Impressive Pitching Friday Night in NWL Play

A shutout and multiple impressive pitching performances highlighted Friday night's action in the Northwoods League.

Thunder Bay 4, Wisconsin 2

The Wisconsin Woodchucks split their series with the Thunder Bay Border Cats after losing 4-2 at Port Arthur Stadium Friday night. Jared Oliva led off the ballgame with a double. He moved over to third on a Ty Black fielder’s choice and then scored on a groundout from Yusuke Akitoshi. Thunder Bay tied the contest in the fourth inning as Tyler Green scored Penn Murfee with a single to right center field. The Border Cats added two more runs in the sixth – one of which was unearned – to take a 3-1 lead. The Woodchucks chopped the lead in half in the seventh. Albee Weiss walked and Connor Heady doubled to put runners at second and third for Mason Fishback. Weiss was tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, but Fishback then hit a double to score Heady.The Border Cats answered with a run of their own in the seventh, extending their edge to 4-2. The Chucks went down quietly in the eighth and ninth to end the ballgame.

Duluth 10, St. Cloud 4

After trading two-run innings early, the Huskies would score the game's final 8 runs, multiples in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, to split the series with St. Cloud. Duluth 1B Justin Paulsen was 4-for-5 with 3 RBI to lead the Huskies. Duluth CF Cal Stevenson went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with two walks. Bo Hellquist improved to 5-1 on the year with the win for the Huskies. 

Lakeshore 3, La Crosse 2

Lakeshore scored two in the first and held the Loggers to single runs in the 2nd and 4th before the Chinooks added the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Lakeshore starting pitcher Lake Bachar went eight strong innings allowing two runs and striking out eight. Kevin Flemer pitched well in a no-decision for the Loggers as he allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out nine. La Crosse designated hitter Brock Lundquist went 2 for 4 with his second homerun of the season.

Willmar 3, Rochester 1

Willmar notched single runs in the 1st, 6th and 7th to defeat Rochester 3-1. Willmar second baseman Brian Pruett led the charge for the Stingers going 2 for 3 with his third homerun of the season. Rochester was led by catcher Slade Heggen who hit his first homerun of the year. Willmar starter Kiko Garcia went eight innings allowing one run and striking out four. Matt Fielder pitched well in the loss for the Honkers. He allowed three runs over seven innings while striking out five.

Alexandria 3, Waterloo 0

Alexandria continued their winning ways in the second half by shutting out Waterloo 3-0. Thomas Watson went seven innings for the Blue Anchors and allowed only four hits for the win. Luke Pettersen had two hits in four trips to the plate for the Blue Anchors and Marks, Fearing and Merrigan each had one RBI a piece. Waterloo starter Brian Drapeau went 6.1 innings allowing three runs while striking out four.

Wisconsin Rapids 6, Battle Creek 4

The Rafters led 4-0 after the top of the fourth inning before the Bombers tacked on four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Rafters would then score two in the top of the 8th inning and their pitching staff would hold the Bombers scoreless for the last four innings for the win. Ryan Cleveland went 2 for 4 with a homerun and two RBI for the Rafters. Battle Creek was paced by shortstop Lin Li's two hit performance. 

Green Bay 12, Kalamazoo 7

After Kalamazoo scored three in the top of the 2nd inning the Bullfrogs answered by putting up seven in their half of the 2nd. Kalamazoo added four in the top of the 4th but the Bullfrogs answered back with one run in their frame of the the 4th. The Bullfrogs added another three runs in the 5th and one more in the 8th for the 12-7 victory. Kory Young went 2 for 4 with three RBI for the Growlers in the loss. The Bullfrogs were led by Brian Celsi and Jack Strunc. These two Bullfrogs each had three hits and Strunc added a homerun.  

Kenosha 14, Madison 5

Kenosha scored pairs of runs in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th innings before adding sixth runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to blowout the Mallards. Kenosha received homeruns from Jake Scholl (2), Jeremy Vasquez and Pat McInerney. T.J. Nichting added four hits for the Kingfish and CF Eric Filia went 3 for 6 with three RBI. Anthony Gonsolin was the leading hitter for the Mallards. Gonsolin went 3 for 4 with a homerun and two RBI.

Mankato 5, Eau Claire 4

After a back and forth game that saw the Express tie the game in the top of the ninth inning the MoonDogs rallied with three hits in the bottom of the ninth with Kaden Moore scoring Kyle Weston to win the game for Mankato. Moore and Weston each had three hits on the night to lead the MoonDogs. Eau Claire received two hit performances from Kyle Marinconz, Teddy Cillis and Sam Hurt. 


Saturday's Games

Battle Creek at Madison – 6:05

Lakeshore at La Crosse – 6:05

Green Bay at Kenosha – 6:05

St. Cloud at Rochester – St. Cloud is the home team – 6:05

Alexandria at Mankato – 6:05

Wisconsin at Duluth – 6:35

Thunder Bay at Willmar – 7:05

Wisconsin Rapids at Kalamazoo – 7:05

St. Cloud at Rochester – Game 2 – 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1

Eau Claire at Waterloo – 7:05

Thunder Bay at Willmar – Game 2 – 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1