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Logger streak hits seven while Waterloo's ends at eight on Monday

La Crosse continued their impressive streak as they won their seventh straight game, while Waterloo saw their eight-game winning streak come to a halt against St. Cloud. It was a very competitive night as four games were decided by two or less runs. 

Madison 2, Alexandria 0

The Mallards pitching gave up just three hits and carried Madison to a series split with Alexandria, 2-0. Rob McDonnell (Illinois) went 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three to pick up the win. Three other Mallards combined to hold down the slim one-run lead until Madison tacked on another run in the ninth. Tim Black (Central Michigan) struck out two in the ninth to pick up his eighth save, which ties for the league lead. Trent Higginbothem (North Florida) added an insurance run in the top of the ninth with a home run.

Thunder Bay 10, Eau Claire 5

The Border Cats scored four runs in each of the first two innings and didn't look back, coasting to a 10-5 win over the Express. Nick Studer (Doane) went 3-5 with three RBIs and two runs while teammate Sal Taormina (Kean) went 3-4 with two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Thunder Bay offense. Starter Yuji Sukuki (Concordia) went seven innings to pick up the win for the Border Cats, allowing just two earned runs while striking out two.

Duluth 6, Mankato 4

The Huskies snapped a five-game losing streak by fighting off a late Mankato rally to win, 6-4. Keach Ballard (Oklahoma) and Vinnie Rodriguez (Montevallo) both drove in two runs for Duluth, who rode the strong start of Patrick McGrath (Belmont) to victory. McGrath gave up two earned runs over six innings of work to pick up the win. The Duluth bullpen spotted Mankato's offense two runs in the ninth but had plenty of insurance to snap their skid.

La Crosse 3, Wisconsin 2

A three-run sixth put the Loggers up for good as they won their seventh straight to keep sole posession of first place in the South with a 3-2 defeat of Wisconsin. Ryne Birk (Texas A&M) went 2-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs for La Crosse, who are now 9-1 over their last ten games. Kevin Roy (Columbia) gave up just one run over five innings while striking out three to pick up the win before handing the reins over to the bullpen. Breckin Williams (Missouri) threw a perfect ninth to tie for the league lead in saves with eight.

St. Cloud 4, Waterloo 3 (Game 1, 7 innings)

The Rox snapped Waterloo's eight game winning streak by taking the first game of a double-header, 4-3. Both teams put up three runs in the first inning but St. Cloud added a run in the second and it was enough to pull away from the Bucks for the win. Rox starter Kenny Anderson (Georgia St) went the complete seven innings and allowed just three runs on five hits while striking out three to pick up the win. Mitchell Kranson (Cal-Berkley) Clay Ardeeser (Georgia Col) both drove in a run. 

Waterloo 5, St. Cloud 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)

The Bucks bounced right back to win the second game of the doubleheader, 5-2. Waterloo reliever Aaron Myers picked up the win with a scoreless inning while teammate Adam Dian picked up his eighth save, also pulling into a tie for the save lead in the Northwoods. Connor McClain drove in two runs with a pinch-hit double and came around to score to lead the Bucks offense.

Green Bay 9, Wisconsin Rapids 0

The Bullfrogs routed the Rafters behind 13 hits and strong pitching to win, 9-0. Green Bay starter Roberto Baroniel (Nova Southeastern) went seven shutout innings to pick up the win, giving up just three hits while striking out five. He picked up the NWL pitcher of the night honors. He was bolstered by an excellent offensive attack in which three different Bullfrogs drove in at least two runs. Johnny Bekakis (Long Beach St) went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs for Green Bay.

Battle Creek 10, Kenosha 5

The Bombers scored five runs in the second and didn't look back en route to a 10-5 win over the Kingfish. Battle Creek starter Marcellus Sneed (Madison Col) picked up the win with five innings of three-run ball with two strikeouts while teammate Joshua Leone (Louisiana Monroe) picked up the save. The first four batters in the Bomber lineup picked up two hits while Bryan Daniello (UCONN) went 4-5 with three RBIs.

Rochester 6, Willmar 5 (13 innings)

A four plus hour marathon came to an end at the bat of Rochester's Casey Fletcher (Illinois), who hit a walkoff single in the 13th to beat Willmar, 6-5. The Stingers scored a pair of runs in the 10th, but Rochester had an answer. Willmar had forced extras by tying the game in the top of the ninth. Nick Highberger (Creighton) threw four innings of relief to pick up the win.

Tuesday's Schedule:

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