Three Walk-offs Highlight Saturday’s Action

One of the most moments in the game of baseball is watching a player round third and score the game-winning run. The Northwoods League saw three of theses cases on Saturday night with walk-off victories for Battle Creek, La Crosse and Duluth.

Waterloo 5, Thunder Bay 2

The Waterloo Bucks defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 5-2 at the home on Saturday night. Waterloo scored one in the top of the first inning and another in the second to take a 2-0 advantage. Thunder Bay scored its first run of the game with a solo homer from Shane Shepard (North Carolina State) to lead off the bottom of the third for his second consecutive day with a home run. The Bucks answered with two in the fifth to make it a 4-1 game. Thunder Bay came back with one in the bottom half of the inning, and Waterloo scored the final run in the game in the eighth. Bucks' Tyler Curtis (Lynn University) hit 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.

Kenosha 9, Kalamazoo 4

The Kenosha Kingfish rallied for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the lead and defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 9-4 at home. Kalamazoo scored four in the top of the first to take an early 4-0 lead. Kenosha chipped away at the lead with a run in the second, third and sixth innings to cut the lead to one. Trailing 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Kingfish sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs, five of which were unearned. Cole Erickson (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) earned the win for Kenosha with seven innings and allowed four runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Battle Creek 7, Mankato 6

The Battle Creek Bombers came back from a four-run deficit and won in a walk-off victory by a score of 7-6 over the Mankato MoonDogs. Battle Creek scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to open up the scoring, but Mankato came back with four in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 6-2 advantage. In the bottom of the sixth, the Bombers scored three and added another in the seventh to tie the game at six. Still tied going into the bottom of the ninth, Battle Creek loaded the bases with one out, and Cody Sporrer (UC-Riverside) grounded into a fielder's choice, and Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) scored from third for the win.

La Crosse 7, Willmar 6

The La Crosse Loggers came back from a five-run deficit, scored two in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings and walked off with a run in the bottom of the 10th for a 7-6 victory over the Willmar Stingers. Willmar began the scoring with a three-run homer in the top of the first from Danny Mayer (Pacific), and the Stingers scored two more in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. The Logger scored two in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the eighth. Willmar added one in the ninth before La Crosse scored two to tie it up at six. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Lorenzo Hampton Jr. hit a sacrifice bunt, and Justin Wylie (San Diego State) was able to score all the way from first base. He advanced to second on the bunt, and nobody was covering third base or home plate, as he scored the winning run.

Green Bay 3, Wisconsin Rapids 2

The Green Bay Bullfrogs scored two runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning for a 3-2 win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Saturday night. Green Bay scored the first run in the bottom of the first, and Wisconsin Rapids scored twice in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead. The Bullfrogs scored two more in the bottom of the seventh for the final scoring of the game in a 3-2 final score. Green Bay starter Chad Mabini (Western Carolina University) threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on six hits and zero walks with four strikeouts in a no decision.

Madison 11, Wisconsin 1

The Madison Mallards blew out the Wisconsin Woodchucks 11-1 on Saturday night at home. Madison outhit Wisconsin 14-6 in the victory, and seven players in the Mallards' lineup recorded at least one hit. Madison designated hitter Bryce Carter (Stanford) finished 3-for-5 at the plate with five RBI and two runs scored. Shortstop Nico Hoerner (Stanford) hit 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Mallards' starter Mike Reitcheck (Penn) picked up the win and allowed one run on four hits and no walks with one strikeout over five innings of work.

Duluth 9, Eau Claire 8

The Duluth Huskies tied the game at eighth and scored again in the ninth for a walk-off win over the Eau Claire Express by a score of 9-8 on Saturday night. Eau Claire scored five runs in the top of the first inning, and the Huskies cut the lead to one with two in the third and two more in the fourth. The Express scored three in the top of the sixth to make it a four-run game, and Duluth came back again. Liam Sabino (Vanderbilt) scored on a passed ball in the eighth to tie the game at eighth. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Casey Moses (Texas Wesleyan) singled for the game-winning hit.

Rockford 5, Lakeshore 4

The Rockford Rivets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and held on to beat the Lakeshore Chinooks 5-4 on Saturday. With the game tied at three, Rockford scored twice in the seventh to take a 5-3 advantage, and Lakeshore cut the lead to one with a run-scoring single in the eighth, which was the final scoring play of the game. Jake Perkins (Chicago State) threw five scoreless innings in relief and allowed just one hit and struck out three. Kacey Murphy (Arkansas) threw two innings and allowed one run and struck out two batters to pick up the save.

St. Cloud 6, Rochester 2

The Rochester Honkers scored the first two runs of the game, but the St. Cloud Rox scored six unanswered runs for a 6-2 victory on Saturday night. Shelby Lackey (University of the Pacific) picked up the win for St. Cloud, as he threw six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Rox third baseman Brandon Benson (Georgia College) hit 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored with a home run in the victory.

Sunday's Schedule

Willmar @ Rochester (1:05 PM)

Rockford @ Battle Creek (3:05 PM)

Eau Claire @ Waterloo (3:35 PM)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Kenosha (4:05 PM)

Wisconsin @ Thunder Bay (5:05 PM)

Madison @ Kalamazoo (5:05 PM)

Green Bay @ Lakeshore (5:05 PM)

La Crosse @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)

Duluth @ Mankato (6:05 PM)