ROCHESTER, Minn. (August 8, 2012) – The Willmar Stingers won their franchise-record 40th game of the season to hold on to the North Division lead.
The Rox won their eighth game in a row in comeback fashion to come within just a half game of the first place Stingers.
The La Crosse Loggers clinched home-field advantage for the 2012 playoffs with their win over the Woodchucks.
Mankato 3, Willmar 8
Michael Hahn (Nebraska Kerney) earned his third win after throwing 6.2 innings and striking out five batters and helping the Stingers stay in the North Division lead. The Stingers will host the MoonDogs again on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Rochester 11, Alexandria 3
Justin Parr (Illinois) was 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Parr hit his seventh home run of the season and now has 43 RBI on the year. The Honkers will be hosted by the Beetles again on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Duluth 11, Thunder Bay 4
Wade Wass (Meridian CC) went 4-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored for the Huskies including two doubles and two home runs. The Huskies and Border Cats will meet again on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. ET start.
Waterloo 10, St. Cloud 11
Nick Tanielu (Washington State) hit the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Rox the lead and keep them close to the first place Stingers. The Rox will host the Bucks again on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. start.
Green Bay 8, Eau Claire 7
Ryan Matranga (San Francisco) picked up his first home run of the season as the Bullfrogs held on to win, 8-7. The Bullfrogs will host the Loggers on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. start. The Express will travel to Battle Creek for a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch.
Wisconsin 5, La Crosse 9
Alex Gunn (Hinds CC) turned in six innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out eight batters. The Woodchucks travel to Madison on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. start.
Madison 3, Lakeshore 0
Danny Sullivan (Madison College) threw six shutout innings and struck out nine batters to help Madison earn the win. The Chinooks will travel Wisconsin Rapids on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. start.
Wisconsin Rapids 6, Battle Creek 6 (8 innings)
This game was called after eight innings due to weather conditions. Aaron Gretz (Ohio State) was 1-for-2 at the plate with a two-run triple for the Rafters