Eau Claire 13, Wisconsin 4
Ryan Shober set the tone in the first at-bat of the game for the Eau Claire Express. That momentum carried through the entire game, as the Express dominated the Wisconsin Woodchucks, 13-4, in front of 1,809 people at Carson Park. Leading off the bottom of the first inning, Shober hit the second pitch he saw over the left field wall for his second home run of the year and gave the Express the early 1-0 lead. The Woodchucks responded with four runs in the second inning, but the Express answered back with four of their own in the bottom of the second. The Express finished with 14 hits in the game and every offensive starter had at least one hit.
Willmar 5, Brainerd 3
Five Stingers had multi-hit games, while Dan Russell went 7.1 innings to earn the victory in a 5-3 win over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Monday night at Stewart C. Mills Field in Brainerd, Minn.
Russell had his longest outing of the season, scattering seven hits while allowing two runs in 7.1 innings. Russell struck out three and did not walk a single batter. Thomas Taylor made his first relief appearance of the season and pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn a save. Taylor struck out three and allowed one run.
Mitch Rowan and John Haberman led the offensive attack with three hits each.
Duluth 10, St. Cloud 5
The Duluth Huskies hit three home runs en route to taking game one of the three game series against the St. Cloud River Bats Monday night at Wade Stadium in Duluth by a score of 10-5. Eight of the Huskies ten runs came in the first three innings, with Mike Bisenius hitting his second home run in as many days on a solo shot to start off a three-run second inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Duluth added four more runs on a three-run home run by Jacob Rice and another solo shot by K.C. Clabough. Bisenius finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Joey Novak picked up his fourth win of the season on six innings pitched, allowing three earned runs, and Jake Nystrom earned the three-inning save for the Huskies, his first of the season.
La Crosse 8, Wisconsin Rapids 3
Brando Tessar pitched seven strong innings and was backed by the power of a pair of homers from Louie Lechich and a three-run shot off the bat of Jimmy Brennan to lead the visiting Lumbermen over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 8-3 on Monday night. Lechich led the Logger offensive with three hits on the night including three runs scored and three RBI’s via the two homers. Brennan, Trentt Copeland and Andrew Knapp would also add two hit nights to the mix as the Loggers totaled 12 hits as a group.
Mankato 7, Rochester 4
The Mankato MoonDogs capitalized on four home runs and strong starting pitching to defeat the Rochester Honkers 7-4 Monday night at Mayo Field. Shaun Cooper led the MoonDogs offense for a second consecutive night, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI. Tyler Neiderklein made arguably his best start of the season striking out a season high seven batters over 6.1 innings, earning his third victory of the summer. Steven Rice and Josh Dahl combined for one hit and three strike outs over two innings of work, while Patrick Goelz earned his second save of the year, striking out one.
Green Bay 6, Waterloo 5
Monday night’s game at Joannes Stadium began the crucial three-game series with the first place Waterloo Bucks. In a see-saw battle game that saw three lead changes, the Green Bay Bullfrogs used a two-run seventh inning to take game one 6-5. Sunday afternoon’s hero Cameron Dullnig came through again for the ‘Frogs on Monday night hitting a two-run double in the seventh that gave the Bullfrogs the lead for good. Billy Moon got his first win as a Frog and Adam Cimber picked up the two inning save, his sixth of the year. ‘Frogs starter Zak Hermans got the no decision after pitching six innings giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out two. Billy Moon pitched a scoreless seventh and got his first win of the year, while Adam Cimber made his second straight save after striking out four in his two innings pitched.
Thunder Bay 10, Alexandria 6