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Rallies, extra innings run wild on Thursday night

Several games went into extras, with Willmar downing Thunder Bay in a matchup of two of the hottest NWL teams while Battle Creek walked off against Kenosha in ten. La Crosse blew a save before walking off in the bottom of the ninth against Wisconsin Rapids while Alexandria downed Mankato in 11 innings.

Willmar 10, Thunder Bay 6 (10 innings)

Two of the hottest teams in the Northwoods League met up on Thursday as Willmar won their third straight to snap Thunder Bay's four game streak with a 10-6 win in 10 innings. NWL Player of the Night Robb Paller (Columbia) wasn't enough for the Border Cats despite his pair of home runs and three RBIs. The Stingers bottom of the lineup duo of Jack Ross (Pepperdine) and Max Dutto (California) combined for four RBIs as a six run top of the tenth was more then enough for Willmar to down Thunder Bay after the Stingers had to rally to force extras. 

Battle Creek 2, Kenosha 1 (10 innings)

Spencer Thornton (San Diego St) scored the walkoff run in the bottom of the tenth as the Bombers handed Kenosha their second straight loss. Battle Creek scored early and Kenosha couldn't score an equalizer until the seventh inning to push it into extras. The two teams combined to leave 18 runners on base as both starters were strong. Bomber starter Jacob Waguespack (Ole Miss) threw six shutout innings with five strikeouts in a no-descision with teammate Zac Ryan (Georgia Tech) threw four innings and gave up just one run to pick up the win.

Waterloo 8, Duluth 4

Every single member of Waterloo's lineup picked up a hit as the Bucks scored two runs apiece in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to hand Duluth their fourth straight loss while picking up their fourth win, 8-4. All but two of the nine Bucks drove in at least one run, led by Zack Soria's two runs while teammate Pat Mackenzie scored three runs. Waterloo starter Nick Deckert made his first start of the season and picked up a win with five innings of one-run ball while striking out two. The Huskies racked up 13 hits and drew nine walks but left an incredible 17 runners on base in the loss.

La Crosse 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4

The Rafters rallied to tie it in the top of the ninth as Breckin Williams (Missouri) blew his first save of the season but he still picked up the win as Mike Nadratowski (Grand Valley St) hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Pitcher of the night Ty Provencher (Long Beach St) went seven shutout innings in a no-descision and was supported by Logger designated hitter Mitch Bevacqua (Washington), who drove in three runs to snap a two-game skid and pull a half game out of first place.

Green Bay 5, Madison 2

Behind a three-run seventh, Green Bay won their second straight as they dropped Madison 3.5 games back of first with a 5-2 win. Both teams scored two runs in the third but the Bullfrogs pulled ahead late as the relief duo of Nathan Disch (Jacksonville) and Dan Becks (St. Edwards) shut out the Mallards over the final four innings. Disch picked up the win while Becks picked up the save as teammate Paul Jacobsen (SDSU) scored twice on a 2-4 night.

Alexandria 5, Mankato 4

The MoonDogs scored in the bottom of the eighth to force extras but Alexandria pulled ahead in the top of the 11th on a RBI single from pinch hitter Jordan Lee (Texas-Corpus Christi) and downed Mankato, 5-4. Mankato left 11 on base as they struggled to score runs. Peter Gaustaud (Fergus Falls) went two innings in relief to pick up the win while teammate Blake Bass (Angelo St) went six inninngs and gave up three runs, just two of which were earned while striking out five. Catcher Lukas Hermanson (Texas-Corpus Christi) went 2-4 with two RBIs to lead the Blue Anchors. 

Wisconsin 10, Kalamazoo 9 (15 innings)

After trailing 8-3 heading into the ninth, the Woodchucks rallied for five runs to tie it and force extras and eventually walked off in the bottom of the 15th inning. Kevin Connolly (Seward County CC) hit a RBI single to score Paul DeJong (Illinois St) to win it. Seth Davis (Augustana) picked up the win while Donnie Eaton (Michigan) blew the save in the ninth. Shane Bryant (Purdue) took the loss as he gave up the walkoff in the 15th.

Suspended: Eau Claire 4, Lakeshore 2

Fridays Schedule (all games at 7:05 unless otherwise noted)

Eau Claire at Lakeshore (4:00)
Rochester at St. Cloud (5:05)
Waterloo at Duluth (6:35)
Madison at Green Bay
Kenosha at Battle Creek
Wisconsin Rapids at La Crosse
Kalamazoo at Wisconsin
Willmar at Thunder Bay
Rochester at St. Cloud
Alexandria at Mankato
Eau Claire at Lakeshore