League filled with offensive fireworks

Several teams lit up the scoreboards as routs were abundant across the league on Friday night. Kalamazoo had 20 hits in a ten-run home opening when while Duluth won by 11. Close games were also evident as Lakeshore won a low-scoring pitching duel and Willmar and St. Cloud duked it out in extras before the Rox stayed as the league's only undefeated team. 

Duluth 15, Thunder Bay 4

The Huskies racked up 15 runs on 16 hits and a monster 8-run eighth was more then enough against Thunder Bay in a 15-4 win. Dominic Brugnoni (Florida Southern) led the Huskies as he went 4-6 with three RBIs to boost his season average up to .471. Chase Kiefer (West Florida) went 3-6 with a pair of runs and RBIs. Kevin Peters (West Florida) scattered three hits and one run over six innings for the win.

Lakeshore 3, Mankato 1

The Chinooks completed a sweep of Mankato as they scored two quick runs in the first and never looked back. Designated hitter Ryan Krill (Michigan State) had a pair of RBI singles to back starter Colin Wendinger (St. Thomas). Wendinger got the win after going six innings and giving up just on earned run while striking out three. Andrew Elliot struck out two batters in the ninth and picked up his first save.

Kenosha 11, Green Bay 0

The Kingfish scored 10 runs in the first four innings and routed the Bullfrogs, 11-0. Zach Ratcliff (Ohio State) hit his second home run of the season on a 2-4, 2 RBI night while Jordan Romero (LSU-Eunice) added a double, a home run and three RBIs for Kenosha. Trevor Haas (Valparaiso) was dominant on the mound, holding the Bullfrogs to three hits over seven innings while striking out five to get the win.

Waterloo 8, Alexandria 3

The Blue Anchors became the last winless team in the North division as the Bucks rode a five-run third on a 8-3 win. Alexandria saw their starter chased after 2.2 innings, but that was not the case with Waterloo's Drasen Johnson. Johnson struck out four and allowed just one run- which wasn't earned. He was boosted offensively by first basemen David Kerrian, who went 2-4 with a run, walk and RBI,

Rochester 7, Eau Claire 1

The Honkers took their third straight win behind a dominant start from Nick Greer (Western NV CC). Greer went six innings and gave up just three hits and no runs while striking out four to get the win. The Honkers offense was led by the combination of outfielders Alex Schultz and Casey Fletcher. Schultz went 2-4 with a double and three RBIs while Fletcher was 1-2 with two RBIs and two walks.

Kalamazoo 13, Battle Creek 3

The Growlers hammered twenty hits off the rival Battle Creek Bombers' pitchers and cruised to a 13-3 win in their first-ever home game as a member of the Northwoods League. Six Growlers had two or more hits, including Brett Sunde (Western Michigan) who went 3-4 and Ryan Bull (Notre Dame) who was 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs.

St. Cloud 5, Willmar 4 (12 innings)

It took 12 innings for the Rox to take a win against the Stingers as the teams had a second uber-competitive game in the past two days. Kyle Thornell (Stephen F. Austin) hit a walkoff single in the home half of the 12th to score the winning run from third. Both starters were solid but it was the Rox's Kevin Burgee (Georgia State) who dominated. Burgee pitched from the 10th on for St. Cloud, earning the win with two shutout innings while striking out four. 

Wisconsin Rapids 8, Wisconsin 4

The Rafters jumped out to a 6-0 lead and they fended off a late Woodchucks rally to keep Wisconsin winless at 0-4. Jon Malmin (Texas) picked up the win after going six innings and allowing just one run while striking out six. Kyle McGugh slugged a three-run home run and Sloane Dieter added a two-run blast that was more then enough offense for the Rafters.

Madison 15, La Crosse 3

The defending champion Mallards put up seven runs in the third and never looked back as they routed the Loggers, 15-3. Every Madison starter recorded a hit and all but one of them touched home plate with a run. Trent Higginbothem hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBIs while Nate Ricci doubled and scored four runs. Tom Constand got the win for Madison after going five innings and allowing two runs, just one of which was earned.

Saturday's schedule

Green Bay @ La Crosse (6:05)

Mankato @ Kenosha (6:05)

Willmar @ St. Cloud (6:05)

Waterloo @ Eau Claire (6:35)

Madison @ Wisconsin (7:05)

Lakeshore @ Battle Creek (7:05)

Thunder Bay @ Alexandria (7:05)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Kalamazoo (7:05)

Rochester @ Duluth (7:35)