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Willmar wins marathon, two extra inning games on Sunday slate

Willmar, who hadn't played since last Wednesday, didn't miss a step as they won their third straight in the longest game in the Northwoods League this season. Meanwhile, La Crosse held on to first place in the South ahead of Lakeshore with their sixth straight win while Green Bay and Duluth both dropped their fifth in a row.

Willmar 6, Rochester 2 (16 innings)

The Stingers, who hadn't played agame since last Wedesday, scored four runs in the 16th to win the longest game in the Northwoods this season to win, 6-2 over Rochester. A crucial error by the Honkers shortstop gave Willmar a one-run lead in the 16th and they tacked on three more insurance runs to end a four hour and 20 minute marathon. Nick Rivera (FGCU) went 3-6 with two runs, a home run and a pair of RBIs for the Stingers. Josh Matheson (Minnesota-St Mankato) picked up his second win in relief for Willmar.

Kenosha 8, Battle Creek 3

Kingfish pitchers held the Bombers to just one hit and rolled to a five-run victory, 8-3, for their second win in a row. Garrett McKenzie (St Marys) went 3 2/3 innings of relief without allowing a hit and walking just one to pick up the win. The Kenosha offense was boosted by the trio of Kyle Brooks (North Florida), Zach Ratcliff (Ohio State) and Pat Porter (Ohio State). They combined for eight hits, three runs and four RBIs in the win.

Alexandria 6, Madison 5

Madison scored five runs in the second and appared to have this locked up heading into the eighth, but Alexandria roared back and scored two in the eighth and walked off in the ninth to win, 6-5. Craig Nennig (Ohio State) beat out a play at the plate to score the game-winning run and drop the Mallards three games out of first in the South. Tim Black (Central Michigan) blew his first save on the season for Madison while counterpart Sean Terres (North Dakota St) picked up the win. 

Wisconsin Rapids 5, Green Bay 4 (11 innings)

The Rafters scored a run in the top of the 11th to overcome a Green Bay rally and beat the Bullfrogs, 5-4. Wisconsin Rapid's Erik Payne (Virginia Tech) came home on a wild pitch by Justin Mullens (UC Davis) to give the Rafters a one-run lead in the 11th. Mullens took the loss while the Rafters Nolan Blackwood (Memphis) threw a scorles inning for the win. Matt McClain (St. Marys) worked around a walk in the bottom half of the frame to get his first save. Payne led the Rafters as he went 2-6 with a pair of runs and a double.

Eau Claire 10, Thunder Bay 5

Thunder Bay and Eau Claire were tied at five heading into the ninth, but the Express put up five runs and picked up an easy win, 10-5. Tyler Hermann (UW-Milwaukee) had a monster game for Eau Claire as he went 5-6 with a double, a home run with two runs and four RBIs. Teammate Jeff Hendrix (Oregon State) went 3-6 with two runs and a RBI. Taylor Duree (New Mexico) went four one-hit scoreless innings with six strikeouts to pick up the win. 

La Crosse 3, Wisconsin 1

The Loggers jumped ahead with a two-run second and never looked back, downing the Woodchucks 3-1 to keep sole posession of first place by half a game. Three different Loggers picked up RBIs to back starter Brian Keller (UW-Milwaukee), who picked up the win. Keller pitched into the ninth as he allowed one run- not earned- while giving up just four hits while striking out seven. Marc Frazier (Nicholls St) got two quick outs in the ninth to earn the save.

Mankato 11, Duluth 9

The MoonDogs were trailing 9-6 heading into the ninth, but they quickly came back for five runs in the ninth to down Duluth, 11-9. Eric Schenck-Joblinske (Kirkwood CC) went yard while Tanner Rockwell (Southern Miss) went 4-6 with two doubles and three RBIs for Mankato. Matt Wilson (Oklahoma St) threw two innings in relief to pick up the win while teammate Jacob Westerhouse (North Alabama) picked up his fifth save on the season for Mankato, who moved 2.5 games back of first in the North.

Lakeshore 5, Kalamazoo 2

The Chinooks jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind RBIs from Troy Montgomery (Ohio State) and John Rubino (Eastern Michigan) and added insurance runs to beat Kalmazoo, 5-2. Joe Pavlovich (UW-Oshkosh) gave up two runs on three hits while striking out four over six innings to pick up the win. Dillon Haviland (Duke) took the loss as he gave up five runs for the Growlers. 

Mondays Schedule

St. Cloud at Waterloo (6:05)
Kalamazoo at Lakeshore (6:35)
La Crosse at Wisconsin (6:35)
Mankato at Duluth (6:35)
Madison at Alexandria (6:35)
Battle Creek at Kenosha (7:05)
Willmar at Rochester (7:05)
Eau Claire at Thunder Bay (7:05)
Green Bay at Wisconsin Rapids (7:05)
St. Cloud at Waterloo (8:35)