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Offense Leads the Way Tuesday

Alexandria 9, Duluth 1
It was the Sander Beck (Maryland) show Tuesday night at Knute Nelson Park.  The Alexandria Beetle threw a gem by 8.0 innings while giving up no runs and only three hits.  The Beetles put on a clinic at the plate as well with four Beetles having multiple hit nights.  Catcher, Tim Robertson (Florida Gulf Coast) was a perfect 2-for-2 with one run scored, two RBI and three walks.  Duluth starter, Robbie Collier (North Florida), took the loss, but threw well over 5.1 innings while giving up only two runs. 

Brainerd 15, Thunder Bay 6
The bats were hot Tuesday night as Brainerd took it to the Thunder Bay Border Cats by a score of 15-6.  The Lunkers pounded out 14 hits and used a six run eighth inning to secure the victory.  Vince Bruno (Cal Berkeley) was 3-for-6 with five RBI while hitting a home run and a double.  Lunker catcher, Chadd Krist (Cal Berkeley), was 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Thunder Bay was led by Tanner Nivins (Stony Brook) who was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Lunkers Brandon Baumgartner (North Dakota) earned the win in relief throwing 2.0 innings of scoreless baseball. 

Eau Claire 1, La Crosse 0
In a game that saw two ejections, six total hits, three errors and one total run scored, the La Crosse Loggers came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision on Tuesday night, falling to the host Eau Claire Express at Carson Park.  Stayton Thomas (Texas) was brilliant in his 2010 debut, allowing only one unearned run over 6.0 innings while limiting the Express to just two hits. 

Green Bay 6, Battle Creek 3
The Green Bay Bullfrogs extended their winning streak to six games on Tuesday night. They had a 6-3 win over the Battle Creek Bombers.  Joel Delorit (UW-Stevens Point) picked up the win, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, and only giving up four hits. Delorit struck out nine on the evening.  The Bullfrogs were lead at the plate by Scott, who was 2-2 and Zapenas, who went 2-4 with two RBI’s.  Battle Creek was led by Parker Berberet (Cypress) was a perfect 3-for-3 in the loss. 

Rochester 12, Willmar 4
Behind a multi-home run effort from Matt Dittman (Illinois), the Rochester Honkers maintained their place atop the North Division standings with a convincing 12-4 victory over the Willmar Stingers on Tuesday night at Mayo Field.  Dittman drove in six runs, blasting a pair of two-run home runs while adding a two-run double. He led a 14-hit attack for the Honkers, which included a three-hit night for Bryan Karraker (Central Arizona), who fell a triple shy of the cycle. Honker southpaw Mike Strong (Oklahoma State) tossed 5.2 innings for the win, allowing three runs on ten hits. The combination of Strong, Phil Haig (FIU) and Grant Muncrief (Wichita State) combined for a dozen strikeouts.  Eduardo Gonzalez (Alcorn State), Mitch Defino (California) and Joe Sever (Pepperdine) each registered two-hit efforts for Willmar.

Waterloo 15, Wisconsin Rapids 0
The Waterloo Bucks put on a show Tuesday night with the bats beating the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters by a score of 15-0.  The Bucks pounded out 15 hits and were led by Ryan Rieger (Santa Clara) who was3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI.  The Bucks, Taylor Massey (Dallas Baptist), did just as well as the offense.  He threw a complete game seven hitter with six strike outs.  

St. Cloud 7, Mankato 5
The St. Cloud River Bats took the game 7-5 Tuesday night against the Mankato MoonDogs.  St. Cloud used a five run eighth inning to take the lead, but the MoonDogs didn’t go away easily with a three run ninth inning.  All but two starters recorded a hit for the River Bats.  MoonDog second basemen, Bryan Horst, was 2-for-3 with five RBI. 

Wisconsin 11, Madison 6
The Wisconsin Woodchucks beat the Madison Mallards tonight 11-6 to remain in first place in a crowded Northwoods League South Division.  Jared Eickhoff (Olney Central) picks up his first win on the season, coming on in relief and allowing only one run in 3.2 innings of work.  Bryce Shafer would make his second start and pitch quite effectively, before allowing five Mallards runs in the fourth inning.  Cory Hall (Santa Clara) would pick up the save, going 1.1 innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.  The story of the night was the Woodchucks’ bats, who set a season high with 17 hits, totaling 11 runs.  Kevin Pillar (Cal Dominquez) led the way, going 5 -or-5 with three runs scored, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Travis Whitmore (Pittsburgh) also had a three hit night.