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Kingfish, MoonDogs sweep double-headers on Father’s Day

Two walkoffs by Lakeshore and Waterloo while Kenosha and Mankato swept their double-headers were among the many storylines in Northwoods League action on Father's Day.

Mankato 9, Thunder Bay 4 (Game 1)

Levi Scott and Tanner Rockwell both hit home runs and combined for five RBIs to lead the MoonDogs to a 9-4 win. The win, combined with the second game of the double-header boosted Mankato into second-place in the North Division, two games back of Willmar. MoonDog starter Garrett Ring went 4 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs while striking out five and was replaced by Matt Wilson, who took the win despite allowing two earned runs and four hits while getting just two outs. Jacob Westerhouse picked up his third save in his seventh appearance out of the bullpen for Mankato.

Mankato 6, Thunder Bay 3 (Game 2- 7 innings)

Both teams scored three runs in the second inning but a two-run fourth was enough offense for the second-place MoonDogs to pick up a 6-3 win, their third straight. Taylor Elman picked up his second win on the season as he went five strong innings, allowing three runs- just one of which was earned- while striking out five. He lowered his season ERA to 1.38 over his first three appearances. He was boosted by Levi Scott, who went 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Tanner Rockwell picked up a save in his first Northwoods League appearance, throwing two no-hit innings with two strikeouts. 

Kenosha 4, St. Cloud 1 (Game 1)

The Rox scored one run in the first, but that was all they managed to get as four Kingfish combined to shutout St. Cloud the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 win. After Kingfish starter Rex Morrow left after just three innings, reliever Dillon Mazzoccoli (Blinn) threw a five-inning gem, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four to pick up the win. Spencer Gaa (Bradley) went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs and teammate Brett Shimanovsky (St. Louis) threw a perfect ninth to pick up the save, his second on the season.

Kenosha 10, St. Cloud 7 (Game 2- 7 innings)

NWL Player of the Night Pat Porter (Ohio State) drove in as many runs as the Rox scored to boost Kenosha to a 10-7 win, as offensive fireworks were on display in the second game of the double-header. St. Cloud's third straight loss dropped them into third place as they've been just .500 over the last ten games. Clay Ardeeser (Georgia Col) went 3-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and a pair of runs but he was outdone by Porter. Porter went 4-4 with two home runs, a double, seven RBIs and two runs.

Rochester 10, Alexandria 2

The Honkers rode NWL Pitcher of the Night Spencer Greer's dominant outing and gave him plenty of run support to rout the Blue Anchors, 10-2. Alexandria's ninth loss in a row dropped them 12 games out of first place as they couldn't figure out Greer (Western Nevada CC). He gave up just four hits and walked one over seven scoreless innings, striking out five to get the win. The Honker offense exploded for five runs in the eighth behind the bats of LJ Brewster (Hawaii) and Casey Fletcher (Illinois). Fletcher went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs while Brewster hit a home run on a 2-3, two RBI night.

Waterloo 5, Duluth 2

Waterloo used two-run innings in the third and fourth to down Duluth and move two games above .500 with a 5-2 win. Landon Simpson went 5 1/3 one-run innings in his first Bucks start while striking out six to pick up the win. Adam Dian struck out the side in the ninth for his third save on the year. Jon McAllister went 3-5 with a triple, a RBI and a run while teammate John Sternagel went 2-5 with a run and a RBI in his first Bucks game.

Battle Creek 6, Wisconsin Rapids 3

A four-run fourth was the difference in a matchup of the two worst teams in the South, with the Bombers prevailing 6-3. Spencer Thornton (San Diego State) went 2-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a double to support a stellar outing from Kyle Slack (Toledo). Slack went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) while allowing five hits and striking out four to pick up the win. The Rafters now sit 7.5 games back of first place after digging a hole with an 11-game losing streak.

Wisconsin 5, Madison 3

A matchup of two of the best South Division teams came down to the wire as the Woodchucks scored three runs in the top of the ninth to down Madison, 5-3. The Mallards remained tied for first while Wisconsin gained a game on them and sit just a half of a game back in second place. Madison reliever Ben Neumann (Northern Illinois) blew the save, squandering a one-run lead in the ninth. He gave up a game-tying single to Edgar Figueora and was replaced by Charlie Naso, who promptly gave up a two-RBI and eventual game-winning double to Zach Arnold. Austin Tribby (Missouri) got the win for Wisconsin with two shutout innings while John Oltman (Creighton) shut down the Mallards in the ninth for his second save of the season. 

Lakeshore 5, La Crosse 4

Two strong South Division teams played eachother and battled back-and-forth the entire game until the Chinooks walked off to remain tied for first place with the Madison Mallards. Brett Siddall (Cansius) took a first-pitch ball in the bottom of the ninth and then teed off for a walkoff home run. Both starters went into the sixth and beyond and each allowed four runs. Lakeshore's bullpen held strong behind Connor Jones (Virginia), who picked up the win. Logger reliver Gordon Cardenas took his second loss on the season in his first appearance out of the bullpen.

Kalamazoo 8, Green Bay 7

Another walkoff as an error by the Bullfrogs shortstop allowed the winning run to come home and hand the Growlers their third straight win, 8-7. Kalamazoo trailed 7-3 in the sixth but scored two runs apiece in the sixth and eighth before walking off. Green Bay reliever Grayson Pratt inherited a runner then loaded the bases with a single and a hit-by-pitch before an error allowed Jared Kujawa to race home with the game-winning run. Devon Bronson (Eastern Michigan) picked up the win after throwing a perfect top of the ninth. 

Monday's Schedule:

Madison at Lakeshore (4:00)
St. Cloud at Alexandria (6:35)
Duluth at Eau Claire (6:35)
Kalamazoo at Wisconsin (6:35)
Thunder Bay at Waterloo (6:35)
Madison at Lakeshore (6:35)
Kenosha at Mankato (7:05)
Willmar at Rochester (7:05)
La Crosse at Wisconsin Rapids (7:05)
Green Bay at Battle Creek (7:05)