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Déjà vu all over again

Stop me if you've heard this before- a Mankato MoonDog took home player of the night and a Lakeshore Chinook was named pitcher of the night. Exactly the same as Thursday night- even the same result in Willmar, where the two teams split a double-header…again. Like Yogi Berra said, it's "Deja vu all over again."

Madison 8, Willmar 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

The second-doubleheader in a row between these teams saw Madison use a five-run fifth to soundly defeat the Stingers, 8-2. It was the second consecutive win for the Mallards as they had also taken last nights nightcap. Trace Tam Sing's (Washington St) second home run of the summer was a three-run blast. Pete Alonso (Florida) had his fifth multi-RBI game in a row, driving in two and scoring twice while adding a home run. AJ Bogucki (North Carolina) went six innings to pick up his first win since the last day of June as he struck out five while allowing just two earned runs.

Willmar 4, Madison 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

Madison and Willmar split a double-header again and split the double-header set. The Stingers snapped a two-game losing streak and bookended their series with the Mallards with victories, including a 4-0 one thanks to a two-RBI day from Regan Fowler (Creighton). Three Willmar pitchers combined for the shutout, with Will Lydon (Pacific) striking out five over 2 2/3 innings in middle relief for the victory. 

Mankato 10, Thunder Bay 5

14 hits and a pair of multi-run innings opened up a 10-0 lead for Mankato as the Border Cats rallied for five runs late but couldn't complete a comeback. The MoonDogs scored a lone run in the first three innings before striking for a four-run fourth behind a six-RBI day from Tanner Rockwell (Arkansas Little Rock) that earned him NWL Player of the Night honors. Rockwell went 3-6 with a home run, a double and three runs scored. Dillon Williams (Shelton St) went five shutout innings and gave up just three runs while Austin Warner (Bellarmine) threw four scoreless innings and struck out five for his second save.

Kalamazoo 6, La Crosse 5

A three-run seventh carried Kalamazoo to a slim one-run victory over La Crosse, 6-5. The Loggers tacked on a run in the top of the ninth but couldn't complete the comeback. John Schreiber entered after La Crosse cut the lead to one and picked up his second save in as many days. Ryne Birk (Texas A&M) picked up three hits and drove in three runs for the Loggers, but the Growler's Justin Fletcher (Northern Illinois) hit a two-run double in the seventh and finished with three RBIs. 

Duluth 5, St. Cloud 4

St. Cloud's skid hit five as a three-run Duluth fifth was enough for the Huskies to pick up a sweep of the Rox. Austin Darby (Nebraska) went 3-4 with a double, two runs and a pair of RBIs in his fourth game in Duluth. St. Cloud picked up two home runs and Liam Bedford (Dane) went 4-4 but the Rox continued their recent struggles. Austin Christensen (Nebraska) gave up just two earned runs over six innings for his first win of the season while Bo Hellquist (Minnesota-Duluth) threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season. 

Lakeshore 4, Green Bay 0

NWL Pitcher of the Night Shaun Anderson (Florida) threw seven shutout innings and Lakeshore blanked the Bullfrogs, 4-0. Anderson picked up a season-high seven strikeouts and didn't give up a single run or walk. Michael Morman (Valparaiso) hit a two-run double and Zack Bowers (Georgia0) added a two-run single. The Chinooks second win in a row put them two games ahead of second place Madison. 

Waterloo 16, Alexandria 0

The Bucks pummeled Alexandria as they scored in every single inning except for the eight, including a six-run sixth and a pair of two-run innings. Ryan Nagle (Illinois) drove in three runs and David Kerian (Illinois) added three RBIs and scored four times for Waterloo, who picked up their fourth win in a row. Every single member of the Bucks lineup recorded a RBI and scored, while all but one picked up a hit. The Blue Anchors were held to eight hits on the night while Waterloo starter Landon Simpson (Arkansas) improved to 4-0 and picked up his third straight win with five strikeouts over seven shutout innings.

Wisconsin 9, Battle Creek 1

An early 4-0 lead was only increased as the Woodchucks struck for four more in the seventh in a resounding 9-1 victory over the Bombers. Andy Ravel (Kent St) struck out ten and gave up just one run on four hits for his first win of the season. Wisconsin was boosted by three-RBI days from both Connor Beck (TCU) and Jake Scudder (Iowa Western), who combined for four hits and a pair of doubles.

In Progress: Kenosha/Wisconsin Rapids (17-3, B7th) and Eau Claire/Rochester (4-4, B10th)

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