Lakeshore takes first and several streaks end
Several win streaks came to an end, including the Logger's season-high seven game streak. Kalamazoo also ended an eight-game losing streak but handed Wisconsin Rapids their 11th consecutive defeat. Two brothers boosted the Stingers over Waterloo and Lakeshore passed Madison in the South division standings on a hectic Tuesday night.
Willmar 3, Waterloo 0
The Stingers won their fourth straight as brothers Brady Anderson (FGCU) and Garrett Anderson (FGCU) factored in the desicion for Willmar. Brady, the older brother, went seven shutout innings and struck out five for his second straight start of seven-plus innings without allowing a run. His younger brother, Garrett closed the door on the Bucks in the ninth to pick up his second save. Two of the runs were without RBI opportunities as they came on a fielders choice and a catcher error until Frankie Rios (Southern California) picked up a RBI single.
Battle Creek 3, Rochester 1
The Honkers took their fourth loss in a row as Battle Creek rallied in the final innings to pull out a 3-1 win. Down 1-0 in the sixth, the Bombers tied it and then added two runs in the seventh on a go-ahead and eventual game-winning two-run bomb from Justin Stawychny. Stawychny finished 2-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run. Reliever Andrew Mitchell through two scoreless innings to pick up the win while Zach Ryan struck out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth to pick up the save in his first Northwoods appearance. Bomber starter Marcellus Sneed didn't factor in the desicion but went 5.2 innings and didn't allow an earned run while striking out six.
Thunder Bay 9, Alexandria 8
The Border Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead and three hours later, they'd walked off against Alexandria in a back-and-forth 9-8 win. The Blue Anchors, trying to avoid a fourth straight loss, put up four runs in the top of the eighth to tie it but Thunder Bay had an answer with the walkoff single by Nick Oberg (Coastal Carolina). Teammate Sal Taormina (Kean) had a productive day at the plate, going 3-3 with two doubles, two walks, two runs and a RBI.
Lakeshore 5, Madison 1
The Chinooks moved into a first, ahead of the Mallards as they scored early and often en route to a 5-1 win over their South division rivals. G.J Strauss (Florida Tech) went six one-run, one-hit innings while striking out four to pick up the win for Lakeshore. Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) led the Chinooks as he had a huge game, going 3-4 with two runs, a walk and a solo home run.
Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 2
After allowing 12 runs in the sixth against Kenosha, the Growlers bounced back with a large inning of their own. Kalamazoo scored seven runs in the eighth and routed the Rafters, who've now lost 11 in a row. It was a big win for the Growlers, who had pieced together an eight game losing streak. Jared Kujawa (Western Michigan) and Nick Yarnall (Pitt) both homered and Cody Leichman (Central Michigan) went 2-4 with three runs while teammate Jalen Phillips (Duke) went 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Dillon Haviland (Duke) improved to 2-1 with a 1.22 ERA as he went seven strong innings in his first Growler start to get the win.
Mankato 8, St. Cloud 5
The Rox jumped out to a 5-1 lead and seemed on course for a sixth straight win but the MoonDogs had other plans. Mankato scored five runs in the sixth to jump ahead by one and added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth to down St. Cloud, 8-5. Spencer O'Neil went 2-4 with two RBIs and Levi Scott added a 3-5 night with a run scored. The MoonDogs leadoff hitters combined for four runs in the win.
Green Bay 6, La Crosse 4
The Loggers couldn't complete a comeback and saw their seven game winning streak come to a close at the hands of the Bullfrogs, 6-4. La Crosse had worked to dig them out of an early hole and had almost moved just a half game back from Lakeshore but fell behind early and never caught up. The Bullfrogs used six different pitchers and relied on strong offensive nights from Ryan Howell (Chabot) and Ryan Koziol (Gulf Coast St), who combined for a 3-5 line with three walks, two runs and two RBIs. These two teams now both have a 9-6 record and are tied for third in the South.
Eau Claire 16, Duluth 12 (11 innings)
The Express scored seven runs in the 11th and it was more than enough offense to pull out the extra innings win. Player of the Night Michael Tinsley (Kansas) hit two home runs for the Huskies but Eau Claire had four players pick up multi-hit games and everyone in their lineup touched home plate at least once.
Postponed: Wisconsin @ Kenosha to 5:00 tomorrow
Wednesday's Schedule (All games 7:05 unless otherwise noted)
Wisconsin @ Kenosha (5:00)
Alexandria @ Thunder Bay (6:05)
Eau Claire @ Duluth (6:35)
Madison @ Lakeshore (6:35)
Willmar @ Waterloo (6:35)
St. Cloud @ Mankato
Rochester @ Battle Creek
La Crosse @ Green Bay
Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin Rapids
Wisconsin @ Kenosha