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Chinooks win fourth straight on 10-game Sunday

Lakeshore won their fourth in a row, St. Cloud rallied to down Rochester and Kalamazoo snapped a four game losing streak. It was an exciting 10-game slate as a pair of walkoffs- Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth- as well as a pitching duel in Eau Claire and Alexandria made for another great day of action. 

St. Cloud 9, Rochester 4

The Rox overcame an early deficit and scored five runs in the top of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie and down Rochester, 9-4. St. Cloud picked up their second win in a row after starting the second half 0-3. They trailed early, falling behind 4-2 heading into the seventh, but timely hitting lifted them over the Honkers and handed them their second loss in a row. Bradley Strong (Western Carolina) and Charles Galiano (Fordham) both drove in a pair of runs for the Rox out of the eight and nine spots in the St. Cloud lineup.

Kalamazoo 4, Madison 1

NWL Pitcher of the Night Ryan Smoyer (Notre Dame) threw eight innings and gave up just one run and had more then enough run support as Kalamazoo downed Madison, 4-1. Smoyer struck out five and gave up just two hits to improve to 5-0 on the season, the lone run coming on a RBI fielders choice in the fourth. Three different Growlers drove in a run while Nick Yarnall (Pitt) paced the offense with a 2-for-4 night with two runs and a RBI. It snapped a four game skid for Kalamazoo and was their first win in the second half of the season.

Mankato 7, Waterloo 2

Mankato improved to a Northern Division best 4-1 in the second half as they dropped the Bucks to .500 with a 7-2 victory. Tanner Rockwell (Arkansas Little Rock) came a triple short of the cycle to pace the MoonDogs, who finished with 12 hits on the night. Rockwell went 3-5 with a double and a home run on a three-RBI day. Mankato trailed 2-1 heading into eighth, where they erupted for six runs to turn a pitchers duel into a convincing win. Reliever Alex Hackerott (Oklahoma State) gave up a run over three innings in relief to pick up the win.

Wisconsin 12, Kenosha 0 (continued game)

The first game of a double-header between Wisconsin and Kenosha was a continuation of a past game from early June, and the Woodchucks picked up an easy 12-0 win. Wisconsin third basemen Paul DeJong drove in five runs, four coming on a grand slam and a pair of four run innings were more then enough. Kenosha left eight runners on base and struggled against reliever Kaylor Chafin (Texas A&M), who threw six shutout innings and gave up just five hits to pick up the win.

Wisconsin 4, Kenosha 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)

Wisconsin picked up a double-header sweep as they fought off a Kenosha comeback to pick up the narrow 4-3 victory. The Woodchucks scored four in the third and were in the driving seat until the Kingfish rallied for three runs in the sixth to cut the lead to just one. However, closer Max Ising (Creighton) picked up his sixth save in his third season with Wisconsin. Starter Alex Phillips (Arkansas) went six innings and gave up just three runs on four hits to pick up the win. Jake Scudder (Iowa Western) provided all the offense with a grand slam.

Lakeshore 8, Green Bay 3

The fourth win in a row for Lakeshore came as a result of a late rally, as they scored five runs over the last two innings to break a tie and down Green Bay, 8-3. The Chinooks picked up 13 hits, four of which coming from the bat of Jake Noll (FGCU). Noll drove in four runs, including a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh. Green Bay went through six pitchers, while Lakeshore needed just half of that with three. Garett Brummett (Wichita State) threw two scoreless innings and allowed just three hits to pick up the win in relief. Johnny Bekakis (Long Beach St) drove in all three runs for the Bullfrogs with a three-run home run, his only hit of the day.

Wisconsin Rapids 7, Thunder Bay 6

After tying it with a two-run eighth, Taylor Stell, in his first Wisconsin Rapids game, hit a RBI single to give the Rafters a walkoff 7-6 victory over Thunder Bay. Stell had three hits on the day for Wisconsin Rapids and was one of five different players to record a RBI. All but one starter recorded a hit for the Rafters, who won their second consecutive game. It was the fourth straight defeat for Thunder Bay as reliever Reid Peavy (Northwestern St) gave up the walkoff single to take the loss. Nolan Blackwood (Memphis) threw a scoreless ninth for Wisconsin Rapids to pick up the win.

Battle Creek 9, La Crosse 6

Battle Creek picked up their second win a row despite falling behind early to La Crosse, 9-6. The Loggers scored three runs in the first and jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Bombers pulled ahead with a pair of big innings late. The Battle Creek offense was led by Cody Kuznicki (Northern Kentucky), who went 2-4 with a home run- a three-run blast in the sixth- on a five RBI day. Kyle Slack (Toledo) gave up two runs in the ninth but still picked up his first save on the season after primarily being used as a starter.

 Duluth 3, Willmar 2 (10 innings)

After finishing the first half 18 games under .500, Duluth pulled ahead to 3-2 to start the second half with a 3-2 victory over first half champions Willmar. The Huskies walked off in the bottom of the tenth and saw all but two members of their lineup record a hit, led by Trent Chatterton (UCLA). Chatterton picked up three hits, one of four Duluth batters who recorded multi-hit games. Stinger starter TJ Whidby (UT Arlington) threw a complete nine innings, giving up ten hits but just two runs in the no-decisison. It was reliever Will Lydon (Pacific) who was handed the loss, his second.

Eau Claire 1, Alexandria 0 

A first inning home run from Daniel Salters (Dallas Baptist) was the only run scored all game as Eau Claire downed Alexandria, 1-0, in a pitchers duel. The teams combined for just 11 hits the whole game and both starters went six innings. Express southpaw Jordan Ruckman (Northern Illinois) took the win with six shutout innings as he allowed just two hits and struck out three. Blue Anchor righty Spencer Koopmans (Cal-Davis) took the loss as his lone mistake came back to haunt him. He allowed just four hits, one the solo shot, while striking out one.

Monday's Schedule:

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