Chinooks, Border Cats streak ends at nine on Sunday night
Lakeshore's streak ended at nine, while several teams rallied to overcome early deficits. Kalamazoo downed Rochester in 11, Madison pulled ahead in the seventh while Willmar scored four runs in the top of the ninth. Thunder Bay also tacked on a walkoff grand slam to end both a nine-game losing streak and an exciting night of Northwoods League action.
Kalamazoo 8, Rochester 7 (11 innings)
Nick Yarnall (Pitt) drove in the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run in the top of the 11th and Kalamazoo bounced back from a late rally by Rochester. NWL Pitcher of the Night Ryan Bower (Allan Hancock) went seven innings for Rochester in a no-descision, allowing just on earned run while striking out six. The Honkers trailed by three heading into the ninth, but overcame the deficit and rallied to tie. Growler reliver Eric Hall (Chicago St) picked up the win in relief, as he threw two shutout innings.
Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3
Robbie Tenerowicz (California) hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to carry Madison to their second straight win against the Rafters. The Mallards used a combination of seven different pitchers, with reliever Ben Neumann (Northern Illinois) picking up the win, while teammate Tim Black (Central Michigan) picked up his 13th save on the season. Tyler Servais (Princeton) had two RBIs in the loss for Wisconsin Rapids.
Willmar 9, Waterloo 5
Willmar broke open a tied game in the top of the ninth with four runs and downed the Bucks. Both teams scored five runs across the first four innings before the bullpens locked it down, until the Stingers explosive rally. Jack Ross (Pepperdine) had a two-run single as a part of a three-RBI night for Willmar, while the combination of Waterloo's Aaron Myers (Longwood) and Adam Dian (Pitt) gave up all four runs. Myers took the loss, while reliever Will Lydon (Pacific) threw two shutout innings to pick up the win, the Stingers second win in a row.
Green Bay 8, Lakeshore 6
The Chinooks finally lost, as they couldn't extend their winning streak to ten games against the Bullfrogs. A three-run first put up Green Bay for good as they opened up a five-run lead before Lakeshore even scored. The Chinooks out-hit the Bullfrogs, 10-9, but left nine runners on base. Ryan Koziol (Guf Coast St), Ryan Howell (Chabot) and Franco Guardascione (Palm Beach St Col) all drove in two runs for Green Bay in the win. Utility player Ivan Vieitez (Lenoir-Rhyne) picked up his third save on the season as he's now gone eight shutout innings in relief.
Kenosha 8, La Crosse 2
A huge seven-run third was more then enough offense for the Kingfish as they easily downed La Crosse. Rex Morrow (Madison Col) went five innings and gave up just one run while striking out six to pick up the win, his second of the season. Nash Knight (Dallas Baptist) picked up three hits for the Loggers, but the Kenosha attack was too much. Six different Kingfish recorded RBIs, with Kyle Brooks (North Florida) driving in two on a three-hit night.
Wisconsin 6, Battle Creek 5
Battle Creek rallied four runs in the late innings but they couldn't overcome an early Wisconsin lead. Brendon Hayden (Virginia Tech) hit a two-run home run in the first and the Woodchucks didn't look back. The Bombers scored three runs in the seventh but it was too little too late. Three different members of the Wisconsin lineup drove in runs while Alex Phillips (Arkansas) picked up the win as he gave up just one earned runs over five innings. Max Ising (Creighton) picked up his eighth save with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.
St. Cloud 8, Duluth 3
The Rox broke open a one-run lead with six runs late as they downed Duluth. St. Cloud scored four runs in the eighth and out-hit the Huskies, 14-5. Five different Rox hitters drove in a run, with Eric Loxtercamp (St. Cloud St) leading the way with three hits. Nick Jensen-Clagg (Kent St) went 5 2/3 innings and struck out eight, but reliever Tyler Peitzmeier (Cal State Fullerton) threw three shutout innings for the win after the late rally.
Thunder Bay 13, Alexandria 11
Trailing 11-8 entering the ninth, Thunder Bay rallied for five runs to down the Blue Anchors to snap a nie-game losing streak. NWL Player of the Night Robb Paller (Columbia) hit a walkoff grand slam as a part of a five-RBI night to carry the Border Cats. Reliever Ben Allison (Belhaven) gave up two runs in the top of the ninth but escaped with the win. Thunder Bay slugged 18 hits as the teams combined for 31 hits. All but one member of the Blue Anchors lineup picked up a RBI but Paller's five-RBI night combined for Jorden Serena's (Columbia) four were enough.
Mankato 8, Eau Claire 6
A two-run eighth completed a comeback by the MoonDogs as they overcame a five-run Eau Claire first. Mankato picked up 12 hits on the night and all but three members of their lineup drove in a run. Tyler Sullivan (Pacific) drove in two and scored twice on a four-hit night, supporting reliever Garrett Ring (Middle Tennessee St). Ring came in in the second after the Express opened up a 5-0 lead and struck out four over five shutout innings for the win. Tyler Mark (Cal St Dominguez) got two outs in the ninth for his seventh save on the year.
St. Cloud at Willmar (7:05)