Chinooks, Express extend streaks on Thursday

Lakeshore won their eighth straight, while Eau Claire picked up their sixth in a row. The Chinooks snuck by La Crosse with a three-run first and are now 8-1 to start the second half, while the Express used a four-run 11th to down Thunder Bay. Meanwhile, the Border Cats skid hit seven and Alexandria dropped their fifth in a row. 

Eau Claire 8, Thunder Bay 5 (11 innings)

The Northern Division leaders won their sixth striaght, an 8-5 victory over Thunder Bay in 11 innings. Eau Claire scored four runs in the top of the 11th, three coming on a Jeff Hendix (Oregon St) home run that proved to be the game-winner. The Border Cats scratched across a run in the bottom of the 11th but the Express continued their hot streak. Hendrix finished with five RBIs on a three-hit night and was named the NWL Player of the Night while reliever Taylor Duree (New Mexico) picked up a win with three innings of relief. Thunder Bay's Adam Collins (Central Michigan) drove in three runs in the loss.

Waterloo 9, Kalamazoo 4

Cody Sedlock (Illinois) had a solid rebound start, tossing six innings one-run innings and the Waterloo offense took it from there in a 9-4 victory over Kalamazoo. Sedlock, who hadn't gotten past the fifth inning since June 19thstruck out seven and gave up just seven hits. The Bucks offense was powered by Kevin Kaczmarski (Evansville), who picked up three hits and added a home run and a double to drive in four runs. Kalamazoo dropped their seventh game of their last ten, and sit in last place in the Southern Division. 

Wisconsin 7, Kenosha 4

Despite being outhit, Wisconsin downed the Kingfish, 7-4. Brendon Hayden (Virginia Tech) and Paul DeJong (Illinois St) both hit home runs and picked up three RBIs. The Woodchucks had a trio of two-run innings as the middle of the order was strong as DeJong, Hayden and Jake Scudder (Iowa Western) drove in all seven runs. DeJong, the league leader in home runs with 13, supported a strong start from Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest), who worked around a season-high ten hits allowed and gave up just one earned run to pick up the win. Alex Dunlap (Stanford) drove in two runs of the Kingfish.

Lakeshore 3, La Crosse 2

NWL Pitcher of the Night Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina) struck out ten over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to carry Lakeshore to their eighth straight victory, a 3-2 win over La Crosse. The Chinooks scored three runs in the first inning and didn't look back as the bullpen nearly squandered the lead late as they improved to 8-1 to start the second half of the season. Lakeshore won despite leaving 15 runners on base as Mitch Ghelfi (UW-Milwaukee) hit a two-run double in the first that proved to be the difference. Kruczynski picked up his third win and didn't give up a run, allowing just three hits while walking two.

Wisconsin Rapids 3, Madison 1

A three-run fourth was enough for Madison as they continued their six game series, with all three runs coming on a home run from third basemen Keelin Rasch (Louisiana Monroe). The series is now in the Rafters favor at two games to one as the two teams head to Madison. Wisconsin Rapids starter Jake Cage (Azusa Pacific) was dominant in his first start of the season, picking up a win with six shutout innings and four strikeouts while allowing just three hits. Teammate Jason Freeman (Texas A&M) closed it out for his first save of the season. 

Duluth 10, Mankato 4

Three different Huskies had multi-RBI games as Duluth downed Mankato, 10-4. Michael Tinsley (Kansas) drove in three runs on a two-hit day, while teammate Dominic Miroglio (UCLA) added a solo home run and a pair of RBIs. The MoonDogs Ridge Smith (Austin Peay St) hit a solo home run but Mankato couldn't have gotten much against Huskies starter Alex Winkleman (Southeast Missouri St). Winkleman gave up just two runs over five innings while striking out two in the win.

Green Bay 9, Battle Creek 0

The Bullfrogs blanked Battle Creek, 9-0, as they scored a run in all but one of their eight innings and curised to an easy victory. Roberto Baroniel (Nova Southeastern) threw seven shutout innings and gave up just five hits while striking out eight without a walk to pick up his fourth win on the season. After not scoring in the first, Green Bay put up innings of 1,1,1,1,2,1,2 and cruised. Nobody picked up more then one RBI, however and the Bullfrogs also didn't hit a home run as a team.

Rochester 5, Alexandria 4

Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, Rochester rallied to tie it on a Connor Schaefbauer (Minnesota) single before Reid Roper (Illinois) hit one of his own to walkoff against Alexandria, 5-4. The Honkers second win in a row was also the Blue Anchors fifth consecutive loss as Alexandria closer Kevin Walsh (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) couldn't get the job done and was tagged with the defeat. Carl Jameson (Missouri Baptist) picked up the win with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.

St. Cloud 8, Willmar 5 (10 innings)- Update in morning.

Friday's Schedule (all games at 7:05)

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