Five-game slate filled with plenty of drama
Several games were postponed and just five games were played on Thursday night. However, they were all competitive as four were decided by just one run, including the Woodchucks fifth straight win and Waterloo's sixth.
Waterloo 5, Eau Claire 4
The Express cut the lead to one run in the eighth but Waterloo held on for their sixth straight win, 5-4. Will Sparks led the Bucks offense as he hit in his fourth conescutive game and finished 3-4 with a run. Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night Cody Sedlock picked up his second win in his fifth start as he went 6 2/3 innings and gave up just two runs (only one of them earned) while striking out nine. All five runs scored by the Bucks were driven in by different players as they pulled within 2.5 games of first place in the North.
Mankato 5, Dulth 2
The MoonDogs won their third straight and pulled within 1.5 games of first place with a 5-2 win over Duluth. Cord Cockrell picked up the win in his second consecutive start while teammate Tyler Mark picked up his third save. Derek Umphres and Tanner Rockwell boosted the MoonDogs offense, combining for a 4-8 line with three runs and two RBIs. Austin Christensen (Nebraska) took the loss for Duluth as he allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out six over five innings.
Kalamazoo 3, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Wisconsin Rapids rallied late but they couldn't overcome an early 3-0 deficit, falling to the Growlers, 3-2. Ryan Smoyer (Notre Dame) went 7 1/3 innings to pick up the win, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three. Kalamazoo number-nine hitter Jesse Puscheck (Cansius) hit a home run and teammate John Rubino (Eastern Mihigan) added a 2-4 night with a double, a triple, a run and a RBI. Shane Bryant (Purdue) gave up a run but still picked up the save.
Wisconsin 4, Green Bay 3
A three-run sixth was enough offense for the Woodchucks, who picked up their fifth straight win as they improved to 15-7 with a 4-3 win over Green Bay. Paul DeJong (Illinois State) hit his Northwoods League-leading seventh home run while him and the middle of the lineup combined to go 6-12. Austin Orewiler (Rice) picked up the win in relief while John Oltman (Craighton) picked up his third save on the season.
Lakeshore 1, Kenosha 0 (8 innings)
The Chinooks scored a lone run in the second and it was enough offense to bac a strong start from James Teague (Arkansas). Teague went six shutout innings with four strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Kyle Woods drove in Brett Siddall with a RBI single for the games lone run.
Fridays Schedule (All games at 7:05)
Green Bay @ Kenosha
St. Cloud @ Eau Claire
Wisconsin Rapids @ Battle Creek
Rochester @ Alexandria
Kalamazoo @ La Crosse
Lakeshore @ Wisconsin
Madison @ Willmar
Duluth @ Waterloo
Mankato @ Thunder Bay