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Final Night of NWL Regular Season Play

Wisconsin 6, La Crosse 0
The Wisconsin Woodchucks clinched a spot in the South Division Playoffs as they beat the La Crosse Loggers 6-0 on Monday night at Athletic Park.  The Woodchuck’s pitching staff came up huge as Andrew Klausmeier and Mitchell Beacom (UCLA) combined to throw a three hitter while striking out ten.  The Woodchuck’s only managed six hits, but the Loggers committed five errors and walked five.  Carlos Amezquita (Pepperdine) was 2-for-4 with two RBI while first basemen Robbie De La Cruz (UNLV) also drove in two runs. 

Waterloo 11, Eau Claire 2
The Waterloo Bucks beat playoff bound Eau Claire 11-2 Monday night in Waterloo.  The Bucks Jake Astor (Southern Arkansas) homered twice and drove in three runs on the night while Landon Anderson (Dallas Baptist) and Pat Stover (Santa Clara) also homered in the win.  Jared Wagoner (Butler) who had been productive for Waterloo all season finished off the 2010 season with an 8.0 inning seven hitter and earned his 7th win of the season.  Drew Heithoff (Augustana) was 1-for-2 on the night and finished the regular season with the highest batting average in the NWL at .389. 

Willmar 10, Thunder Bay 7
Although the Willmar Stingers were eliminated from the playoffs, they showed heart by beating the Thunder Bay Border Cats 10-7 in 11 innings Monday night.  Willmar’s Carlos Leyva (Cal State Dominguez Hills) had a fantastic night at the plate going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI to pace the Stingers.  Jordan Smith (St. Cloud State) finished off his first season in the Northwoods with a two RBI night and finished the season with a .374 batting average which was 2nd best in the league.  Ryan Court (Illinois State) had three hits in the loss for the Border Cats. 

Mankato 6, Alexandria 4
The Mankato MoonDogs were led by Sam Lind (Vanderbilt) Monday night with his two-hit three RBI performance.  The MoonDogs also received another impressive pitching performance from Blake Schwartz (Minnesota State Mankato) who threw a four hitter threw 6.0 innings and earned his 6th win of the season. Zach Calhoon earned his 3rd save of the season throwing the final 1.1 innings of hitless baseball. 

Rochester 12, St. Cloud 8
In a preview of the North Division Playoffs, the Rochester Honkers beat the St. Cloud River Bats 12-8 in front of 1,634 fans.  The Honkers scored 12 runs on 14 hits with Matt Dittman (Illinois) scoring three runs, registering three hits and driving in three runs.  Ryan Hambright (Oregon) and Anthony Hutting (Cal State Fullerton) each drove in two runs on two hits.  Jordan Alexander hit his 1st home run of the season and drove in four runs in the loss for the River Bats.   

Brainerd 7, Duluth 5
Brainerd jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after three innings and held on 7-5 in front of 824 NWL fans.  The Lunkers Vince Bruno (California Berkeley) was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Charlie Henderson (Regis) drove in two runs and also earned the win throwing 5.0 innings and only allowing one earned run.  Cody Asche (Nebraska) had two hits on the night and finished the season as the NWL leader in RBI at 61.  Jeff Reynolds (Harvard) had three hits in the loss for the Huskies. 

Wisconsin Rapids 5, Battle Creek 4
The Rafters finished their 1st season in the NWL with a 5-4 win over the Battle Creek Bombers at Witter Field.  Wisconsin Rapids was led by Jenzen Torres (Cal Poly Pomona) who was 2-for-4 with two RBI while Cody Koback (Wisconsin Stevens Point) scored two runs in the win.  Matt Baudino (La Verne) earned his 3rd win of the season throwing a two hitter over 6.0 innings.  Steve Godawa (Valparaiso) earned his 6th save of the season throwing the final 1.0 inning.  Parker Berberet (Oregon State) had two hits and two RBI in the loss. 

Madison 6, Green Bay 1
The Mallards held up their end of the bargain for the Playoffs, but the Woodchucks controlled their own destiny and won which eliminated the Mallards from the 2010 Playoffs.  The Mallards started quickly scoring runs in the 1st thru 4th innings.   Rafael Lopez (Florida State) was 2-for-4, Jon Pierre Garcia (Southeastern CC) drove in two runs and Adam Davis (Illinois) had two hits in the win.  Tyler Jones (Madison) earned his 5th win of the season with a three-hit performance thru 6.0 innings.  Dan Douglas (Wisconsin Stevens Point) and Brad Schreiber (Purdue) each had two hits in the loss for the Bullfrogs.