who went 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball allowing four hits and two walks, striking out three. Alex Glenn (USC) was the offensive sparkplug for Mankato, as his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, put the MoonDogs up early. That was all the run support they’d need, as Logan Odom (USC) pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball, striking out four, picking up his first save of the season. The MoonDogs received a couple of three hit performances from Robbie Robinson (Valparaiso) and Jordan Steranka (Penn State), en route to the victory.
Rochester 12, Thunder Bay 2
Behind Rochester newcomer Jimmy Waters (Kansas) the Honkers crushed the Thunder Bay Border Cats 12-2 Saturday night at Mayo Field. The Rochester offense posted 12 runs on 13 hits including six runs in the eighth during game one of this three game series. Waters who made his Rochester debut tonight finished 3-4 with 2 singles and a triple while platting three RBI. Bryan Lippingcott (Concordia), Richie Jimenez (UNLV) and Chris Elder (Oral Roberts) all finished the night with 2 hits. Devin Thaut (Paradise Valley CC) also finished the night with 2 hits including a long double to right center field. Mike Strong (Oklahoma State) made his third start of the season for Rochester working 6.0 innings while allowing just one run on three hits.
Thanks to some uncooperative weather, the Stingers were forced to postpone the first game of a three game series with the Duluth Huskies on Saturday night. The 4-5 Stingers will make up Saturday’s rainout with a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday, as per Northwoods League policy. The first game of the doubleheader starts Sunday at 2:30 pm at Wade Stadium.
St. Cloud, Alexandria
The June 12 game between the St. Cloud River Bats and Alexandria Beetles has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions at Joe Faber Field. The contest will be made up tomorrow, June 13, at Joe Faber as part of a double-header. The Bats and Beetles will play two, seven-inning games beginning at 6 p.m.