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MoonDogs walk-off for second straight night, Bombers sweep Loggers.

In back-to-back nights, the Mankato MoonDogs walked off against Lakeshore, entering the 9th inning tied and walking away victorious with game-winners. In a shocking result, the Bombers swept La Crosse, handing the Loggers a shocking two straight losses. Kenosha remains their status of the best team in the league, extending their win streak to six games, sweeping Wisconsin at home. 

 

Thunder Bay 4, St. Cloud 3 (16 Innings)

After St. Cloud jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, Thunder Bay battled back to tie the game, which then resulted in eleven straight scoreless innings between both squads, with the Border Cats walking off in the bottom of the 16th, improving to 10-15. Grant McKown (Florida Tech) plated the game winning run, scoring on a wild pitch, leading to a celebratory victory, and snapping St. Cloud’s four game win streak. Thunder Bay’s Joe Gellenbeck (Xavier) reached base an outstanding six times, going 4-for-5 with two walks, leading his team’s offense. Starter Juliet Loret de Mola (Nova Southeastern) earned his fourth victory, throwing a scoreless 16th inning, and being rewarded by the game-winner. The Rox remain at the top of the North, holding a three game lead over second place, and were led tonight by Connor Crane (McNeese State) hitting his fourth home run of the year, finishing with three RBIs.

Madison 6, Kalamazoo 1

The Mallards eased their way to the series sweep over Kalamazoo, holding the Growlers to just one run over both games, and moving into 3 ½ games out of first place. Catcher Jason Goldstein (Illinois) had a stellar night at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBIs and hitting his third home run of the season. Taking the mound for his first start as a Mallard, Spencer Goebel (Spring Arbor) was fantastic, throwing five scoreless innings, allowing just a pair of hits and striking out two, moving to 1-0. Kalamazoo’s outfielder John Soteropulos (California) was the only Growler bat to make an impact, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, as the Growlers slid back to 6-21 in the second half.

Duluth 8, Rochester 1

Duluth bounced back from their narrow loss at the hands of Rochester the night before, as they received a terrific effort from both their pitching and hitting, taking the series finale. The Huskies were led by a trio of Alex Wojciechowski (Minnesota-Duluth), Jimmy Heck (Minnesota-Duluth), and Colton Waltner (San Diego) who each recorded two-hits, while combining for four runs and two RBIs. Starter Ryan Tapani (St. Olaf) held the Honkers lineup in check, giving up a run over six innings, two hits and struck out six, and earned his third victory of the year. Rochester’s Dempsey Grover (UC-Santa Barbara) recorded his first home run, going 2-for-4, while his team faltered into seventh place, winning just three of their last ten contests.

Willmar 6, Alexandria 3

After totaling a league-high amount of runs for a single ballgame last night, it was a stellar pitching performance that headlined the series sweep of Alexandria. Kiko Garcia (Pepperdine) tossed a complete game in the win, allowing two earned runs, six hits, and struck out a batter, as he remains perfect on the year at 3-0. Catcher Troy Dixon (St. John’s) propelled his team offensively, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, giving him 23 on the year. Alexandria’s All-Star outfielder Josh Merrigan (North Carolina) went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, giving him a team high 36, and after beginning the second half with such promise, the Blue Anchors have begun to falter, sitting five games out of first place at 13-12.

Battle Creek 8, La Crosse 3

The Bombers jumped out to an early lead, and coasted to victory, taking a surprising series sweep of La Crosse, and moving to 8-17. Dre Gleason (Austin Peay) and Lin Li (Taiwan) both totaled three hits on the night, while Matt Simmons (Gardner-Webb) broke out of a mini-slump, hitting his second homer of the year and knocking in three runs. Battle Creek’s starter Nick Medeiros (Santa Clara) was lights out off the mound, throwing 6 1/3 innings, giving up all three runs (one earned), six hits and struck out a batter, en route to collecting his first win of the season. Loggers’ Brock Lundquist (Long Beach State) went 3-for-4, recording his 38th RBI in the loss, as La Crosse fell 3 ½ games out of first place in the division.

Mankato 2, Lakeshore 1

After celebrating a walk off victory on Monday night, the MoonDogs provided another night filled with late-inning heroics, hitting another game winner in the bottom of the 9th inning, sweeping the Chinooks. Mankato’s star Paul Panaccione (Grand Canyon) was the hero of the night, as his only hit of the game scored leadoff man Christoph Bono (UCLA), carrying his team to their fifth consecutive victory. Reliever Kyle Goodbrand (Saddleback C.C.) tossed a scoreless 9th inning, striking out a batter and received his third win as result of the walk off win. Lakeshore’s Greg Deichmann (LSU) was the lone Chinooks batter to supply the offense, hitting a solo home run, giving him two of the season, while they fell to 11-18.

Wisconsin Rapids 3, Green Bay 1

Wisconsin Rapids received a stellar pitching performance from their starter Jake Johansmeier (Eastern Illinois), leading to a series sweep of Green Bay on the road. Johansmeier controlled the game throughout, tossing eight innings, allowing a run on five hits, fanning five batters and improving to 6-1. Catcher Bryce Jordan (LSU) went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Ernie Clement (Virginia) provided two hits and two runs to the winning effort. Green Bay’s Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville) was the only batter to make a difference offensively; going 1-for-4 with an RBI double, as Green Bay has really began to struggle, dropping their fourth straight game.

Eau Claire 15, Waterloo 4

Eau Claire pulled away with a ten-run 9th inning, taking both games of the their road series in Waterloo, boosting their record to 12-13. A trio of Express batters carried their team tonight, as Tyler Adkison (San Diego State), Brady Burzynski (UW-Stout), and Austin Listi (Dallas Baptist) combining for ten RBIs and six hits. Ryan Schlosser (Century C.C.) entered out of bullpen, throwing four shut out innings of relief, giving up just three hits and struck out three, earning his first win. Waterloo’s Tyler Selesky (Florida Gulf Coast) extended his hit streak to a league leading eleven games, going 2-for-3 with three walks, as the Bucks fell to 8th place at 11-13 in the second half.

Kenosha 8, Wisconsin 6

The Northwoods League’s best team continues to roll over seemingly any team hat faces them, as they needed three runs in the 6th inning to defeat Wisconsin and win their sixth straight ballgame. Jeremy Vasquez (Florida) and Alex Borglin (Central Michigan) totaled five RBIs together, being the instrumental parts behind the series sweep. Kenosha’s star reliever Ryan Orr (Kalamazoo College) tossed 2 1/3 innings out of the pen, giving up three hits and striking out three as he improved his record to a dazzling 3-0. Wisconsin’s Owen Taylor (Kansas) went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in the loss, as the Chucks have lost their four straight game.

 

Wednesday’s Schedule

Wisconsin @ Green Bay 11:35/7:05 AM (Doubleheader)

Rochester @ Waterloo 12:05/7:05 PM (Doubleheader)

Willmar @ Alexandria 12:05/7:05 PM (Doubleheader)

Mankato @ St. Cloud 12:05/7:05 PM (Doubleheader)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Eau Claire 1:05/7:05 PM (Doubleheader)

Duluth @ Thunder Bay 1:35/7:05 PM (Doubleheader)

Kenosha @ Lakeshore 6:35 PM