Thunder Bay 4, Rochester 3
Rochester 13, Thunder Bay 2
After dropping game number one of the double header to the Thunder Bay Border Cats bya score of 4-3, the Honkers put together an 11 run first inning in game two devastating the Border Cats and eventually winning 13-2. The split cause both teams records to move to 7-5, right behind league leader Alexandria. Jeff McKenzie would get the start in game one, pitching a scoreless first three innings before the rain caused the game to be finished today. Adam Hoelscher would get the loss in game number one, pitching 2.1 innings of relief and allowing two runs on three hits. The Honkers would respond quickly in game two, scoring seven runs in the first inning and batting around the order before making the first out of the game, eventually giving starting pitcher Kevin Johnson an 11 run cushion to start the game. Johnson would not need that big of a cushion pitching six innings and allowing two runs on three hits, and striking out five batters. Johnson improved his season record to 2-1 in six starts. Johnny Coy led the Honkers in game one, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Coy would follow up a superb performance in game one with an absolutely goliath performance in game two. Coy would go 4-4 with eight RBI and three runs scored and two home runs. The first of the two home runs was a grand slam coming in his second at bat of the first inning. Six of his eight RBI came in the Honkers huge first inning.
La Crosse 7, Wisconsin 1
Eleven more hits, seven more runs and another solid performance by the Northwoods League wins leader led the La Crosse Loggers over the host Wausau Woodchucks 7-1 at Athletic Park on Thursday night. La Crosse starter Erik Schoenrock was very solid in his first start since his stint in the Northwoods League All-Star game, limiting the Chucks to just one run on only two hits over 5.1 innings while walking five and striking out nine to improve to 7-1 on the season. Schoenrock has also been the beneficiary of great run support all summer long and Thursday night was no different as eight different Loggers got in on the hit parade. Trentt Copeland, Jimmy Bosco and Mike Reeves each collected two hits with Reeves clubbing a pair of doubles.
Waterloo 7, Madison 5
The Madison Mallards were defeated by the Waterloo Bucks 7-5 Thursday night in front of 1,250 fans at Riverfront Stadium. The loss is the Mallards’ eighth in 12 games to begin the second half of the season, and the two-game series with the Bucks ends with each team winning one game. The season series between the two divisional foes is also tied at five games apiece. Thursday’s game was the final time the Bucks and Mallards played in the 2011 Northwoods League season. The game featured a total of 12 runs and 16 hits in what was supposed to be a game in which pitching would steal the spotlight. All-Star pitchers Rusty Shellhorn and Chase Stevens squared off for the first time this season.
Willmar 6, Duluth 1
Pat Stover’s RBI double gave the Willmar a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the Stingers never looked back en route to a 6-1 victory over the Duluth Huskies Thursday night at Wade Stadium in Duluth, Minn. Stover finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI doubles. Eduardo Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with two RBI doubles of his own. Jason Leblebijian added an RBI and a run, while Ben Burns earned the victory after allowing only one run in six innings while striking out two. Following Stover’s RBI in the first, Leblebijian added to the lead with an RBI single to score Ryan Dettman. Gonzalez and Stover then hit back-to-back RBI doubles in both the fifth and ninth innings to extend the lead and seal the victory.
Green Bay 5, Battle Creek 3
The Green Bay Bullfrogs beat the Battle Creek Bombers on Thursday. The ‘Frogs won 6-3 behind a five inning performance by Tim Giel who earned the win. Adam Cimber entered in the seventh and went 2.1 innings for the save. Green Bay scored first in the second inning. Billy Moon led the inning off with a walk before Paul Hoenecke hit one of two doubles. With Hoenecke on second and Moon on third Phillip Ervin hit a line drive to left center field that Daniel Rockett made adiving catch on to allow only one run in. Alec Mehrten then drove in a two-out run with a single to left field. In the bottom half of the second Battle Creek came right back and scored a pair of their own to tie the game at two. The Bullfrogs took the lead for good in the sixth. Billy Moon once again started arally with a single. Hoenecke followed that up with a double before Eric Peterson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Phillip Ervin drove in his second run of the day with a fielder’s choice before Nik Balog brought in the second run with a single.
Alexandria 6, Brainerd 1
Chris Fritts hit a three-run home run in the 5th inning to help propel the Alexandria Beetles to a 6-1 win over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Thursday night at Mills Field. Fritts’ home run broke a 1-1 tie game in the 5th inning. Michael Reed got the win for the Beetles as he moves to on the season. Reed pitched seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and striking out seven. Joe Willman takes the loss for the Lunkers, falling to. Willman pitched six innings, giving up four runs and six hits, striking out four. The only run for the Lunkers came in the Bottom of the 1st when a Dan Olinger sacrifice bunt brought home Nick Hamilton. The Beetles would go on to score five unanswered runs from there.
Mankato 12, St, Cloud 8