With a full nine games on Tuesday night's schedule, the Northwoods League saw some thrilling finishes. The Eau Claire Express defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs in 11 innings, while the Duluth Huskies took down the Mankato MoonDogs in 12 innings.
Battle Creek 6, Rockford 0
Three Battle Creek Bombers pitchers combined to shut out the Rockford Rivets in a 6-0 victory Tuesday night on the road. Battle Creek's Josh Prater (Concordia) appeared in five games coming into the matchup and made his first start. He went four innings and allowed five hits and a walk with one strikeout. Krystien Johnson-Battilana (Davenport) picked up the win as he threw three innings of relief and allowed one hit and a walk with a strikeout before Edgar Sanchez (Prairie View A&M) threw two perfect frames to complete the shutout. Bombers Christian Helsel (Penn State) and Cody Sporrer (UC-Riverside) recorded three hits in the game.
Madison 7, Lakeshore 5
The Madison Mallards survived a late-inning rally from the Lakeshore Chinooks to hold on for a 7-5 road victory. Lakeshore took an early lead with a run in the top of the second before the Mallards sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five in the third. Madison added a run in the fifth and the ninth before the Chinooks scored four in the bottom half of the ninth. Trailing by two runs, Lakeshore had runners at first and third with one out but were unable to score and left the two runners stranded. Madison starter Mitchell Kilkenny (Texas A&M) had a solid game with six innings pitched and allowed one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout for the win.
St. Cloud 3, Willmar 2
St. Cloud Rox pitchers limited the Willmar Stingers to just five hits in a 3-2 victory on Tuesday. St. Cloud pitcher Carlo Graffeo (Southeastern Louisiana) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts to pick up the win. Reliever Collin Strall (Louisiana State University) threw the final three innings and did not give up a run with three strikeouts for the save. The Rox broke the tie in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring single hit by Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) to score Drew Freedman (Wake Forest University), who singled and stole second.
Kalamazoo 3, Kenosha 1
In a game that did not feature a whole lot of offense from either side, the Kalamazoo Growlers defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 3-1 on the road. Both teams combined for four runs on just nine hits. Growlers' starter Grant Wolfram (Central Michigan) earned the win, as he threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Austin Rodesky (Findlay) finished the rest of the game in relief and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts to pick up the save. Kalamazoo scored two in the top of the seventh, and Kenosha scored its lone run in the bottom half of the inning. The Growlers added an insurance run in the ninth for the 3-1 victory.
Thunder Bay 5, Rochester 3
The Thunder Bay Border Cats led from start to finish against the Rochester Honkers on Tuesday night for a 5-3 victory. Thunder Bay scored two right away in the top of the first inning and extended its lead to four with a run in the fourth and fifth. Rochester scored its first run in the bottom half of the fifth with two to cut the lead in half. The Border Cats added an insurance run in the seventh. The Honkers scored one in the eighth, but it was not enough to beat Thunder Bay. Border Cats' starter Jordan Thompson (Ridgewater College) threw seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Wisconsin Rapids 7, Wisconsin 6
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters survived a late-inning rally to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 7-6 on Tuesday night. Wisconsin Rapids held a 7-1 advantage before the Woodchucks scored five in the seventh to cut the deficit to one. Wisconsin put the first batter on base in the eighth and ninth innings but was unable to put a run across. Each team recorded two home runs in the game. Joe Wainhouse (Washinton) and Scott Kapers (Valparaiso) each hit home runs for Wisconsin Rapids, while Steve Passatempo (UMass Lowell) and Chad Fleischman (Lamar University) homered for the Woodchucks.
Duluth 6, Mankato 5
The Duluth Huskies defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 6-5 on the road Tuesday night in 12 innings. Trailing 5-3 after six innings, Duluth scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5, which was the final scoring play until the top of the 12th. Austin Bernard (Pepperdine) singled to lead off the 12th and advanced to second on a sacrifice. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error to give the Huskies the 6-5 advantage. The MoonDogs had a runner at first base in the bottom half of the inning but were unable to score for the loss.
Waterloo 8, La Crosse 6
After giving up six runs in the first two innings, Waterloo Bucks pitching settled down, and they defeated the La Crosse Loggers 8-6 on Tuesday. There was a flurry of scoring from both sides early in the game. La Crosse scored four in the first and two in the second, while the Bucks scored three in the first, one in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth. Waterloo extended its lead to two with a run in the seventh. Bucks' designated hitter Adam McGinnis (Western Illinois) knocked in five runs in the game and finished 2-for-5 at the plate and scored two runs with a three-run home run in the first inning.
Eau Claire 8, Green Bay 5
The Eau Claire Express outlasted the Green Bay Bullfrogs 8-5 in 11 innings of play on Tuesday night on the road. With a 4-4 tie heading into the top of the 11th inning, Eau Claire broke the tie and scored four runs to take an 8-4 advantage. Green Bay had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom half of the inning but was only able to score one run. Both teams hit the ball well, as Green Bay recorded 13 hits, while Eau Claire had 12. The Bullfrogs had chances but left 12 runners on base in the game. Mickey McDonald (UI-Chicago) hit 3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI for the Express.
Madison @ Rockford (11:00 AM) – Game 1
Rockford @ Madison (7:05 PM) – Game 2
La Crosse @ Waterloo (11:05 AM) – Game 1
Waterloo @ La Crosse (7:05 PM) – Game 2
Wisconsin @ Green Bay (11:35 AM) – Game 1
Green Bay @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM) – Game 2
Thunder Bay @ Duluth (12:00 PM) – Game 1
Thunder Bay @ Duluth (6:35 PM) – Game 2
Rochester @ Mankato (12:05 PM) – Game 1
Mankato @ Rochester (7:05 PM) – Game 2
Wisconsin Rapids @ Eau Claire (1:05 PM) – Game 1
Wisconsin Rapids @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM) – Game 2
St. Cloud @ Willmar (1:05 PM) – Game 1
St. Cloud @ Willmar (7:05 PM) – Game 2