Friday Night Action Across the NWL
Green Bay 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4
Green Bay 7, Wisconsin 0
Phillip Ervin hit a walk-off home run ingame one of the double header before Andy Hunter stuck out eight in game two.The ‘Frogs won game one 5-4 and game two 7-0. Green Bay used clutch hitting to earn the victories as they scored eleven two-out runs during the twin bill, seven of which Phillip Ervin drove in. In game one the ‘Frogs fell behind on a two-run fourth inning home run from Joshua Cyr. They would respond right away in the bottom of the fourth with three runs of their own. Rapid starter Augey Bill retired the first eleven Bullfrogs in the game before a two-out walk to Jacob May broke up the perfect game. Paul Hoenecke followed that up with a single before Andy Hunter drove in May with a two-out single. Phillip Ervin stepped up and hit a three-run home run to give Green Bay a 4-2 lead. The ‘Frogs went into the bottom of the seventh tied after the Rafters scored a pair in the sixth thanks to back to back doubles against Cameron Dullnig. Ervin led the seventh inning off and hit a solo home run to give Green Bay the walk-off win, their third of the year. In game two Ervin picked up right where he left off by driving in three runs with a first inning double. That proved to be all that Andy Hunter needed. Hunter put together his third great start for Green Bay by tossing a six-inning, three-hit shutout while striking out eight. The ‘Frogs continued to tack on the runs throughout the night cap. Ty Filliben picked up a two-out RBI, as did May and Billy Moon. Steven Halcomb capped the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single of his own.
Waterloo 3, Wisconsin 2
The Waterloo Bucks started out their six-game road trip with a win versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The Bucks defeated the Chucks 3-2. The Bucks are currently leading the southern division of the Northwoods League with 9 wins and only four losses. Derek Lamacchia was the Waterloo Bucks starting pitcher. He pitched six innings with six strikeouts and seven hits and only walked two batters. Lamacchia was relieved in the seventh inning by Chris Dunn. Later, Brett Andrzejewski made his pitching debut for the Bucks, pitching the eighth and ninth inning.
Duluth 4, Mankato 2
The Duluth Huskies snapped their four game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Mankato Moondogs on Friday night at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato. Despite only having three hits during the game, the Huskies were helped out by five errors committed by the Moondogs, contributing to three of their four runs scored. Two of the Huskies’ three hits came off the bat of Kevin Kuntz, who also scored one run. Tyler King made the start on the mound, and pitched six strong innings, allowing zero earned runs while striking out six batters faced.
Alexandria 8, Willmar 5
The Beetles scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 6-5 lead in an eventual 8-5 win over the Willmar Stingers on Friday night. Rick Devereaux went 3-5 with three runs batted in for the first-place Beetles, who snapped a six-game Stingers winning streak while winning their second straight game. The Beetles trailed by three runs as they came up to bat in the top of the eighth inning. Fulmer led off the frame with a double and advanced to second base on a wild pitch during a Jeremy Boyd walk. Bunting followed with a walk of his own, setting the stage for a Devereaux two-run double off of Stingers reliever Jake Stinnett to cut the Willmar lead to a lone run. Bobby Martin erased the deficit with a sacrifice fly to plate Bunting and in doing so advanced Devereaux to third.
Thunder Bay 8, Rochester 6
After two games in Thunder Bay, the Rochester Honkers and Thunder Bay Border Cats made the international trip to Rochester for three more games. The Border Cats won by a score of 8-6 Friday night at Mayo Field, taking a series lead 2-1, with two games left in the second half series between the two teams. D.J. Snelten got the start for the Honkers, going four innings allowing five runs on six hits while striking out seven. Snelten got the loss on the day, falling to a 0-2 record, his second loss in a row. Johnny Coy continued his assault on the RBI leader boards with three more today. Coy went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored along with the three runs batted in. Devin Thaut also had a productive day at bat going 2-for-3 at the dish.
Battle Creek 3, La Crosse 2
The Bombers opened their second trip to Copeland Park in 2011 with a 3-2 win over the Loggers in front of a crowd of over 3,200 fans. Despite a sluggish pace, the game was scoreless through four innings. The Bombers broke it wide open, however, with a three-run rally with four two-out hits highlighted by a Dan Dispensa two-RBI single and a Rhett Goodmiller double. Fireballer Nolan Sanburn continued his domination of opposing hitters in his second start, tossing four scoreless innings while just allowing one hit and striking out four. Scott Simmons picked up the win in mid-relief while Kristian Calibuso got yet another save.
Madison 7, Eau Claire 1
The Madison Mallards defeated the Eau Claire Express Friday night in front of the sellout crowd of 6,750 fans at the "Duck Pond." The Mallards won behind early offensive strikes by Nate Theunissen, as the All-Star slugged two home. Estevan Uriegas went six strong innings, picking up the win and improving to 2-1 on the season. He allowed one run on only three hits, had three walks, and struck out five. The loss went to Express starter Brad Goldberg. Goldberg went only four innings and gave up all seven runs, dropping to 1-1 this season.
St. Cloud 7, Brainerd 4
A five run first inning propelled the River Bats to a victory over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Friday night. The Bats took advantage of seven Lunkers errors en route to a 7-4 win. A large crowd packed Joe Faber Field to witness the Bats improve to 8-7 in the second half. Bryan Peters drove in a run, crossed the plate, and tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Peters continues to impress on the mound with his 1.15 ERA.