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Close games fill Friday slate, two walkoffs as well

Rochester 9, Duluth 5

The Honkers scored four runs in the third and fought off a late Huskies rally to win, 9-5. Rochester improved to 8-3 and moved into a tie with St. Cloud atop the North division. Casey Fletcher (Illinois) went 3-5 with two runs and a RBI for the Honkers. Reliever Logan Spitzack (St. Cloud State) pitched four innings of relief to pick up the win. 

Alexandria 10, Willmar 4

A four-run fifth and a three-run eighth was more then enough offense as the Blue Anchors downed Willmar, 10-4. Alexandria had 14 hits on the day, with three players recording three or more. The offense was led by leadoff hitter Jordan Lee, who went 4-5 with four runs, a double and a home run along with two RBIs. Onas Farfan started for the Blue Anchors and went six innings of two run ball (only one of which was earned) to pick up the win.

La Crosse 7, Kenosha 6

A three-run rally in the eighth put the Loggers up by two and they fought off a Kenosha attempt to comeback to win, 7-6. Down 5-4 in the eighth, La Crosse outfielder Taylor Kohlwey (UW-La Crosse) went yard with two runners on to give the Loggers a 7-5 lead. The Kingfish added a run in the ninth but Breckin Williams (Missouri) settled down for his second save of the year. Adam Cline (Columbia) went two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief.

Waterloo 2, Kalamazoo 0

Strong pitching and just enough offense pushed the Bucks over Kalamazoo, 2-0. Adam Bray stretched his unearned run streak to 12 innings as he went seven scoreless, allowing just three hits and walking none while fanning eight. A pair of RBI singles was enough run support as Adam Dian kept the lead en route to his second save. 

Madison 10, Green Bay 7

The Mallards won their fifth straight and are tied for the best record in the Northwoods after a 10-7 win over Green Bay. The scoring was done by the fourth and Madison came out on top, scoring five in the first and three in the bottom of the fourth to break a tie and move ahead for good. Ben Neumann picked up the win with two scoreless innings in relief while Tim Black picked up his second save. Northwoods League player of the night Joe Dudek went 3-3 with a double, a run and three RBIs as well as a walk. 

Wisconsin 4, Battle Creek 3

The Woodchucks walked off in the bottom of the ninth to spoil a Bomber comeback, 4-3. Ryan Donovan scored the game-winning run after Alex Cordova worked a bases-loaded walk. Luke Syens took the loss for Battle Creek, who'd fought back from being down 3-1 to tie it in the eighth. Zac Butler struck out the side in the top of the ninth to earn the win for the Woodchucks. 

Mankato 4, Eau Claire 3

Mankato came back from being down 3-0 early to tie it in the seventh and to go ahead for good, 4-3, in the eighth. Both starters let in a couple of runs but the Express were up until the MoonDogs fought back into it. Behind 10 hits and strong performances out of their bullpen, Mankato was able to get over .500. Jacob Westerhouse earned the win out of the bullpen with a scoreless inning while Eau Claire's Taylor Duree took the loss.

Lakeshore 2, Wisconsin Rapids 1

An intense, exciting, low-scoring game came down to the bottom of the ninth and Lakeshore pulled through, walking off to win 2-1. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Huesmen doubled in Tanner Dearman and the game-winning run. Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night Travis Hissong struck out nine over six innings of one run ball but took the no-descision. Bryce Beeler got the win in relief after throwing a scoreless inning. 

St. Cloud 7, Thunder Bay 1

The Rox scored five runs in the second and never looked back, winning their second straight, 7-1 against the Border Cats. Bradley Strong and Kyle Thornell both hit home runs and all but two members of the St. Cloud lineup recorded a hit. Reese Gregory went six strong innings, striking out seven while allowing just one run on four hits to earn the win.