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Double Headers Across the NWL

Rochester 5, Mankato 0
The Rochester Honkers get a great pitching performance from starter Danny Winkler (Parkland College) as they shut out Mankato by a score of 5-0.  From the first inning on, Winkler was outstanding, pitching a complete game while allowing two hits. Winkler surrendered his only two hits in the top of the second inning before shutting down the final 22 of 24 batters he faced. Winkler cruised through the game and got the game winning out on only his 101st pitch of the afternoon.  Devin Thaut (Paradise Valley CC) had a great day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4.  Danny Pulfer (Oregon) and Anthony Hutting (Cal St. Fullerton) each recorded two hits. In his season debut for the Honkers, Pulfer also plated three runs including an RBI single in the first. Jimmy Waters (Kansas), Bryan Karraker (Central Arizona) and Dan Pellegrino (UC Riverside) all collected hits for Rochester.

St. Cloud 16, Willmar 2 – Game 1
Willmar 6, St. Cloud 4 – Game 2
In the Stingers first legitimate nine-inning doubleheader of 2010, the Stingers split a pair of games with the St. Cloud River Bats on Tuesday at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud. In the first game, Willmar’s pitching staff was outmatched allowing 16 runs on 24 hits in a 16-2 loss to the River Bats.  The second game was much more palatable for Stinger fans, as the Stingers relied on a big three-run eighth inning to topple the Bats 6-4.  Mired in an extended slump at the plate, Stingers centerfielder Isaac Ballou (Marshall) rebounded in a big way in Tuesday’s second game, going three for five with a two run homer in the fifth, his first of the season.  Jordan Smith (St. Cloud State) struggled in both games, but got his only hit of the day in the late innings in the Stingers win.

Green Bay 5, La Crosse 0 – Game 1
La Crosse 11, Green Bay 1 – Game 2
Game one was a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings as the two teams combined for just two hits.  The fifth inning would see the game’s first run as Scott Schebler (Wichita State) broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run which also broke up Loggers starting pitcher Tyler Farley’s (Jackson State CC) no-hitter.  Mike Thomas would earn the win for the Bullfrogs as he allowed no runs on just four Logger hits in 5.2 innings.  Brian Burgess (West Alabama) would pick up the save for the Bullfrogs after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.

Game two was a different story for both teams as the Bullfrogs scored just one run on four hits while the Loggers offense exploded with 11 runs on 10 hits.  Green Bay’s starting pitcher Joel Delorit (UW- Stevens Point) lasted just two third of an inning as the Loggers sprung out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning.  Tony Mueller (Winona State) would score the game’s first run on a wild pitch.  With two outs and the bases loaded, Brett Bishop (California) drove in three more runs with a bases clearing double.  The Loggers would put their finishing touches on the game in the bottom of the sixth as O’Dowd hit a three-run home run.  Trent Allianic (Hawaii) would pitch the final two innings for La Crosse allowing just two hits with one of them being a solo home run by Joe Betcher (Illinois-Chicago) giving the Bullfrogs their only run of the game.

Waterloo 7, Madison 6 – Game 1
Waterloo 6, Madison 3 – Game 2
After a disappointing weekend, the Waterloo Bucks hit the road eager erase it from their memory and play another game.  Yesterday’s game one was postponed due to rain, setting the stage for a doubleheader showdown against the Madison Mallards. But even under all the pressure, the Bucks returned to form and swept the Mallards, 7-6 and 6-3.  Game one was an offensive call to arms. 3B Brandon Williams (Georgia State) led the way for Waterloo, exploding for three doubles and driving in three runs on a 3-for-4 game at the plate. The Bucks also got a pair of runs from 2B Tyler Robbins (Dallas Baptist) as well as contributions from 3B/SS Zach McCool (Iowa) and LF Phil Keppler (Iowa). 1B Ryan Rieger (Santa Clara) and C Jeremy Lucas (Indiana State) also recorded their sixth RBIs of the season.

The Bucks remained confident on offense in game two, scoring six runs on only five hits.  CF Landon Anderson (Dallas Baptist) hit his second homerun of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving in the two runs for the Bucks and adding an exclamation point to his two-for-four game at the plate. Waterloo also got runs from LF/RF Phil Keppler (Iowa), C Jonathan Crist (Youngstown State), and 2B Ellis Lowe (Campbell).  Taylor Massey (Dallas Baptist) started game two on the hill for the Bucks and delivered a win after suffocated the Mallards to only three runs in five innings. Billy Barrett (Illinois) also saw two innings on the mound, giving up only one walk and nothing else on his way his first save of the season. Mallards’ starting pitcher Matt LaMothe (Oakland) was handed his second loss of the season after allowing four runs and four hits in five innings on the mound.

Alexandria 6, Thunder Bay 0
The Beetles took Tuesday nights game 6-0 against Thunder Bay. Starter John Tatum (McNeese State) lasted 2.2 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits. With the loss, the Cats split the mini two game series against the Beetles and their overall record drops to 7-11. Despite the loss in Alexandria, Evan Mistich (Panola Jr. College) continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Also, Ken Battiston (Eastern Michigan University), P.K. Kitamura (University of Hawaii), Ty Wosleger (Fairfield University) and Tanner Nivins (Fresno Pacific University) each picked up a hit in the loss.

Eau Claire 7, Battle Creek 1
The Eau Claire Express took it to the Battle Creek Bombers on Tuesday night at C.O. Brown Stadium.  The Express pounded out 16 hits led by lead-off hitter Nolan Fadness (Wisconsin Osh Kosh) who was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Catcher, Will Fadness (South Mountain CC) also had a three-hit day.  Ian Campbell (Corpus Christi) 7.0 innings of six-hit one run baseball. 

Brainerd 4, Duluth 2
The Lunkers were out-hit by the Huskies, but the Lunkers found a way to win the game Tuesday night.  The Lunkers were led by right-fielder Mick Gaston (Cal-State Bakersfield) who was 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Brainerd starter, Connor Mielock (Oakland), threw 4.0 innings of one run baseball.  Steven Ewing took the loss for Battle Creek after throwing 4.2 innings of three run baseball. 

Wisconsin 7, Wisconsin Rapids 3 – Game 1
Wisconsin Rapids 5, Wisconsin 1 – Game 2
The Wisconsin Woodchucks made their 6th annual road trip to Stevens Point tonight, where they took on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.  The meeting was turned into a doubleheader of sorts, as Monday night’s game was delayed due to rain and concluded before tonight’s scheduled game took place.  The Woodchucks, who would come into the game trailing 2-1, went on to cruise and eventually dominate the remaining six innings of play.  The first ‘Chucks’ scoring on the night would come courtesy of Kevin Pillar (Cal State Dominguez) and Brandon King (Fresno CC) in the 4th inning.  Pillar would reach on a walk, and King would double him home.  Rob Lind (Georgia State) would tack on a two run home run in the bottom of the 5th with Jamie Bruno (Louisiana State) on base, and Lind would score again in the 7th following Eric Fritz’s (Stevens Point) fielders choice RBI.  The first game’s “starter” Don Lisi (Oklahoma State) did a great job pitching, giving up no runs from the top of the 4th until allowing one in the 9th, and picking up the win.  The seven inning night cap would be an entirely different story, as the ‘Chucks fell 5-1 in a ho-hum snoozer.  The offense could only muster two hits and four walks, while starter Bryce Shafter (Valparaiso) and a sleeping ‘Chucks defense leaked four unearned runs and five runs total.