Several games went down to the wire in the Northwoods League on Father's Day Sunday. St. Cloud improved its winning streak to six games, which is currently the longest active streak in the league. With a lot of back-and-forth matchups, there were a few lopsided games as well with Green Bay and Willmar. St. Cloud in a full slate of nine games on Sunday afternoon and evening.
St. Cloud 6, Duluth 3
The St. Cloud Rox extended their winning streak to six games with another victory over the Duluth Huskies 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. Logan Salow (University of Kentucky) pitched a solid game for the Rox, as he went 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season in three starts. The Rox took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run from Brandon Benson (Georgia College). St. Cloud centerfielder TJ Friedl (Nevada-Reno) hit 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, as the Rox improved to 13-6.
Willmar 11, Rochester 3
The Willmar Stingers had a big day at the plate in an 11-3 victory to sweep the Rochester Honkers and win their third straight game. Willmar recorded 13 hits in the game and drew 11 walks. The Stingers scored 11 runs but scored in just two innings with a four-run top of the first to get things started, followed by a seven-run sixth. Willmar shortstop Brandon Perez (Southern California) hit 3-for-5 with a run batted in, and rightfielder Justin Toerner (Cal State Northridge) finished 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored, as the Stingers boosted their record to 9-10.
Wisconsin 3, Lakeshore 2
The Lakeshore Chinooks scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 2, but the Wisconsin Woodchucks won in the 10th inning to win 3-2 on Sunday. With Wisconsin ahead 2-1 in the ninth, Lakeshore's Darius Sewell (Georgia State) scored on an error by pitcher Gordon Cardenas (Auburn University) to tie the game and send it to the 10th inning. In the top half of the inning with two outs, Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) scored on a wild pitch, which turned out to be the game-winning run. Woodchucks' starter Devin Skapura (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) allowed one run over seven innings of work and allowed just one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts in a no decision.
Rockford 7, Battle Creek 6
The Rockford Rivets pulled off an incredible come-from-behind victory with a 7-6 win against the Battle Creek Bombers. The Bombers held a 6-0 lead after six innings, but the Rivets scored seven unanswered runs to end the game. Rockford got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the seventh, followed by three in the eighth and three in the ninth. Michael Smith hit a two-run double to tie the game at 6 in the ninth, and Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri State) scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch with two outs. The Rivets scored seven runs despite recording just three hits in the game. Battle Creek committed two errors, allowed seven walks, two hit-by-pitches, six wild pitches, and Rockford swiped seven bases.
Kalamazoo 5, Wisconsin Rapids 3
The Kalamazoo Growlers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break the tie and defeat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 5-3. With one out in the eighth, Brandon Gomez (Nova Southeastern) singled to plate a pair of runs, which gave the Growlers the 5-3 lead. The Rafters had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth, but Austin Rodesky (Findlay) got Jake Lumley (Canisius) to fly out and struck out Joey Morgan (Washington). Though he allowed nine hits, Kalamazoo starter Jacob Piechota (Western Michigan) allowed three runs with no walks and two strikeouts. He had a no decision in the game.
Green Bay 9, Madison 2
The Green Bay Bullfrogs dominated the Madison Mallards from the start in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at home. The Bullfrogs were aided by home runs hit by Jonah Davis (University of California) and Laren Eustace (Indiana University). Green Bay starter Austin Hancock (Lenoir Rhyne University) pitched a brilliant game in a win, as he threw seven scoreless innings on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts to improve to 1-2 on the season and lower his earned run average to 0.78 in four starts. The Bullfrogs improved their record to 7-13, while the Mallards dropped to 13-7.
Waterloo 9, Thunder Bay 8
The Waterloo Bucks outdueled the Thunder Bay Border Cats 9-8 in a big offensive battle on Sunday. With the game tied at 5 after six innings, Thunder Bay grabbed the lead with a run in the top of the sixth, but Waterloo scored four in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Adam McGinnis (Western Illinois) to give the Bucks a 9-6 advantage. The Border Cats scored a run in the eighth and another in the ninth but left the tying run at second base to end the game. Waterloo is currently sitting in first place of the North Division with a 14-5 record, while Thunder Bay fell to 1-18.
Mankato 9, Eau Claire 4
The Mankato MoonDogs rallied to defeat the Eau Claire Express 9-4 on the road. The game was tied at 4 after the first five innings, but the MoonDogs scored three in the sixth and added two insurance runs in the eighth for the five-run victory. Mankato rightfielder David Metzgar (Cal State Bakersfield) hit a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Mankato starter Reese Eddins (Nebraska) earned the victory and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work for his first win of the season.
Kenosha 9, La Crosse 6
The Kenosha Kingfish rallied in the top of the ninth to take down the La Crosse Loggers 9-6 in La Crosse. Going into the ninth inning with the game tied at 6, the Kingfish scored on a RBI groundout from Pat McInerney (University of Illinois), followed by run-scoring singles hit by Nick Kanavas (Madison College) and Mason Fishback (New Mexico State). Ryan Orr (Kalamazoo) picked up the win for the Kingfish with three scoreless innings in relief. Kenosha improved to 8-12, while the Loggers dropped to 12-8 on the season.
Kalamazoo @ Battle Creek (11:05 AM)
Battle Creek @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Lakeshore (11:35 AM)
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
Mankato @ Willmar (6:05 PM)
Mankato @ Willmar (7:05 PM)