Mazza no-hits Chinooks on night of strong pitching performances
Lakeshore and Wisconsin Rapids combined for just one hit- the Rafters, but Lakeshore still pulled off a 2-0 victory. Domenic Mazza no-hit the Chinooks but took a loss thanks to a trio of errors on an exciting and interesting night of action. Matt Kent threw a complete game for Rochester in a win on a day filled with dominant pitching performances.
Rochester 9, Mankato 2
Matt Kent (Texas A&M) pitched a complete game and Reid Roper (Illinois) added a NWL Player of the Night performance in Rochester's win over Mankato. The Honkers victory snapped a skid and pulled them to just two games under .500 as they halted the MoonDogs, who were on a three-game winning streak. Kent threw his first complete game of the season, allowing just two runs (neither of which were earned) on seven hits while striking out nine. He lowered his season ERA to just 2.40 and was backed by a four-RBI day from Roper. Roper went 3-5 with a three-run home run as a part of a four-run Honkers fifth.
Lakeshore 2, Wisconsin Rapids 0
Domenic Mazza (UC Santa Barbara) no-hit the Chinooks but was handed a loss. The NWL Pitcher of the Night struck out ten and allowed just three walks but took the loss as two errors in the sixth gave Lakeshore all the offense they needed. Mazza went all eight innings but the Rafters offense was silenced and held to just one hit by the trio of James Teague (Arkansas), Sterling Koerner (FGCU) and Andrew Elliot (Wright St). Teague went six innings for the win, giving up the lone hit while striking out 12. Koerner threw two scoreless innings for the hold and Elliot struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save on the season.
Eau Claire 5, Thunder Bay 3
The Express hung on to a slim lead atop the Northern Division behind a two-run seventh and a strong effort from the bullpen. Jack Zoellner (New Mexico) hit a clutch two-run double to break open a tie game, his only hit of the night. Orlando Meza (San Diego St) escaped with a win despite blowing a two-run lead in the top of the frame. Closer Eric Gleese (Hawaii) worked around a walk with three strikeouts in the ninth for his fifth save. Every single member of the Eau Claire lineup recorded a hit, with three picking up two on a 12-hit night.
Duluth 4, Willmar 0
A three-game Stinger winning streak came to a halt at the hands of Kevin Peters (West Florida), Austin Darby (Nebraska) and the Huskies. Duluth left 11 runners on base but a two-run double from Darby and a stellar performance from Peters led them to victory. Peters pitched into the eighth and gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out four in his fourth win on the season. Darby went 2-5 in his first Duluth game and teammate Keach Ballard (Oklahoma) added a RBI on a two-hit night.
Wisconsin 7, Kalamazoo 5 (11 innings)
Both teams hit a pair of home runs and combined for 25 hits in a three-hour, 11-inning game that ultimately saw Wisconsin come out on top. The Woodchucks tied it at four in the ninth on a RBI double from Derek Peake (UW-Milwaukee) and jumped ahead as Brendon Hayden (Virginia Tech) drove in a run with a single. Kalamazoo tied it to force extras, and a bases loaded walk of Paul DeJong (Illinois St) and a sacrifice fly from Jake Scudder (Iowa Western) won it in the 11th. Wisconsin's Max Ising (Creighton) struck out the side in order in the bottom of the 11th for his ninth save while Austin Tribby (Missouri) picked up his fourth save in relief.
Battle Creek 12, Kenosha 1
A seven-run fourth by the Bombers handed Kenosha just their second loss on their road trip rather convincinly. The Kingfish had won four of their last five but were halted by a Battle Creek offense that slugged 12 hits and a pitching staff that racked up 12 strikeouts. The Bombers picked up just four extra base hits, one of which was a bases clearing triple from Henri Lartigue (Ole Miss). Lartigue finished with two hits and four RBIs, while teammates Matt Dacey (Richmond) and Spencer Thornton (San Diego St) all scored three times. Starter Jacob Waguespack (Ole Miss) struck out six and gave up just one run over five innings in the win.
Waterloo 11, St. Cloud 5
Entering the eighth, Waterloo trailed 5-3. They erupted for a five-run eighth and a three-run ninth to pull away down the stretch for an easy win over St. Cloud as the Rox bullpen spoiled a strong start from Tim Faix (Kent State). Faix gave up three runs, just one of which was earned, over seven innings while striking out three. He was in line for the win before a trio of relievers collapsed and gave up eight runs, all earned. David Kerian (Illinois) scored three runs and drove in two, while teammates Connor McClain (Indiana St) and Pat Mackenzie (Central Michigan) each added two RBIs.
Madison 7, Green Bay 6
Madison scored two runs in the seventh and it was just enough as they overcame Green Bay by a run. The Bullfrogs left ten men on base, including two in the ninth against Mallards closer Tim Black (Central Michigan). Black got a big strikeout with runners on the corners for his league-leading 14th save as a RBI single from Matt Thaiss (Virginia) was ultimately the difference. Pete Alonso (Florida) drove in three runs and Robbie Tenerowicz (Cal) added a home run and three runs scored as well.
Alexandria 3, La Crosse 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)
A two-run sixth was the difference as the Blue Anchors overcame a late rally from La Crosse to win. The Loggers had the tying run at the plate against Graylon Brown (Angelo St) in the bottom of the seventh, but Brown got a big flyout to end the game. Starter Blake Bass (Angelo St), college teammates with Brown, went six innings and gave up just one run without allowing a walk for his second win on the season. Three different Alexandria players drove in a run- one coming on a Jordan Lee (Texas-Corpus Christi) home run.
In Progress: Alexandria/La Crosse Game 2
Wisconsin Rapids at Lakeshore (6:35)
La Crosse at Alexandria (6:35)
Thunder Bay at Eau Claire (6:35)
Rochester at Mankato (7:05)
Wisconsin at Kalamazoo (7:05)
Madison at Green Bay (7:05)
Kenosha at Battle Creek (7:05)
Waterloo at St. Cloud (7:05)
Duluth at Willmar (7:05)