NWL Play Resumes
Willmar 1, Duluth 0
Willmar 3, Duluth 2
Scott Lieser pitched a complete-game shutout in game one, and the Willmar Stingers won the second contest in 10 innings to sweep a doubleheader against the Duluth Huskies, 1-0 and 3-2, Wednesday night at Wade Stadium in Duluth, Minn. The Stingers improved their winning streak to five games with the victories. Sean Dwyer went a combined 3-for-7 at the plate, while Anthony Bemboom had the only RBI of the first game. In the second game, Pat Stover and Jarid Scarafiotti had the Stingers’ two RBIs. In game one, Willmar was outhit 9-4, but Mitch Delfino led off the second inning with a walk and scored on the next batter when Bemboom doubled to left for the only run the Stingers would need. Lieser scattered nine hits and one walk while striking out four in seven innings. In the nightcap, Willmar fell behind 2-0 in the fifth, but responded with two runs in the sixth inning on back-to-back bases-loaded walks by Stover and Scarafiotti to tie the game. In the 10th inning, Scarafiotti earned a leadoff walk. Bemboom pinch ran for Scarafiotti and scored from first when John Haberman hit a fly ball to left field with two outs that Andrew Dixon dropped to end the game. Kody Gorden started the game on the mound and pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Kurt Spomer entered the game with two on, nobody out in the seventh, but ended the inning with a 6-4-3 double play followed by a ground out to first Dan Russell earned the victory with a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 10th. The Stingers were the home team for the second contest because it was a makeup of the game postponed in Willmar July 14.
Wisconsin Rapids 7, Eau Claire 5
It turns out a lack-luster first inning did not set the tone for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Wednesday night as the Rafters scored six runs over the fifth, sixth and seventh, to erase a two run deficit and beat the Eau Claire Express 7-5 at Carson Park. A pair of home runs keyed the Rafters offense on the night. Bobby Martin got the Rafters on the board with his first round tripper of the season, a solo shot in the third. Then after scoring a pair to tie the game in the fifth, Curtis Frisbie gave his squad the lead with a two run blast to left. With wins in seven of their last nine, the Rafters will keep pace in the South division standings as they move to 7-4 on the second half of play. The defeat drops the Express, in last place in the standings, to 2-10 this half. Wednesday marks just the second time this season the Rafters defeated the Express, picking up the win in their first of five second half meetings.
La Crosse 13, Wisconsin 1
A three-day All-Star break did nothing to cool off the bats of the La Crosse Loggers as they hit their way to a 13-1 victory over the host Wausau Woodchucks at Athletic Park on Wednesday night. The Lumbermen pounded out 20 hits on the evening with eight players recording multi-hit games. Andrew Knapp led the way with a 4-5 night, including four RBI’s, and raised his season average to an even .500. Centerfielder Jimmy Brennan went 3-4 with a three-run home run in his first start since suffering a concussion following a collision with fellow outfielder Louie Lechich some two weeks ago. Trentt Copeland, Ethan Gross, Corey LeVier, Jimmy Bosco, Trevor Brown and Tyler Smith all added two hits apiece. Loggers starter Brando Tessar didn’t need a great deal of run support even though he got plenty. The All-Star right-hander improved to 5-1 on the year after tossing seven solid innings of one-run baseball, limiting the Chucks to just four hits.
Madison 11, Waterloo 8
The Madison Mallards defeated the Waterloo Bucks 11-8 Wednesday night at Riverfront Stadium in the opener of a two-game series. The Mallards rallied behind strong offensive performances by Nate Theunissen and Matt Juengel. In the team’s first game back from the All-Star break, the Mallards busted out with 15 hits and came back after being down four runs in the fifth inning. Theunissen picked up right where he led off, starting the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning, and finished the game2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. He also hit a single in the eighth that produced the game-winning run. Juengel went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
Brainerd 16, Alexandria 4
The Lunker offense came to life in a big way on Wednesday night, posting 16 runs in a 16-4 win over the Alexandria Beetles at Mills Field. Andrew Letourneau and Wade Wass both went deep for the Lunkers in the game. Wass’s home run was hit to center field, well over 400 feet. Three Lunkers had three RBIs in the game, Letourneau, Dan Olinger and Tyler Wampler. Wampler had a bases-clearing triple in the 5th inning that made it 10-1 at the time. Aaron Griffin was very strong for the Lunkers, going seven innings, giving up only one run and striking out nine. Griffin picked up his third win of the season. On the other side, Alexandria starter Matt Fyffe struggled, giving up ten earned runs in the game, taking the loss.
Battle Creek 3, Green Bay 2
The Bombers, always with a knack for the dramatic, pulled off another late-game win, this time stealing a 3-2 win from the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the bottom of the ninth. Both teams scored runs in the third: Green Bay’s Jonathan Walsh hit a solo homer to take the lead, but the Bomb Squad battled back immediately after, with Rhett Goodmiller slugging an RBI triple and Jordan Dean hitting an RBI single to take the lead back. Scoreless until the eighth, Jacob May tied the game for the Bullfrogs on a single, scoring Walsh from third. But in the home half, with Ryne Otis on third base, pitcher A.J. Gaura threw a fastball in the dirt that skipped by catcher Paul Hoeneke allowing Otis to cross for the 3-2 win. Alex Loftin had a great rebound start, throwing five innings of one-run baseball, while Caleb Vincent was again reliable in relief, and Kristian Calibuso picked up his fourth win.
St. Cloud 6, Mankato 4
Rochester, Thunder Bay