Mix of dominant pitching and powerful hitting on Saturday
Ryan Davis (pitcher of the night) led the Woodchucks to their first win of the season while Nick Yarnall (player of the night) led Kalamazoo to a seven-run rout. In other action, Green Bay pummeled the Loggers and Eau Claire slipped past the Bucks. Mankato also scored seven runs in the 11th inning to down the Kingfish.
Green Bay 7, La Crosse 0
The Bullfrogs bounced back from a 11-0 rout at the hands of Kenosha to deal out one of their own- a 7-0 beatdown of the Loggers. Matt Beaty (Belmont) had a solo home run on a 3-4 night with three runs and Ivan Vieitez (Lenoir-Rhyne) had a three-run home run and went 2-4 with four RBIs. Ryan McCourt (Coffeyville CC) picked up the win after going five and a third and allowing just four hits and no runs while striking out three.
Eau Claire 4, Waterloo 3
The Express bounced back from being held to two runs in consecutive losses to Rochester with a 4-3 win over Waterloo behind an excellent game from Jeremy Bagnall (Montevallo). Bagnall needed only 81 pitches to go eight innings, allowing three runs- just two earned- while striking out a pair. Eau Claire then handed the ball over to Eric Gleese (Hawaii) who picked up his first save of the season after getting a runner thrown out at the plate to end it. Brady Burzynski (UW-Stout) was key in the leadoff spot, going 2-3 with a walk, a run and a RBI.
Lakeshore 6, Battle Creek 2
After sweeping Mankato, the Chinooks came into Battle Creek and continued their streak as they handed the Bombers their fourth-straight loss, 6-2. One of the hottest teams in the league with three straight wins, Lakeshore rode Luke Meeter's (UW-Milwaukee) bat and strong pitching to victory. Meeter went 3-5 with a double and three runs while also swiping three bases to bring his total to six, tops in the league. Travis Hissong (Wright State) turned in a solid start on the mound, going 5.1 innings and striking out seven while allowing two runs, just one of which was earned. Garrett Brummett (Wichita State) shut down the Bombers over the next 3.2 innings to get the save, allowing just two hits while striking out two.
Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 7
The Growlers doubled up the Rafters, 14-7, to take their fourth straight win and move atop the South Division. Kalamazoo scored five apiece in the first and the third and they fended off a Rafters rally in the fourth to pull away down the stretch. Number eight hitter Nick Yarnall (Pitt) had four RBIs on a 3-4 night with a home run, a double and three runs. Ryan Spaulding (Ball State) added a 2-6 line with a double and three RBIs for the Growlers. After their first two pitchers were hammered, Kalamazoo brought in Dillon Haviland (Duke) and he hunkered down and fanned nine over 5.2 innings of work to get the win and extend his scoreless innings streak to seven.
Wisconsin 6, Madison 0
The Woodchucks capitalized on several mistakes and Seth Davis (Augustana) turned in a great pitching performance to shutout the Mallards, 6-0, in Wisconsin's first win of the 2014 season. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first and added four more insurance runs in the seventh as the Mallards struggled against Davis and his replacement Zac Butler (Lincoln Memorial CC). Davis got the win after seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts, and Butler went the final two with five strikeouts. Troy Traxler (Minnesota) was 2-4 with a pair of runs and a walk at the top of the lineup for the Woodchucks.
Mankato 11, Kenosha 7 (11 innings)
The MoonDogs ended a two game slide with a 11-7 win over Kenosha in 11 innings. The first nine innings the teams tied, 4-4 but the 11th inning featured seven runs from Mankato and three from the Kingfish in a desparate rally. Spencer O'Neil hit a two-run home run and a three-run error was plenty of offense for the MoonDogs in the 11th. Jacob Westerhouse earned the win for Mankato while Paul Schuster took the loss despite not giving up an earned run.
The Alexandria-Thunder Bay game didn't get underway due to rain and was pushed to tomorrow for a double-header of seven-inning games. St. Cloud-Willmar made it to the fifth before being rained out so they'll finish that currently scoreless game and then play a full game.
Sunday's Games (All double-headers are 7-inning games)
Willmar @ St. Cloud (1:05 and 2nd game 30 minutes after first game)
Thunder Bay @ Alexandria (1:05 and 2nd game 30 minutes after first game)
Rochester @ Duluth (3:05 and 2nd game 30 minutes after first game)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Kalamazoo (5:05)
Mankato @ Kenosha (5:05)
Green Bay @ La Crosse (5:05)
Madison @ Wisconsin (5:05)
Lakeshore @ Battle Creek (5:05)
Waterloo @ Eau Claire (5:05)