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Thunder Bay sweeps Duluth on 10-game Wednesday

Thunder Bay swept Duluth in a double-header to win their third straight, a streak that is currently the longest in the Northwoods League. St. Cloud walked off while Willmar rallied late to beat La Crosse in matchup of the leagues best. Waterloo also snuck past Mankato in a matchup of the second and third place teams in the North. 

Thunder Bay 8, Duluth 4 (Game 1)

The Border Cats picked up a win in the first half of a double-header as they jumped ahead 3-0 and didn't look back to pick up an 8-4 win. Jordan Serena (Columbia) enjoyed a big game at leadoff for Thunder Bay as he went 4-5 with a run and two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Teammate Christian Correa (Nicholls State) hit a pair of doubles and drove in two runs as well. Starter Charles Thielmann (Kean) picked up the win as he pitched into the eighth and struck out three while allowing just three runs (none earned) on four hits.

Thunder Bay 12, Duluth 6 (Game 2)

Thunder Bay swept Duluth as they scored eight runs in the middle innings to down the Huskies, 12-6, after fighting off a late rally. The Border Cats picked up an incredible 20 hits with four members of their lineups picking up three. Adam Collins (Central Michigan) went 2-4 out of the No. 9 hole, driving in four RBIs with a pair of doubles. Six other Border Cats picked up a RBI to back starter Ben Allison (Belhaven). Allison went five innings of two-run ball while allowing just five hits to pick up the win.

Lakeshore 9, Battle Creek 0 (6 innings)

Backed by Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night Cam Vieaux (Michigan State) and plenty of run support, the Chinooks routed Battle Creek, 9-0 in a six-inning shortened game. Vieaux threw all six innings and gave up just one hit while striking out seven to pick up the win. He was supported with ten hits by the Chinook offense, led by Michael Morman (Valaparaiso). Morman went 3-3 with a double and a triple as well as three RBIs and two runs. Three different Chinooks scored twice in the easy win as they scored four runs in the third.

Rochester 4, Eau Claire 3

The Express jumped out to a 3-1 lead but Rochester battled back to down Eau Claire, 4-3. Jordan Smith (Minnesota) drove in two runs for the Honkers, who won their second straight. Rochester reliever Will Bamesberger (Creighton) picked up the win with 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing just one hit while striking out five. It was the second straight loss for the Express.

Wisconsin Rapids 5, Green Bay 3

Green Bay fell to 2-8 over their last ten games as the Rafters jumped out to a 5-0 lead and fought off a rally, winning 5-3. Wisconsin Rapids catcher Chandler Tracy hit a two-run double to support starter Jason Freeman (Texas A&M). Freeman went seven innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out five. Nolan Blackwood (Memphis) picked up his first save in his 12th appearance of the season.

Kenosha 12, Kalamazoo 5

NWL Player of the Night Pat Porter (Ohio State) powered a strong Kenosha offense as they handed Kalamazoo their fourth straight loss with a 12-5 win. Porter went 3-5 with two runs and four RBIs while teammate Spencer Gaa (Bradley) drove in three on a 2-4 night with three runs and a home run. Kingfish reliever Trevor Haas (Valparaiso) picked up his second win on the season in relief as he went 4 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits.

Waterloo 4, Mankato 3

The Bucks bounced back from seeing their win streak come to an end yesterday as they downed the MoonDogs, 4-3. Waterloo jumped out to a 2-0 lead and tacked on just enough insurance runs to overcome a fifth inning rally from Mankato to pull 1.5 games back of first place Willmar. Bucks centerfielder Will Sparks drove in two runs to support starter Tim Shannon. Shannon picked up the win with five innings of work, allowing three runs (one earned) while closer Adam Dian picked up his eighth save.

St. Cloud 3, Alexandria 2

After scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie it, St. Cloud walked off in the bottom of the ninth to beat Alexandria, 3-2. Chris Paul (Cal Berkley) drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rox their third win in their last four games. Morgan Phillips (Charleston Col) drove in two runs out of the No. 9 spot in the Rox lineup while Kevin Burgee (Georgia State) got two outs in the top of the ninth to pick up the win, his third on the year.

Willmar 4, La Crosse 2

The Stingers scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth inning after trailing 2-0 to beat South Division leading La Crosse, 4-2. Willmar first basemen Reagan Fowler (Creighton) drove in a pair of runs, as did teammate Jack Ross (Pepperdine) to account for all of the Stingers runs. Starter Austin Klein (Lindenwood) pitched into the eighth to get the win, allowing just two earned runs on four hits while striking out eight. Brady Anderson (FGCU) picked up his first save in his first relief appearance of the season.

Wisconsin 7, Madison 2

The Woodchucks scored three runs in the first inning and didn't look back, downing Madison 7-2. Paul DeJong (Illinois St) and Nate Mondou (Wake Forest) combined for six hits and a run while picking up five RBIs. Wisconsin starter Robby Medel (TCU) picked up his second win as he struck out five over five innings, allowing just two runs on six hits.

Wednesday's Schedule (all games at 7:05 unless otherwise noted)

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