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Three walkoffs while Waterloo wins eighth straight in exciting Saturday

Wisconsin and Lakeshore pulled into a tie for second, both a half game back of first-place La Crosse, who won their fifth straight. Waterloo continued their hot streak, winning their eighth straight but still sit 1.5 games back of first-place Willmar. 

Wisconsin Rapids 8, Battle Creek 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

The first of two between Battle Creek and Wisconsin Rapids, the Rafters came out on top, 8-2. Wisconsin Rapids struck for four apiece in the second and fourth and John Kravetz (Illinois) pitched a complete game to pick up the win. Kravetz struck out five and allowed just two runs on six hits to get the win. Just four of the eight Bomber runs were earned.

Battle Creek 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4 (Game 2, 7 innings)

The second game of the double-header saw Battle Creek walkoff, avoiding a sweep behind a bases loaded walk in the seventh. David Richards IV (Savannah St) picked up the game-winning RBI by drawing the walk, handing the Rafters Isaac Behme (Webster) the loss. Joshua Leone (Louisiana Monroe) threw a perfect seventh with a strikeout to get the win. 

Rochester 9, Alexandria 8

The Honkers scored three runs in the sixth and fought off a late rally to down Alexandria, 9-8. Rochester picked up 17 hits as they were led by NWL Player of the Night Jeff Campbell (North Dakota). Campbell went 3-5 with three runs with a home run and two RBIs while teammates Connor Schaefbauer (Minnesota) and Anthony Sequeira (Oral Roberts) both drove in two runs apiece. Spencer Greer (Western NV CC) went five innings to pick up his third win on the season while Nick Highberger (Creighton) earned his first save.

Waterloo 2, Duluth 1 (10 innings)

The Bucks walked off in the bottom of the tenth to win their eighth straight and pull 1.5 games out of first place with a 2-1 defeat of Duluth. An error on Duluth's second basemen brought home John McAllister to keep Waterloo's recent tear alive. Neither of the Bucks runs were earned as they capitalized on Huskie mistakes. Brent Jurecka picked up the win for the Bucks with two scoreless innings of relief.

Wisconsin 7, Lakeshore 0

The Woodchucks blanked the Chinooks to pull even with them in second place in the South division, both teams a half game back. Wisconsin used a trio of pitchers and allowd just six hits to pick up the win, 7-0. Five different Woodchucks picked up RBIs while Jake Jeffries (Cal State Fullerton) drove in two while going 2-4 with a walk. Andy Ravel (Ken State) picked up he win in relief as he allowed just two hits while strikng out four over four innings of work. 

St. Cloud 3, Eau Claire 2

A one-run ninth was just enough for the Rox to hold on for their first win, snapping a two-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Express. St. Cloud was boosted by NWL pitcher of the night Reese Gregory (St. Cloud St), who threw 6 1/3 shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and walked two while striking out six. Kade Scivicque (LSU) and Boo Vazquez (Pitt) both picked up RBI doubles for the Rox. Trevor Charpie (Tennessee) picked up his first save on the season.

Thunder Bay 3, Mankato 2 (10 innings)

The second extra-inning walkoff on the night, the Border Cats downed Mankato 3-2 in ten innings. John Menken (Winthrop) raced home on a one-out sacrifice fly from Nick Studer (Doane) to give Thunder Bay the walkoff, their second win in a row. Studer had a pair of sacrifice flies to pick up two RBIs on the night. Lucas Scocchia (Oakland) gave up the tying run to Mankato in the ninth but ended up earning the win, his third on the season. 

La Crosse 3, Kalamazoo 0

The Loggers won their fifth straight to stay in first place in the South with a 3-0 win over Kalamazoo behind dominant pitching. La Crosse was led by starter Grant Yost (Sacremento City CC), who was domaint over six innings. He picked up his third straight win as he allowed just four hits and no runs with six strikeouts. La Crosse's Austin Rei (Washington) went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs while teammate Breckin Williams (Missouri) picked up his seventh save.

Green Bay at Kenosha – Suspended in the top of the 10th tied at 7 (Will be resumed on August 4)

Sunday's Schedule:

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