DeJong into Wisconsin record books on Thursday
Wisconsin slugger Paul DeJong took the all-time Woodchuck lead for home runs in the franchise's 20th season, while Lakeshore continued their winning ways with a 13-3 rout for their sixth straight win as they've only dropped three of 19 games to start the second half.
Wisconsin 7, Kalamazoo 5
Wisconsin's Paul DeJong (Illinois St) hit a Northwoods League leading 15th home run which broke a 5-5 tie and gave him the title of being the Woodchucks all-time home runs leader. He also broke the single-season Wisconsin record earlier in the season and his two-run home run in the seventh put Wisconsin up for good. Every starter in the Woodchucks lineup recorded a hit while John Oltman (Creighton) picked up his fifth save of the season.
Kenosha 2, Wisconsin Rapids 0
Rico Garcia (Hawaii Pacific), coming off a 1-2-3 inning of work in the All-Star Game, threw six shutout innings and a two-run fifth carried the red-hot Kingfish to a fourth straight win. Kenosha remained tied for second in the Southern Division as they kept pace with Wisconsin. Rafters starter, Domenic Mazza (UC Santa Barbara) went seven innings and gave up just one earned run but took his second loss in a row coming off of his no-hitter. Mazza struck out six and gave up just five hits. He lowered his season ERA to 0.81 over his first five impressive starts.
St. Cloud 5, Eau Claire 0
Despite entering with an ERA over five, St. Cloud starter Josh Taylor (Georgia Col) looked like the best of the Northwoods League as he mowed down Eau Claire with ease. He struck out 11 and gave up just two hits over six shutout innings to pick up nightly top pitcher honors, Tyler Peitzmeier (Cal State Fullerton) picked up a three-inning save and the Rox capitalized on three Eau Claire errors. Taylor threw almost 60% of his 90 pitches for strikes as he bounced back from giving up four earned runs and not making it out of the third in his last start.
Green Bay 4, La Crosse 0
A quality start from Green Bay's Nathan Disch (Jacksonville) and a strong bullpen performance held the Loggers scoreless. Disch threw six shutout innings and gave up just three hits while striking out eight to lower his season ERA to 1.96. Ryan Howell (Chabot Col) and Paul Jacobsen (SDSU) both picked up a RBI for the Bullfrogs, who've won two straight.
Mankato 6, Alexandria 5 (11 innings)
All but one member of the Mankato lineup picked up a hit as they finished with 14, but it took 11 innings to down the Blue Anchors, 6-5. Alexandria jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the first two innings, but the MoonDogs bounced back for three in the fifth before Eric Schenck-Joblinske (Kirkwood CC) hit a solo home run to lead off the 11th. Jacob Westerhouse (North Alabama) threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts for the win, while Tyler Mark (Cal St Dominguez) earned his eighth save.
Waterloo 8, Duluth 2
A three-run first put the Bucks up for good and they tacked on five more runs in the seventh for a convincing 8-2 win. Nick Deckert (FGCU) struck out five over six innings and gave up just two runs on five hits for the win, while the Huskies went through six different pitchers. Pat Mackenzie (Central Michigan) went 2-3 with a pair of RBI, while Will Sparks (Washington) added three hits and two RBI while Connor McClain (Indiana St) added a pair of runs driven in.
Lakeshore 13, Madison 3
Lakeshore continued their winning ways as they picked up their sixth win in a row to improve to 8-2 over their last 10 games. They easily and convincingly downed the defending champions, 13-3, behind an offensive surge from NWL Player of the Night Sawyer Polen (Kent St). Polen went 3-5, with two doubles, two runs and three RBI. Blake Butler (Charleston Col) added a 3-4 night with three runs and a pair of RBI, as well as a pair of walks. James Teague (Arkansas) gave up a pair of runs over five innings for his third win.
Rochester 10, Battle Creek 5
Three Bomber errors and an eight run seventh saw a 3-1 Battle Creek lead evaporate as Rochester pulled away to a 10-5 win. Four different Honkers drove in two runs apiece while reliever Brandon Stennis (Doane College) gave up two runs over three innings of work for his third win of the season. Jeff Campbell (North Dakota) led Rochester as he went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and walks.
Willmar 7, Thunder Bay 2
AJ Puckett (Pepperdine) struck out six over seven innings of two-run ball while Frankie Rios (Southern California) and Tyler Coehn (Loyola Marymount) each drove in a pair of runs. Five different players picked up multiple hits while all but one member of the Stingers lineup picked up a hit. Puckett allowed just five hits on the night as he issued just two walks.
Friday's Schedule (all at 7:05 unless otherwise noted)
Waterloo at Duluth (6:35)
La Crosse at Green Bay
St. Cloud at Eau Claire
Mankato at Alexandria
Wisconsin at Kalamazoo
Thunder Bay at Willmar
Battle Creek at Rochester
Lakeshore at Madison
Wisconsin Rapids at Kenosha