Lakeshore extend streak to six, Mallards offense stays hot
Lakeshore 5, Kalamazoo 1
The Chinooks continued their impressive run as they bounced back from a 0-2 start to win their sixth straight with a 5-1 win over Kalamazoo. Mike Letkewicz (Augustana) went five innings, giving up just one run while striking out four to earn the win and the Chinook's bullpen held the Growlers to three hits over the rest of the game. Connor Jones (Georgia) was impressive over two innings of relief as he struck out six of the seven batters he faced. Lakeshore was boosted by home runs from Ryan Krill (Michigan State) and Zach Bowers (Georgia).
Battle Creek 7, Wisconsin Rapids 3
The Bombers scored all of their runs in the first four innings and the Rafters never really came close in a 7-3 Battle Creek win. The Bombers chased Rapids starter Issac Behme (Webster) in the third to back a strong pitching performance by Kyle Slack. Slack went six innings, allowing just two runs- one earned- while striking out seven to get the win. Cody Kuzniczcki had a two-run double and finished with three RBIs for the Bombers.
Green Bay 6, Duluth 3
Green Bay broke open a tie game with a three-run eighth to down the Huskies, 6-3. Matt Beaty (Belmont) brought added a pair of RBIs and a double for the Bullfrogs, who improved to 5-3 and sit one game out of first. After the three-run eighth, Duluth couldn't get anything as Matt Sabel (UW-Oshkosh) picked up a win with a shuout inning and Grayson Pratt (St. Edwards) earned the save. Duluth's bright spot came on a Mac James (Oklahoma) home run to left-center.
Rochester 11, Thunder Bay 1 (7 innings)
Rochester poured on the offense during a seven-run seventh inning and picked up their second straight win, 11-1 over Thunder Bay. Four players had two RBIs for the Honkers as they hit four doubles and saw everyone in the lineup record a hit. Karl Sorenson (St. Cloud State) hit a two-run home run Reid Roper (Illinois) hit a pair of doubles out of the number nine place in the lineup. Brandon Zywicki (Missouri Baptist) had three shutout innings in relief to pick up the win for the Honkers.
Rochester 4, Thunder Bay 0 (7 innings)
The Honkers used solid pitching to win the second game of the doubleheader and their third straight, 4-0. Nick Gruener (Harvard) and Brandon Stennis (Doane) combined for a complete game, one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts. Stennis picked up the win for Rochester after his four innings in relief. The Honker's were led by outfielder Casey Fletcher (Illinois), who went 3-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Eau Claire 8, Alexandria 2
The Express won yet again, picking up their fourth straight win with an 8-2 win against the Blue Anchors. Shortstop Mike Barajas (Lewis) went 2-4 with a pair of RBI in support of Aron McRee (Montevallo), who went six innings with five strikeouts to take the win. Taylor Duree picked up the three-inning save.
St. Cloud 11, Waterloo 6
The Rox picked up their second straight win to improve to 6-2 and move into a tie atop the the North division with a 11-6 victory over Waterloo. After falling behind 4-1, St. Cloud scored four runs apiece in the third and fifth en route to the win. Troy Whitty (LSU) got the win for the Bucks, while NWL Player of the Night Chris Paul (U of California-Berkley) led the offense. Paul went 3-5 with two runs, a home run and three RBIs.
La Crosse 6, Wisconsin 5
La Crosse ended a five-game skid with a 6-5, come from behind win against the Woodchucks. Down 5-3 in the seventh, the Loggers scored twice and then added the go-ahead and eventual game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nick Milligan (Western Illinois) pitched a scoreless inning for the win and Breckin Williams (Missouri) held the lead to pick up the save. Mike Nadratowski (Grand Valley St) had a four-RBI day for the Loggers, including a three-run home run in the fifth.
Willmar 6, Kenosha 2
The Stingers were down 2-0 after one but kept Mankato off the board in the next eight innings to win, 6-2. Brantley Claunch (North Alabama) allowed 10 hits but managed to work out of several james over six innings of work to pick up the win while Josh Matheson (Minnesota St-Mankato) added three hitless innings in relief. The Stingers were bolstered by a 3-4, 4-RBI day from Sean Beesley (Illinois State) and a three run day from Alex Borglin (Central Michigan).
Madison 8, Kenosha 0
Madison pummeled Kenosha for the second straight night with an 8-0 win behind NWL Pitcher of the Night Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan). Sharp scattered three hits over five shutout innings while fanning five to earn the victory as he had plenty of run support. Robbie Tenerowicz (Cal) and Spencer Blaksher (Southwest Baptist) both hit home runs and combined for a 5-8, four RBIs, four runs line.
Tomorrows schedule (all games start at 7:05 unless otherwise specified)
Wisconsin @ Lakeshore (6:35)
Thunder Bay @ Eau Claire (6:35)
Alexandria @ St. Cloud
Rochester @ Mankato
Kenosha @ Madison
Waterloo @ Battle Creek
Kalamazoo @ Green Bay
La Crosse @ Wisconsin Rapids
Duluth @ Willmar