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Chinooks win 10th straight, hold five game lead in South

Lakeshore's incredible run hit ten as they set a franchise record in runs with 18 in a rout of Mankato as they won their tenth straight. They've opened up a five-game lead in the Southern Division standings as they're 20-3 to start the second half. Alexandria also rallied for a 7-6 win with two runs in the bottom of the 12th to walkoff. 

Battle Creek 3, Green Bay 2

Green Bay's win streak finally came to an end as the Bombers downed the Bullfrogs, 3-2. They entered with five straight wins but couldn't complete a rally after giving up three runs to Battle Creek in the first inning. Green Bay scratched across two runs in the eighth as they finally got to starter Luke Heller (Cornerstone). The Bomber right-hander went 7 1/3 innings and gave up just two runs on four hits to earn the Pitcher of the Night award from the league. Green Bay's Corey Fischer (Madison Col) went all eight innings and his only mistake was a three-run first, which featured RBIs from three different players as he took the loss. 

Wisconsin 6, Madison 2

A five-run eighth gave Wisconsin a come-from-behind victory over Madison, the defending champs eighth loss in a row. The Mallards jumped ahead 2-1 early behind a pair of RBI singles, but Jake Scudder (Iowa Western) turned in a three-hit, two-RBI day to carry the Woodchucks to the win. Zach Arnold (Kentucky) added a pair of RBIs while starter Brian Howard (TCU) went six innings, tying his season-high. He gave up two runs, just one of which was earned, while striking out four. Wisconsin's Brendon Hayden (Virginia Tech) scored twice and his double in the eigth tied the team's career hits record.

Eau Claire 7, Duluth 3

Alex Call drove in three runs and teammate Brian Mundell (Cal Poly) hit a solo home run as the Express slugged 12 hits and downed Duluth, 7-3. Call hit a two-run single in the fourth and added a RBI double as a part of a three-run Eau Claire sixth. Starter Brett Seeburger (San Diego State) went six innings and gave up just two earned runs in what tied for his longest start of the season. He had four strikeouts in his first win of the summer. Eau Claire's Drew Turbin (Dallas Baptist) scored three runs on a 4-4 night to pick up NWL Player of the Night honors.

Alexandria 7, Willmar 6 (12 innings)

Despite the Stingers jumping ahead with a run in the top of te 12th, Alexandria battled back and stayed strong for a come-from-behind walkoff win. Jeremy Hyde (Montavallo) drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the frame to tie it, and then teammate Aaron Gretz (Ohio State) drew a bases loaded walk to end it. Gretz finished with three RBIs, as did teammate Nehwon Norkeh (Angelo St), who hit a crucial three-run home run in the eighth to complete a rally to force extras. Blue Anchor reliever Graylon Brown (Angelo St) gave up a run in the 12th but stillescaped with a win. 

Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 5

Wisconsin Rapids saw their skid hit five as the Growlers scored three runs in four separate innings. Kalamazoo racked up 17 hits and every member of the lineup recorded a RBI. They were led by a two-RBI day from Jesse Puscheck (Cansius), who was one of three Kalamazoo players with a home run. Teammate Jalen Phillips (Duke) added a two-run home run on a three-RBI day, which was tops on the team. Shane Bryant (Purdue) pitched into the sixth and struck out four for his fourth win.

St. Cloud 7, Rochester 5

A three-run top of the ninth erased a deficit as the Rox rallied for a 7-5 come-from-behind win over the Honkers. Boo Vazquez (Pitt) had a two-run, one-out triple to break the tie and Chris Paul (Pitt) drove him in with a single to add an insurance run. Closer Kevin Burgee (Georgia St) picked up a win in relief with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and escaped a jam in the ninth with the tying run at the plate. Rochester's Reid Roper (Illinois) became the franchises all-time hit leader with his 180th in the bottom of the first.

Lakeshore 18, Mankato 5

Lakeshore won their franchise record 10th game in a row in convincing matter, an 18-5 rout of the MoonDogs. They broke their team record they had tied three nights ago as first basemen Ryan Krill (Michigan State) drove in four runs and made a relief appearance while five other teammate drove in two runs. They scored all 18 runs on just two extra base hits, neither of which were home runs. Reliever Mike Letkewicz (Augustana) got the win in relief with three shutout innings as the Chinooks improved to 10-0 over their last ten games.

Kenosha 8, La Crosse 4

Three multi-run innings helped the Kingfish bounce back and snap a one-game losing streak to remain tied with Wisconsin for second place, five games behind red-hot Lakehore. Zach Ratcliff (Ohio State) and Buddy Reed (Florida) both drove in a pair of runs in the win, with Reed racking up three hits. Starter Callahan Brown (UConn) went five innings for the win, giving up just one earned run (two total) on four hits while striking out five and not issuing a walk in his second win, both coming in his lone starts.

Thunder Bay 11, Waterloo 9

After a rain delay, Thunder Bay's Robb Paller (Columbia) hit a clutch grand slam to carry the BorderCats to an 11-9 win. Paller finished with seven RBIs and a pair of home runs- the other a three-run shot as a part of a six-run Thunder Bay second. They jumped ahead 6-1, but Waterloo battled back to tie it in the sixth. The BorderCats and Bucks swapped leads in the sixth and seventh before Paller put them up for good.

Tuesday's Schedule (all games at 7:05 unless otherwise noted)

Waterloo at Thunder Bay (1:35)
Madison at Wisconsin (6:35)
Eau Claire at Duluth (6:35)
Rochester at St. Cloud
Lakeshore at Mankato
La Crosse at Kenosha
Green Bay at Battle Creek
Alexandria at Willmar
Kalamazoo at Wisconsin Rapids
Alexandria at Willmar (9:05)