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Thursday’s Recap

Battle Creek 4, Wisconsin Rapids 0
Wisconsin Rapids 3, Battle Creek 1
The Battle Creek Bombers took game one of the doubleheader 4-0 at C.O. Brown Stadium.  The Bombers received a great pitching performance from Corey Chaffins (Eastern Michigan) who threw a complete game three hitter.  Battle Creek also got multi-hit games from Andrew Lawrence and Josh Lyon while Dan Dispensa drove in two runs.  The Rafters Jenzen Torres (Cal Poly Pomona) had two hits in the loss. 

In game two, the Rafters bounced back with a 3-1 win in front of 834 fans.  The Rafters pitching staff combined to throw a three hitter while only allowing one earned run.  Tommy Organ (North Florida) earned the win while Brad Douthit (USC) registered his second save of the season.  Cody Koback (Stevens Point), a 2010 All-Star, had three hits and two runs scored. 

Eau Claire 6, Waterloo 0
The Eau Claire Express pitching staff was nearly unhittable Thursday night as Felix Cardenas and Trevor Bayless shutout the Waterloo Bucks.  Cardenas threw 7.0 innings of three-hit baseball while Bayless completed the game without allowing a hit.  The Express were led by DeMarcus Tidwell (Yavapai) who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.  The Bucks Ryan Rieger (Santa Clara) had three hit in the shutout. 

Willmar 10, Duluth 9
The Stingers have provided plenty of late-inning heroics, but one of the most exciting wins in Willmar franchise history came on Thursday night as the Stingers stormed back from a late two-run deficit to beat the Duluth Huskies 10-9 in the tenth inning at Bill Taunton Stadium. After allowing a pair of sixth inning runs, the Stingers came up with two in the eighth to tie the game before Jordan Smith’s (St. Cloud State) tenth inning triple resulted in Sean Dwyer’s (Florida Gulf Coast) game winning sac fly to left.  The Stingers true catalyst offensively on Thursday was without a doubt leadoff man Carlos Leyva (Cal State Dominguez) who managed three hits in six trips to the plate, scored three times, and stole a Willmar record four bases in the game.

La Crosse 5, Wisconsin 4
The Loggers relief pitchers came up big as they helped shutdown a late offensive surge by the Wisconsin Woodchucks.  A combination of Jordan Haver and Madison Boer threw 3.2innings of two-hit baseball to register the win and save respectively.  The Loggers Chris O’Dowd (Dartmouth) stayed hot at the plate with a two RBI night.  All but two starters for La Crosse registered hits in the win.  The Woodchucks had four players with multi-hit games with Brock Stassi (Nevada) leading the way going 2-for-5 with two RBI. 

Green Bay 4, Madison 3
The Bullfrogs used a combination of Tom Barry’s (San Francisco) bat and Owen Jones’ (Portland) arm to beat the Mallards Thursday night.  Barry was 4-for-4 in the win with a run scored and an RBI.  Jones threw 7.0 innings of four-hit baseball while getting his fifth win of the season.  Alex Schmarzo (Saint Mary’s) got the save for the Bullfrogs while throwing 1.1 innings and striking out one.  All-Star Kyle Gaedele (Valparaiso) scored two runs and had two RBI in the loss. 

St. Cloud 3, Alexandria 2
The River Bats were down 2-1 to the Beetles in the ninth, but St. Cloud scored twice in the bottom of the night to take the game.  The River Bats Andrew Aplin (Arizona State) scored to tie it at two and Brandon Boykin (Rutgers) doubled to score Austin Barnes (Arizona State) to take the game 3-2 in front of 1,809 fans.  The River Bats Andy Lines (UC Irvine) threw 2.2 innings of relief to earn the win. 

Rochester 4, Mankato 3
The Honkers used another great start from Mike Strong (Oklahoma State) who threw a 6.0 inning five hitter while striking out three MoonDogs.  The game featured some sloppy defense with the two teams combining for seven errors on the night.  The Honkers Josef Terry (Cerritos College) was 1-for-4, but knocked in two runs and scored a run as well.  The MoonDogs Jordan Steranka (Penn State) tried to keep Mankato in the game with two hits and three RBI, but it wasn’t enough as Rochester took the game 4-3. 

Thunder Bay 4, Brainerd 2
Thunder Bay was down 2-0 after five innings, but put up four in the final four frames to beat the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers 4-2.  Thunder Bay’s bullpen combined to throw 3.0 innings of one-hit baseball.  Tanner Nivins (Stony Brook) hit his sixth homerun of the season and drove in two runs.  Chadd Krist (California Berkeley) had two hits in the loss for the Lunkers.