Woodchucks streak ends on rainy Saturday

Madison and Wisconsin met in a matchup of two of the best teams in the south and the Mallards prevailed while the Rafters needed 10 innings to down Battle Creek. Three games were postponed as well on a rainy Saturday in the Northwoods League. 

Madison 5, Wisconsin 2

The Woodchucks fell to the Mallards, 5-2, to see their seven game winning streak come to an end. Madison finally picked up a win against the Woodchucks after being swept at the end of May as a big three-run inning proved to be the difference. Wisconsin racked up 11 hits on the game and two quick runs but Pete Alonso (Florida) and the Mallards fought back. Alonso hit a two-run home run as a part of the three-run fourth and the Woodchucks left nine runners on base, squandering too many opportunities against the South division leaders. Tim Black (Central Michigan) threw two shutout innings to pick up his league-leading fifth save (tied for first). 

Wisconsin Rapids 2, Battle Creek 1 (10 innings)

After dropping a shocking 11 games in a row, the Rafters picked up their third win in their last four games with a 5-4 walkoff win in extra innings aginst Battle Creek. The Bombers took their second straight loss when Michael Hurwitz (Illinois) laced a RBI single in the bottom of the tenth to drive in Ryan Sluder (Oklahoma State) for the game-winning run. Reliever Nolan Blackwood (Memphis) threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Both teams starters went seven innings apiece allowing just one run and taking no-descisions- the Rafters Jake Johansmeier and the Bombers Jacob Waguespack.

Kalamazoo 6, Green Bay 3

The Growlers trailed 3-1 heading into the sixth but erupted for four runs and pulled away from Green Bay to win their second straight, 6-3. The Bullfrogs were held to just five hits and couldn't bounce back after Kalamazoo's four-run inning. Green Bay starter Mike Ellenbest (Saginaw Valley St) gave up five earned runs through just five innings of work to take the loss. The Growlers used a combination of four different pitchers, with reliever Chris Cervantes (Eastern Kentucky) picking up the win and Shane Bryant (Purdue) picking up his second save. Player of the Night Jared Kujawa (Western Michigan) went 3-4 with a RBI for the Growlers. 

La Crosse 4, Lakeshore 1

The Loggers hopped over Lakeshore into second place in the South with a 4-1 win, handing the Chinooks their third straight loss. La Crosse scored three runs in the third and a rode a strong pitching performance from Grant Yost (Sacremento City CC) to the win. Yost went six innings to earn the win, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out five. Ryne Birk (Texas A&M) led the Loggers offense as he slugged a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs. Breckin Williams (Missouri) threw a perfect ninth to tie for the league lead in saves with five.

Waterloo 4, Duluth 3

The Bucks fought off a frantic eighth inning rally by Duluth to pull out a 4-3 win over the Huskies. Adam Bray turned in yet another strong start as he struck out nine over six scoreless frames, alllowing just two hits to pick up the win. Reliever Logan Sherer almost blew it in the eighth inning as he gave up three quick runs but Adam Dian came in for Waterloo and shut Duluth down to pick up his second save. Pat Mackenzie went 1-2 with a RBI, a run and a pair of walks as well as a stolen base.

Rochester 6, Alexandria 3

The Blue Anchors struck for two runs in the first but Rochester countered with three of their own and never looked back, winning 6-3. Nick Gruener (Harvard) went six strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out six to pick up the win. Teammate Carl Jameson struck out three in a scoreless night to pick up his third save. The Bucks offense was led by Ryan Boldt, who went 1-4 with a run, a RBI, a walk and a stolen base.

Sunday's Schedule: 

Thunder Bay at Mankato (12:05)
Alexandria at Rochester (1:05)
Battle Creek at Wisconsin Rapids (3:05)
Wisconsin at Madison (3:05)
Duluth at Waterloo (3:35)
Green Bay at Kalamazoo (5:05)
La Crosse at Lakeshore (5:05)
Eau Claire at Willmar (6:05)
Kenosha at St. Cloud (7:050