St. Cloud 5, Alexandria 4
It took eleven innings for the St. Cloud River Bats to beat the Alexandria Beetles on Thursday night. The River Bats won by a score of 5-4. Devon Rodriguez (California Berkeley) had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI in the win. Josh Smith (Wichita State) earned the win throwing 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball.
Wisconsin 7, Waterloo 6
The Wisconsin Woodchucks finally ended a six game losing streak and finished the first half on a good note, defeating the Waterloo Bucks 7-6. The Woodchucks would finish the first half above .500 at 18-17, while Waterloo would finish 19-16. The Woodchucks were led by Travis Whitmore (Pittsburgh) who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI. Woodchuck right fielder Brandon King had a three hit night with a run scored and four RBI.
Brainerd 5, Thunder Bay 4
Brainerd jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-4 victory against the Thunder Bay Border Cats. Brainerd was led by designated hitter Mick Gaston (Cal-State Bakersfield) who was 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. Lunkers Kyle Teague (Oakland) earned the win throwing 6.0 innings of four run baseball while the bullpen kept the Border Cats scoreless.
Duluth 11, Rochester 7
The Huskies and the Honkers combined for 26 hits on Thursday night with Duluth taking the game by the score of 11-7. Joe Terry (Cerritos College) and Matt Dittman (Illinois) each cashed in a 3-for-5 night at the dish. Ryan Hambright (Oregon) recorded two RBIs on two doubles finishing the night 2-for-3. Taking the mound for the Honkers was lefty David Hurlbut (Cal St. Fullerton) who tossed 6.1 innings where he allowed four runs on eight hits. Duluth nine hitter Kyle Roliard (Louisiana Tech) had a huge game. He was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI.
Mankato 10, Willmar 9
Make it three straight heartbreakers for the Stingers as they fell 10-9 to the Mankato Moondogs on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium after a wild, back-and-forth contest. The loss is the Stingers third in a row, and third in five games versus the Moondogs this season. Bryan Willson was on the mound for his first start of the season for Willmar and came away with a no-decision after allowing five earned runs, on six hits over four innings pitched. Offensively for Willmar, Mitch Delfino led the way, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3
Madison used a perfect hitting performance from Lucas LeBlanc (Delgado CC) to beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4-3. LeBlanc was 3-for-3 on the night with a run scored and two RBI. Reliever Grant Gordon (Missouri State) earned the win throwing 2.0 innings of one run baseball. The Rafter Damon McCormick took the loss while only giving up four hits over 6.0 innings.
La Crosse 2, Battle Creek 0
The La Crosse Loggers used a great pitching performance from Kodey Simon (Winona State) to beat the Battle Creek Bombers at C.O Brown Field. Simon was great from the start and only gave up three hits in 7.0 innings pitched. Simon was relieved by Trent Fuller who earned the save throwing a scoreless ninth. The Loggers used the clutch hitting of Matt Flemer (California Berkeley) who was 2-for-4 with both RBI. Nate Blankemeyer (Cleveland State) was the tough luck loser throwing a great game himself. He threw a three hitter over 7.1 innings, but walked four.
Eau Claire 5, Green Bay 4
Eau Claire 3, Green Bay 2
The Eau Claire Express took game one by a score of 5-4 in Eau Claire on Thursday night. Eau Claire took a 2-0 lead, but Green Bay came back with a four spot in the top of the night. However, the Express came back in dramatic fashion with a three run ninth to take the game 5-4. The win clinched the NWL South Division Championship for the first half of the season. The Express’ Andrew Leonard (Illinois Chicago) was 3-for-4 with one run scored and an RBI. Scott Schebler (Wichita State) had four hits in the loss for the Bullfrogs.
In game two, the Bullfrogs were trying to rebound from a difficult game one loss. Green Bay fell behind the Express early in the game. The Bullfrogs mounted a comeback in the top of the third inning. Jeff Miera (Indiana State) started the rally off by hitting a double. Kuhn reached base by a hit by pitch and that put two runners on base. Troy Scott (Washington) doubled home both runners, putting the Frogs up 2-1. The Frogs lead would be short lived as the Express answered back and tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Devon Zenn (Yavapai) hit a homerun to tie the game at 2-2. The Bullfrogs would not threaten in the top of the seventh inning, dropping game two of the doubleheader 3-2. Keeler Brynteson (Portland) picked up the loss for the Frogs going 1.1 innings of two hit ball and allowing one run, unearned, to score. Betcher led the way for the Frogs at the Plate, going 2-for-3.