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First Weekend of Play Comes to a Close

Rochester, Minn (June 2nd, 2013)–The season’s first weekend wrapped up on Sunday with a full slate of games and more. A double header in Duluth meant that nine games were played.

In Thunder Bay, the Border Cats got out to a 12-2 lead before things got interesting. Willmar scored eight times in the seventh and once again in the 8th to bring the game within a run. Thunder Bay added a run in the bottom of the frame and held on for a 13-11 win.

In Battle Creek, the Bombers used four pitchers to shut out the Lakeshore Chinooks while allowing only five hits.

Green Bay 6, Madison 5 (F/10)

In one of most exciting games on the young season, Green Bay emerged victorious in ten innings. The Bullfrogs trailed 4-3 heading into the 8th, scored a run in the bottom of the inning, surrendered a run in the top of the ninth, and then re-tied the game in the bottom of the ninth before winning in extras.  Tripp Martin (Samford) led the ‘Frogs with a home run and a pair of runs scored.

Rochester 6, Alexandria 5

The Honkers used a pair of three-run innings to down the Blue Anchors on Sunday. Tucker Tharp (Kansas) hit a home run and drove in three runs, giving him six RBI on the young season.

Waterloo 6, St. Cloud 4

The Bucks entered the top of the ninth trailing by a run. After a pair of singles and a wild pitch, Pierce Belaustegui (Viterbo) knocked a base hit to score a pair and take the lead. Adam Dian (Temple) secured the win with a clean ninth inning in relief.

Duluth 7, Mankato 1 (Game 1)

The Huskies were led by Jake Heissler (Central Missouri), who tossed six shutout innings while surrendering only two hits. Conor Szczerba (Florida Southern) led the way on offense by collecting two hits and scoring twice while driving in a run.

Battle Creek 3, Lakeshore 0

After five and a half scoreless innings, the Bombers finally broke through in the sixth with a pair. The Bomber pitching staff was able to limit Lakeshore to just five hits and a walk through the shutout.

Wisconsin 14, Eau Claire 7

The Woodchucks put up three innings with three, four, and five runs on the way to the win on Sunday. Tyler Steib(San Joequin Delta) set the pace on offense with four hits, and Matt Tellor (Southeast Missouri) cleaned up by driving in five runs.

Thunder Bay 13, Willmar 11

After getting a 12-2 lead through six innings, it looked as if Thunder Bay would cruise to victory. However, Willmar drove in eight runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to bring the game within a run. The Border Cats would return the favor with a run in the eighth and finished with a scoreless ninth, sealing the victory.

La Crosse 10, Wisconsin Rapids 3

The Loggers walked away with a big win on Sunday behind the pitching performance from Collin Monsour (California). Monsour went 6.1 innings and allowed only two hits in the win. Johnny Bekakis (Long Beach State) and Nick Day (Iowa) drove in three and four runs, respectively.

Mankato 7, Duluth 2 (Game 2)

Mankato was able to recover from a Game 1 loss and take the second game of Sunday’s double header.

Monday Schedule:

Madison vs. Wisconsin- 6:35
Wisconsin vs. Eau Claire- 6:35
St. Cloud vs. Duluth- 6:35
Alexandria vs. Waterloo- 6:35
Willmar vs. Rochester- 7:05
Wisconsin Rapids vs. La Crosse- 7:05
Mankato vs. Thunder Bay- 7:05
Lakeshore vs. Battle Creek- 7:05