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Willmar wins the first half North Division Title as we are approaching the halfway point of season

Willmar wins the first half title in the North Division as Waterloo's five-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Alexandria. Wisconsin Rapids walked off against the Woodchucks as we now sit just a few days from the midway point of the 2014 season. Battle Creek routed second-place La Crosse, 15-1, to pick up their third straight win while Lakeshore won their second in a row and sit in first. 

Alexandria 9, Waterloo 8

A six-run second by Alexandria snapped Waterloo's five-game winning streak as they downed the Bucks, 9-8. The Blue Anchors picked up 17 hits as Nehwon Norkeh (Angelo St) went 3-5 with four RBIs while teammate Rickey Sanchez (Notre Dame) hit a solo home run. Waterloo bounced back and pulled ahead 8-6 heading into the eighth with a late rally, but the Blue Anchors walked off in the bottom of the ninth. Norken hit a two-run single off of Bucks closer Adam Dian to walkoff. Rob Mouton (Bradley) picked up the win in relief.

Wisconsin Rapids 3, Wisconsin 2

In a matchup of Wisconsin teams, the Rafters walked off in the bottom of the ninth to down the Woodchucks, 3-2 in a very fast game that lasted just a little over two hours. A sacrifice fly from Cullen Gassaway (Arkansas) scored Keelin Rasch (Louisiana-Monroe) as Wisconsin Rapids won their second in a row. Rafters starter Jon Malmin (Texas) went eight strong innings and allowed a pair of runs in a no-descision while Antonio Gonzales (UC Riverside) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 inning in relief.

Duluth 4, Green Bay 2

A two-run eighth led the Huskies to a 4-2 win over Green Bay, snapping a five-game losing streak. Four different Huskies picked up RBIs as Duluth's four different pitchers combined to not give up an earned run. Steve Villines (Kansas) picked up a crucial out to get the win while collegiate teammate Jon Hander (Kansas) picked up the save in relief.

Lakeshore 3, Madison 1

Three consecutive runs in the first three innings by Lakeshore was enough for the Chinooks, who gained two games on second place La Crosse with two straight wins. Luke Lowery (Southern Miss) gave up just one run on three hits over five innings to pick up the win, while teammate Andrew Elliot (Wright St) picked up his seventh save on the season. Blake Butler (Charleston Col) hit a solo home run and added a double on a 2-4 night for Lakeshore.

Kenosha 7, Kalamazoo 4

Kenosha improved to .500 on the season with a 7-4 win over fellow inaugrual franchise Kalamazoo. A six-run third was more then enough offense as they rallied from an early 4-0 deficit. Kingfish center-fielder Buddy Reed (Florida) went 2-4 with a home run and a triple to go along with three RBIs. Pat Porter (Ohio State) picked up two RBIs to support starter Zach Morgenstern (Augustana). Morgenstern went five innings and gave up four runs (just two earned) to pick up the win while teammate Brett Shimanovsky (St. Louis) threw two one-hit innings to pick up the save.

Eau Claire 8, St. Cloud 5

The Express pulled just 1.5 games behind St. Cloud in the Northern Divsion standings as the scored four runs in the top of the eighth to pick up an 8-5 come from behind victory. Brent Gibbs (Indiana) went 3-5 with two runs, a pair of doubles and a solo home run to lead the Express. Starter Jefemy Bagnall (Montevallo) went six strong innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs while striking out five. Teammate Eric Gleese (Hawaii) struck out two in the ninth to pick up his second save.

Battle Creek 15, La Crosse 1

The floodgates opened over a four-run first as Battle Creek routed La Crosse, 15-1, for their third straight win. T. J Hillman (UT Arlington) and Connor Panas (Cansius) both picked up three RBI games while leadoff hitter Spencer Thornton (San Diego St) went 4-6 and scored four runs. Bomber starter Dakota Mekkes (Michigan State) was dominant over seven innings of work, allowing just one hit and one run- not earned- while striking out three to get the win. 

Willmar 10, Rochester 9

Willmar snapped a brief one-game losing streak as they rallied late to pick up a 10-9 win over Rochester and in doing so secured the first half North Division title. The Stingers jumped out to a 7-1 lead but saw it vanish as a five-run sixth put Rochester up 9-7. Willmar tied it in the bottom half and then pulled ahead with the go-ahead run in the seventh, the eventual game-winner a passed ball. Reliever Will Lydon (Pacific) picked up the win with two scoreless innings in relief while Josh Matheson (Minnesota St-Mankato) ran into some trouble but picked up the save.

Sundays Schedule:

Duluth at Green Bay (3:05)
Thunder Bay at Mankato (5:05)
Waterloo at Alexandria (5:05)
La Crosse at Battle Creek (5:05)
Kalamazoo at Kenosha (5:05)
Madison at Lakeshore (5:05)
Wisconsin Rapids at Wisconsin (5:05)
Eau Claire at St. Cloud (5:05)
Rochester at Willmar (6:05)
Thunder Bay at Mankato (7:35)