Bullfrogs, Chinooks extend streaks
Once again, Green Bay and Lakeshore extended their winning streaks. The Bullfrogs hit five as they picked up a series sweep of Madison while the Chinooks won their ninth in a row for their second-half leading 19th win.
Battle Creek 3, Wisconsin 0
Despite a perfect 4-4 day at the plate from Brendon Hayden (Virginia Tech), Wisconsin couldn't scratch a run across against Battle Creek's trio of pitchers. Starter Jordan Grossjean (Central Michigan) went five shutout innings in his first start out of the bullpen, allowing just four hits. Teammate Hunter Jobe (Pfeiffer) went three shutout innings in middle relief and closer Alden Cartwright (LSU) picked up his second save. Laz Rivera (Miami) hit a two-run triple for the Bombers in the win.
Mankato 7, Alexandria 2
A four-run eighth broke open a close game as Mankato pulled closer to the top of Northern Division standings with a 7-2 win over Alexandria. Starter Cord Cockrell (Southern Miss) struck out three and gave up just one run over five innings while reliever Alex Hackerott (Oklahoma) struck out four over four strong innings. Every single member of the MoonDog lineup recorded a hit, while Eric Schenck-Joblinske (Kirkwood CC) drove in a pair of runs.
Waterloo 11, Thunder Bay 4
Waterloo racked up 19 hits and picked up their eighth win over their last ten games and remained atop the Northern Division in a tie with Willmar. The Bucks stranded 11 runners but still had three multi-run innings, while starter Cody Sedlock (Illinois) turned in a dominant start. Sedlock struck out six and gave up just one run over seven innings of work, tying his season high. Ryan Nagle (Illinois) hit a two-run home run and teammate Will Sparks (Washingston) drove in three.
Green Bay 9, Madison 2
The Bullfrogs swept Madison for their fifth straight win as Ryan Howell (Chabot) slugged two home runs. Howell hit a three-run home run in the first, then added a solo shot. Green Bay scored three runs in the first, fourth and fifth. Three other Bullfrogs drove in a run and starter Mike Ellenbest (Saginaw Valley St) was solid over five innings. He gave up two runs- just one of which was earned- while striking out five. Closer Justin Mullins (UC Davis) worked around a walk for his first save of the season.
Eau Claire 6, Rochester 3
Four Honkers errors contributed to a tough loss at the hands of Eau Claire, 6-3. Rochester was held scoreless until the eighth as Conner Rusch threw 7 1/3 innings in a solid start to earn NWL Pitcher of the Night honors. He struck out four and gave up two runs, just one of which was earned, in his longest start of the season. Drew Turbin (Dallas Baptist) and Daniel Slaters (Dallas Baptist), collegiate teammates, both drove in two runs. Teammate Eric Gleese (Hawaii) picked up his sixth save of the season.
Willmar 6, La Crosse 3
Both teams picked up nine hits, but Willmar made the most of their opportunities in a 6-3 victory over La Crosse. Nick Rivera (FGCU) hit a two-run home run as a part of a three-run eighth which saw the Stingers pull away. Starter Matt Snyder (Kentucky) struck out seven over six strong innings but took a no-decsision. It was his seventh start of six innings in his ninth appearance on the season. Tyler Cohen (Loyola Marymount) recorded his first save in his fourth relief outing.
Duluth 6, St. Cloud 1
AJ McElderry (Indiana State) gave up just one run over six strong innings in a spot start- his first after making 20 relief appearances. McElderry was backed by errorless defense and 14 hits from a good offensive showing. Dominic Miroglio (UCLA) drove in a pair of runs and four different members of the Huskies offense recorded a RBI. Michael Tinsley (Kansas) and Trent Chatterton (UCLA) both picked up three hits.
Kalamazoo 5, Kenosha 1
Just like Saturday's matchup, a four-run inning turned the outcome. This time, it was Kalamazoo as Karl Sorenson (St. Cloud St) and Jesse Puscheck (Cansius Col) both drove in a pair of runs. Chris Godinez (Bradley) hit a solo home run for the Kingfish but that was all they could get against starter Eric Hall (Chicago St). Hall went six innings in his first start after coming out the bullpen and allowed just one run on four hits to pick up the win.
Lakeshore 12, Wisconsin Rapids 1
19-3. Ninth straight win. Lakeshore have been absolutely dominant to start the second half, as they extended their win streak to nine with a convincing 11-run win over Wisconsin Rapids. NWL Player of the Night Brett Siddall (Canisius) went 3-4 with four RBIs, three runs and a home run. The Chinooks struck for two in the first, three in the fourth and four more in the eighth inning. Starter Shun Anderson (Florida) improved to 4-1 as he gave up just one run over 7 1/3 as he added six strikeouts.
Monday's Schedule (all games at 7:05 unless otherwise noted):
Madison at Wisconsin (6:35)
Willmar at Alexandria (6:35)
Eau Claire at Duluth (6:35)
Green Bay at Battle Creek
La Crosse at Kenosha
Kalamazoo at Wisconsin Rapids
Waterloo at Thunder Bay
St. Cloud at Rochester
Lakeshore at Mankato