Published On: July 4th, 2016

Several games came down to the final at-bat on Sunday in a full nine-game slate of Northwoods League action. The Green Bay Bullfrogs and Kenosha Kingfish each came away with wild, walk-off victories. Also, with just a few more days left in the first half of the season, Madison came up big in a win over St. Cloud in a game that has big ramifications for the playoffs.

Duluth 13, Rochester 8

The Duluth Huskies pounded out 17 hits and defeated the Rochester Honker 13-8 on Saturday afternoon on the road. Duluth centerfielder and leadoff hitter Daniel Amaral (UCLA) reached base in all six plate appearances. He hit 5-for-5 at the plate with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI in the win. Reid Long (Troy) finished 2-for-5 with a walk and connected on a pair of solo home runs. Rochester shortstop Thomas Jacob Thomas (UC Davis) hit 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the loss. The Huskies improved to 16-17 on the season, while Rochester fell to 7-26 overall.

Kalamazoo 4, Wisconsin Rapids 1

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters took an early 1-0 lead, but the Kalamazoo Growlers scored a pair of runs in the fourth and sixth innings for a 4-1 victory. In the top of the second inning, Wisconsin Rapids first baseman Ben Fisher (Eastern Kentucky) singled to score the first run of the game. Kalamazoo took the lead in the top of the fourth with back-to-back home runs from Jordan Verdon (San Diego State) and Nick Hutchins (Southern Illinois) to lead off the inning. The Growlers added two more in the sixth to make it a three-run lead. Kevin Marnon (Ball State) picked up the victory, allowing one run on four hits and six walks with five strikeouts in six innings.s

Eau Claire 2, Waterloo 0

The Eau Claire Express shut out the Waterloo Bucks 2-0 at home on Sunday afternoon. Eau Claire starter Ryan Hamilton (Augustana) earned the victory, throwing six scoreless innings and allowed five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Kenny Ogg (Ohio) threw two scoreless innings in relief before Christian Tripp (New Mexico) locked down the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) was the only Express player to record multiple hits. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate with the first run scored of the game in the third inning.

Kenosha 4, Rockford 3

The Kenosha Kingfish fell behind in the ninth and wound up with a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Rockford Rivets on Sunday. With the game tied at two after eight innings, Cory Wright (Parkland CC) hit a sacrifice fly to give Rockford the 3-2 advantage. In the bottom half of the ninth, Kenosha began the inning with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt and a single to put runners at the corners. With two outs, Blake Reese (Florida) singled to score a run. Nick Kanavas (Madison College) reached on an error to first base, and Cal Jadacki (St. Josephs University) scored from third for the win.

Madison 8, St. Cloud 5

The Madison Mallards broke the tie with a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 8-5 on Sunday at home. Madison scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage before St. Cloud tied the game at 5 with a run in the seventh. With one out and runners at first and third, Bryce Carter (Stanford) connected on a three-run home run to give the Mallards an 8-5 lead. Carter finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and a pair of runs scored. St. Cloud remains a half-game ahead in the North Division, while Madison trails by two games in he South.

Willmar 6, Thunder Bay 5

The Willmar Stingers survived a last-inning rally from the Thunder Bay Border Cats in a 6-5 victory on Sunday.  Willmar held a 6-1 victory after the top of the fifth before Thunder Bay cut the lead to four with a run in the bottom of the fifth. The score remained 6-2 until the bottom of the ninth when the Border Cats scored three runs to cut the lead to one. Every run in the ninth was scored after two outs, capped off by a two-run home run hit by Anthony Brocato (St. Johns University), and a flyout to centerfield ended the game.

Lakeshore 6, Battle Creek 5

The Lakeshore Chinooks came back from a three-run deficit and held on to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 6-5 on the road on Sunday. Battle Creek jumped out to a 3-0 advantage with two runs in the first and one in the third. Lakeshore responded with two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and another in the seventh to make it a 6-3 game. With a man on and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Battle Creek's Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) connected on his seventh home run of the season to cut the deficit to one. The Bombers did not put a base runner on in the rest of the inning in the loss.

La Crosse 6, Mankato 2

The La Crosse Loggers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and took down the Mankato MoonDogs 6-2 at home on Sunday night. La Crosse scored two in the first, three in the second and one in the third for a six-run deficit, and Mankato scored its two runs in the top of the seventh, which was not enough to beat the Loggers. La Crosse starter Mitch Stalsberg (Winona State) threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Griffin Conine (Duke) hit a three-run home run in the second for the Loggers, who improved to 17-17 on the season.

Green Bay 8, Wisconsin 7

The Green Bay Bullfrogs defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 8-7 in a walk-off victory in 11 innings on Sunday night. With the game tied at 7 in the bottom of the 11th, Green Bay's Austin Clemons (University of Louisville) reached on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice. With runners at first and second with two outs, Matthew Hoeg (Iowa Western Community College) singled, and Clemons scored from second to give the Bullfrogs the victory. Bullfrogs' Jonah Davis (University of California) hit his fifth homer of the season and hit 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks, three runs scored and two RBI.

Monday's Schedule

St. Cloud @ Rockford (12:00 PM)

Willmar @ Duluth (1:05 PM)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Duluth (2:05 PM)

Kenosha @ Green Bay (3:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Eau Claire (6:05 PM)

Rochester @ Waterloo (6:05 PM) – Game 1

Rochester @ Waterloo (7:05 PM) – Game 2

Thunder Bay @ Mankato (6:05 PM)

Madison @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Lakeshore @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)

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