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Woodchucks pull ahead of Kenosha on Saturday

Wisconsin downed Kenosha for their third win in a row, which pulled them into a tie for 2nd place in the Southern Division. More importantly, the Woodchucks jumped a game ahead of the Kingfish overall on the season to jump ahead a game in the race for the second Southern Division playoff berth. Willmar also picked up their fourth straight win.

Lakeshore 7, Kalamazoo 4 (Game 1)

Lakeshore pulled within five games of the NWL single season wins record (51) with their 46th win of the season, a 7-4 victory over Kalmazoo to snap a four-game skid, their longest of the season. After being swept in back-to-back series, Lakeshore jumped ahead 5-0 in the first and never looked back to win the first of two. Mike Letkewicz (Augustana) went five innings and gave up just three earned runs while striking out four while Andrew Elliot (Wright St) picked up his 12th save. Michael Morman (Valparaiso) went 2-3 with a home run and three RBIs. 

Rochester 3, Thunder Bay 1 (Game 1)

Thunder Bay scored their lone run in the first inning and the Honkers scored runs in three seperate innings to pull away and erase an early deficit. Three different Rochester hitters drove in runs and Spencer Greer (Western NV CC) went the distance for his fifth win. He gave up just one run on four hits while he striking out two. 

Kalamazoo 1, Lakeshore 0 (Game 2)

Any momentum Lakeshore had after the first game quickly dissapeared as Kalamazoo blanked the Chinooks for their fourth loss in the past five games. A lone RBI single from Grant Van Putten (Calvin Col), the team's No. 9 hitter, was the difference. The Growlers split the start between Joshua Buchalski (Michigan St) and Jacob Trejo (USC-Sumter), both relievers. They combined to allow just four hits while striking out seven, with Trejo picking up his first win. Will Headean (Illinois St) went the distance for Lakeshore, allowing just one run whole striking out seven.

La Crosse 6, Madison 1

A four run seventh carried La Crosse to an easy 6-1 win handing Madion their seventh loss in their past ten games. Ty Provencher (Long Beach St) went seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits while striking out four. The Loggers bullpen gave up a lone run but they had more then enough of a cushion. Kevin Zak (Grand Valley St) picked up a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for La Crosse.

Willmar 7, Mankato 6

Willmar pushed their win streak to four as they used a two-run sixth to break a 5-5 tie and pull away for the win. Stingers reliever Matt Geislinger (MSU-Mankato) gave up just one run over the last five innings in his longest relief appearnce of the summer. Geislinger struck out four and helped boost Willmar to the win. Brian Pruett (FGCU) hit a solo home run and teamamte Jack Ross (Pepperdine) went 2-2 with two walks and drove in a trio of runs.

Green Bay 8, Wisconsin Rapids 3

Wisconsin Rapids left 10 runners on base and scratched across just three runs, falling 8-3 at the hands of Green Bay. Brian Celsi (California) went 3-5 for the Bullfrogs and added a home run and a double on a three RBI night. Starter Mike Ellenbest (Saginaw Valley St) went five innings and allowed eight hits and three runs, but just one of them was earned. 

Wisconsin 4, Kenosha 2

The red-hot Kingfish were tamed by the equally hot Woodchucks as Wisconsin jumped ahead in the race for the second Southern division playoff berth with a 4-2 win. Paul DeJong (Illinois St) powered the Woodchucks offense with a three-run home run, his 17th of the season. It was the difference maker, as starter Matt Lambert (Illinois St)- DeJong's college teammate- held Kenosha to just two runs over five innings. The bullpen locked it down, including Austin Tribby (Missouri) recording his fourth straight save.

Thunder Bay 6, Rochester 3 (Game 2)

Thunder Bay bounced back to pick up a doubleheader split with Rochester in a 6-3 win. Robb Paller (Columbia) went 2-4 with a double and drove in three runs to carry the BorderCats, while Devin McLemore (Winston Salem St) picked up his second win in the row. McLemore went 3 1/3 innings and gave up just one run while striking out three. Jordan Serana (Columbia), Paller's colege teammate, went 2-4 with a double and finished with a pair of RBIs. 

Duluth 12, Alexandria 2

Alexandria led 2-0 through seven innings as starter Sean Stuzman (Dallas Baptist) was crusing before Duluth erupted for 12 runs over the eighth and ninth to rout the Blue Anchros. Stutzman was charged five runs, just one of which was earned as he was chased before recording an out in the eighth. They finished with seven runs in the eighth, five more in the ninth and rode a three-RBI performance from Nolan Rogers (Vanderbilt). 

In Progress: Waterloo/Battle Creek (8th)

Postponed: St. Cloud/Eau Claire to August 3rd, 5:05 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule:

Duluth at Alexandria (1:05)
Thunder Bay at Rochester (1:05)
Battle Creek at Waterloo (3:35)
Eau Claire at St. Cloud (5:05)
Madison at La Crosse (5:050
Wisconsin Rapids at Green Bay (5:05)
Kalamazoo at Lakeshore (5:05)
Kenosha at Wisconsin (5:05)
Willmar at Mankato (6:05)
Eau Claire at St. Cloud (7:05)