Published On: July 15th, 2016

With the Northwoods League All-Star Game coming up early next week, teams are trying to get on a role and carry some momentum in to the break. One team that is currently doing that is the Mankato MoonDogs, who have won five consecutive games, including another win on Thursday night against St. Cloud.

Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 1

The Green Bay Bullfrogs used four pitchers to limit the Wisconsin Woodchucks to one run in a 4-1 victory on Thursday night on the road. Andrew Mahoney (Mississippi State) started the game and threw five innings. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts and finished with the victory. Jeremy Graf (Flagler College) struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning for the save. Bullfrogs' Hill Alexander (Midland College) hit 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and second baseman Matthew Hoeg (Iowa Western Community College) knocked in four runs.

Rockford 7, Madison 3

The Rockford Rivets defeated the Madison Mallards 7-3 on Thursday night on the road. Rockford first baseman Hunter Hargrove (Texas Tech) had a huge day at the plate. He reached base on all five plate appearances with four hits and a walk, and he hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning with five RBI on the night. Rivets' starting pitcher Tyler Thornton (Tennessee Wesleyan) threw seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts to pick up the victory. Rockford improved to 6-3 in the second half, which is first place in the South Division.

Rochester 9, Kalamazoo 8

The Rochester Honkers had a pair of four-run innings in a 9-8 home win over the Kalamazoo Growlers. Kalamazoo scored five runs in the second and one in the third to take a 6-1 early advantage. Rochester cut the lead to one in the bottom of the third with a four-run inning, capped off by a two-run homer from Alex Fitchett (Hawaii) for his seventh home run of the season. The Growlers scored a run in the fourth and another in the fifth before the Honkers scored four in the bottom of the sixth to take their first lead of the game 9-8. Josh Davis (Pepperdine) homered in the inning with another two-run shot, as Rochester won the game.

Lakeshore 4, Kenosha 3

The Kenosha Kingfish scored late to tie the game and force extra innings, but the Lakeshore Chinooks came away with the 10th-inning 4-3 victory on the road. Lakeshore ahead 3-0 going into the bottom of the eighth, Kenosha scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth to tie the game at three. In the top of the 10th, Lakeshore designated hitter Cody Ducote (LSU) singled to score Zac Taylor (Houston) from second base. Chinooks starter Keenan Bartlett (Richmond) threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and gave up just one hit with three walks and six strikeouts in a no decision.

Duluth 6, Waterloo 4

The Duluth Huskies scored three runs late to beat the Waterloo Bucks 6-4 on the road Thursday night. Duluth trailed 4-3 going into the eighth inning, and the Huskies tied the game with a run in the eighth. Duluth scored twice in the top of the ninth to take a 6-4 advantage. Honkers' starting pitcher Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) threw 6 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in a no decision. Duluth's Jake Pries (UCLA) hit 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in.

Willmar 8, Thunder Bay 0

The Willmar Stingers blew out the Thunder Bay Border Cats 8-0 at home on Thursday night. Willmar scored once in the second inning and one more in the fourth, followed by a two-run sixth to take a 4-0 advantage. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Stingers' shortstop and leadoff hitter Dylan Woods (Nova Southeastern) connected on a grand-slam home run to put his team ahead 8-0. Willmar starter Blake Stockert (North Dakota State) threw six scoreless innings and gave up four hits and two walks with five strikeouts to pick up the victory.

Wisconsin Rapids 6, Battle Creek 3

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored four runs late to double up the Battle Creek Bombers 6-3 at home on Thursday night. Trailing 3-2 after the seventh-inning stretch, Wisconsin Rapids scored twice in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead and added two more in the eighth with a two-run homer from Joe Wainhouse (Washington) for his third home run of the season. Rafters' starter Chris Cooper (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) threw six innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in a no decision.

Eau Claire 5, La Crosse 2

The Eau Claire Express took down the La Crosse Loggers by a score of 5-2 on the road on Thursday. Eau Claire spread out its scoring with a run in the first, third, fifth, sixth and ninth innings. Righty Michael Gomez (Cal Poly) picked up the victory for the Express. He threw six innings and gave up one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Gomez's college teammate, Eau Claire centerfielder Alex McKenna (Cal Poly), had a big day at the plate as he hit 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, including a home run.

Mankato 5, St. Cloud 1

The Mankato MoonDogs had a big game from their starting pitcher in a 5-1 win over the St. Cloud Rox on the road. Ricky Digrugilliers (Western Illinois) allowed just one run over seven innings with three hits and a walk with six strikeouts to pick up the win. Mankato held a 2-1 lead and put the game out of reach with a three-run ninth inning to make it 5-1. Third baseman and leadoff hitter David Metzgar (Cal St. Bakersfield) reached base three times with two hits and a walk with two runs batted in for the MoonDogs, who improved to 6-3 in the second half, tied for second place in the North.

Friday's Schedule

Madison @ Rockford (6:35 PM)

Wisconsin @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

Lakeshore @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)

Kalamazoo @ Rochester (7:05 PM)

Battle Creek @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

Mankato @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

Duluth @ Waterloo (7:05 PM)

Thunder Bay @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM)

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