Bombers slug 24 hits in 18-run night, Chinooks streak hits nine

Alexandria snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Thunder Bay, who've now lost nine in a row. Lakeshore continued their winning ways as they downed Green Bay with a late rally for their ninth in a row. St. Cloud's streak hit five as they pulled just a half game out of Eau Claire, who fell. Battle Creek scored 18 runs (tying the season-high) and racked up 24 hits. 

Alexandria 7, Thunder Bay 4

Spencer Koomans (Cal-Davis), pitching with a chip on his shoulder after not picking up a win despite going six innings in each of his last three starts, threw into the sixth and gave up just one run to finally pick up a victory. Alexandria snapped a six-game skid as they scored four runs in the seventh, with Rickey Sanchez (Notre Dame) driving in three to provide Koomans more then enough run support. Koomans gave up just one earned run for the second consecutive appearance while striking out six. It was the Border Cats ninth straight loss as they have just one win to start the second half of the season.

Lakeshore 6, Green Bay 5

After Green Bay scored two runs in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie, Lakeshore rallied for three runs in the eighth to down Bullfrogs for their eighth straight win. Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee) hit a two-run triple in the eighth to tie the game at five, and teammate Sawyer Polen (Kent State) laid down a safety squeeze to score the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run. Chinook's starter Joe Pavlovich (UW-Oshkosh), who was recently named to the All-Star game, gave up three runs in just four innings in his second shortest strat of the summer. Lakeshore continued their tear, extending their winning streak to nine after dropping the first game of the second half.

Mankato 8, Eau Claire 4

Mankato trailed 4-3 in a close game entering the seventh, before the MoonDogs offense erupted for six runs to snap Eau Claire's seven-game win streak. The second win in a row for Mankato pulled them within a game and a half of the Northern Division leading Express as Brett Seeburger (San Diego St) squandered the lead. The MoonDogs scored six runs on six hits to pull away and relievers Alex Hackerott (Oklahoma St) and Tyler Mark (Cal St Dominguez) shut down Eau Claire down the stretch. 

St. Cloud 7, Duluth 4

A three-run ninth made it closer then it was as St. Cloud rolled to their fifth straight win against Duluth. NWL Pitcher of the Night Austin Caspersen (Doane) was dominant over eight innings, as he gave up just one run while striking out four. Reliever Chad Hockin (Cal State Fullerton) quickly gave up three earned runs in the ninth and gave way to Dalton Sawyer (Minnesota), who picked up his fourth save as he got the big last out. The Rox was out-hit, 12-11, by the Huskies but they had three different players pick up multi-RBI days. Robert Youngdahl went 4-4 with three doubles and two RBIs in the win. 

Battle Creek 18, Wisconsin 6

Despite entering with five consecutive losses, Battle Creek set a season-high in hits (24) and tied the season high in runs (18) in a rout of Wisconsin, handing the Woodchucks their second straight loss. Every single Bomber starter except for one had at least two hits as they broke Green Bay's season high hits total of 22. NWL Player of the Night Justin Stawychny (Louisiana Monroe) hit a pair of doubles on a three-hit, four-RBI night while teammate Connor Panas (Cansius) added four RBIs and three runs. Battle Creek scored seven runs in the first and added a pair of three-run innings as well as a four-run third.

Madison 10, Wisconsin Rapids 7 (8 innings)

In a rain-shortened game, Madison scored three runs in the seventh to break a 7-7 tie and down the Rafters, 10-7. The fifth of a six game set between these teams, Wisconsin Rapids leads 3-2. The Mallards jumped ahead 7-1 with a huge, seven-run second but the Rafters chipped away. A pair of three-run innings tied it, but a two-run double from Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) put away Wisconsin Rapisd. Marabell had three RBIs for Madison on a three-hit day. Reliever Andrew Buckley (California) threw two scoreless innings in relief for his second win on the season. 

Kalamazoo 10, Rochester 9

A five-run ninth brought the Honkers oh-so-close to completing an improbable comeback, but Kalamazoo escaped by the narrowest of margins. The Growlers picked up 11 hits and were led by an impressive six-RBI day from Karl Sorensen (St. Cloud St) as he hit a grand slam in the eighth and added a two-RBI double. Rochester rallied against Eric Hall (Chicago St) and Donnie Eaton (Michigan) in the ninth, but Eaton got a big two-out strikeout to end it.

In Progress: Kenosha/La Crosse, Willmar/Waterloo

Sunday's Schedule:

Kalamazoo at Rochester (1:05)
Wisconsin Rapids at Madison (3:05)
Willmar at Waterloo (3:35)
Alexandria at Thunder Bay (4:05)
Lakeshore at Green Bay (5:05)
St. Cloud at Duluth (5:05)
Wisconsin at Battle Creek (5:05)
Kenosha at La Crosse (5:05)
Eau Claire at Mankato (6:05)