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Busy Night in the Northwoods League

With the rain that swept through Northwoods League stadiums on Saturday, there were plenty of games that had to be made up in more than a full-slated schedule on Sunday. Today featured four doubleheaders for a total of 13 games.

Wisconsin 7, Kenosha 6 – Game 1

The Wisconsin Woodchucks outscored the Kenosha Kingfish 3-2 in the final inning for the 7-6 home victory on Sunday afternoon. The game was all knotted up at four going into the seventh and final inning. Wisconsin scored its first run on a RBI-double, followed by a passed ball that scored a run and a sacrifice fly to take a 7-4 advantage. Kenosha threatened in the bottom of the ninth with two runs and left the bases loaded in a one-run loss.

Wisconsin 7, Kenosha 6 – Game 2

The Wisconsin Woodchucks swept the doubleheader with a pair of wins with the same exact score in another 7-6 victory over the Kenosha Kingfish. The game was supposed to go seven innings, but the game remained tied at six after seven innings. Wisconsin broke the tie with one run in the top of the eighth. Woodchucks' designated hitter Steven Mangrum (Virginia Tech) doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to give Wisconsin a one-run lead for the game-winning run.

Green Bay 5, Rockford 0 – Game 1

The Green Bay Bullfrogs shut out the Rockford Rivets in the first game of their doubleheader 5-0 on the road Sunday. Green Bay scored four runs in the top of the third inning to open up the scoring, which was capped off by a two-run homer hit by designated hitter Quincy Nieporte (Florida State). The Bullfrogs added another run in the fifth inning to make it a 5-0 advantage. Green Bay starter Harrison Egly (Columbia University) threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings and gave up two hits and a walk with six strikeouts to pick up the victory.

Green Bay 8, Rockford 4 – Game 2

The Green Bay Bullfrogs doubled up the Rockford Rivets by a score of 8-4 in Game 2 to complete the doubleheader sweep. Green Bay held an 8-1 lead after five innings before Rockford scored once in the bottom of the sixth and added two more in the seventh in a four-run loss. Green Bay rightfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Lenoir Rhyne University) hit 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI with a home run. Jonah Davis (University of California) had just one hit, but it was a grand slam in the fifth inning. Bullfrogs' starter Matt Ellenbest (Morehead State University) threw six innings and gave up two unearned runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts for the win.

Kalamazoo 3, Lakeshore 2 – Game 1

The Kalamazoo Growlers held on to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks, who rallied late, 3-2 in a game that was suspended in the third inning yesterday. Kalamazoo scored twice in the top of the second inning and extended its lead with one run in the sixth. The game remained 3-0 until the bottom of the eighth when the Chinooks scored their first run of the game and scored one more in the ninth but left runners at first and second to end the game. Kalamazoo's Zach Vitkuske (Muskegon CC) threw six innings in relief and gave up one unearned run on three hits and one walk with five strikeouts for the win.

Lakeshore 9, Kalamazoo 2 – Game 2

The Lakeshore Chinooks blew out the Kalamazoo Growlers 9-2 on Sunday night to split the doubleheader. Lakeshore righthander Keenan Bartlett (Richmond) threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts and earned the victory. Nick Horvath (Florida) got the final four outs of the game and struck out two batters for the save. Lakeshore rightfielder Darius Sewell (Georgia State) finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored, including his sixth home run of the season.

St. Cloud 5, Duluth 2

The St. Cloud Rox trailed 2-0 but came back to score five unanswered runs in a 5-2 victory over the Duluth Huskies on the road. Duluth scored once in the second and another in the third for a two-run lead. The Rox scored their first run of the game in the top of the seventh and scored two more in the eighth to take a one-run advantage. St. Cloud added a pair of insurance runs with two in the ninth to take a 5-2 lead. The Rox finished with just four hits but drew nine walks in the game, including three from Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State).

Willmar 10, Rochester 1 – Game 1

The Willmar Stingers pounded out 16 hits in a seven-inning game to defeat the Rochester Honkers 10-1 on Sunday afternoon at home. Rochester scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning, and Willmar scored the next 10 runs. All nine batters in the Stingers' lineup recorded at least one hit. Third baseman Brandon Perez (Southern California) hit 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored, and rightfielder Justin Toerner (Cal State Northridge) finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks, three RBI and two runs scored. Brad Schaenzer (Kentucky) threw a complete game and allowed one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts for the victory.

Willmar 6, Rochester 0 – Game 2

The Willmar Stingers completed the doubleheader sweep of the Rochester Honkers in a 6-0 victory. Willmar scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, scored three runs in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to make it a six-run advantage. Willmar's starting pitcher Jayce Vancena (Michigan) threw a complete-game shutout and allowed three hits and zero walks with five strikeouts to pick up the win. Stingers' designated hitter Eddie Estrada (Minnesota) hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, including a home run.

Battle Creek 4, Madison 2

The Battle Creek Bombers scored one run each of the first three innings and beat the Madison Mallards 4-2 at home. Battle Creek's starting pitcher had a huge game and picked up the victory for the Bombers. Lefthander Scott Sency (SVSU) threw 7 1/3 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and zero walks with three strikeouts. Brandon Guske (Freed-Hardeman) recorded the final five outs and struck out a batter for the save. Battle Creek rightfielder Nick Poirier (Michigan) hit 3-for-4 at the plate with one run scored.

Wisconsin Rapids 5, Thunder Bay 1

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored five runs in the top of the first inning, which was all they needed in a 5-1 victory over the Thunder Bay Border Cats on Sunday. The Thunder Bay Border Cats scored once in the bottom of the second for their lone run of the game. Righthander Jay Peters (UW Milwaukee) threw six innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts for the victory. The Rafters finished with 10 hits in the game, and four batters recorded two hits each.

Waterloo 8, Mankato 3

The Waterloo Bucks held a 7-0 advantage and defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 8-3 on Sunday night at home. Waterloo scored one run in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead and rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a seven-run deficit. Mankato scored its three runs in the top of the sixth, and the Bucks finished off the scoring with one in the eighth. Waterloo pounded out 15 hits in the game, and six batter recorded multiple hits for the Bucks. Jared Crescentini (Missouri Baptist) threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts to pick up the win.

Eau Claire 7, La Crosse 4

The Eau Claire Express recorded 14 hits and defeated the La Crosse Loggers 7-4 on Sunday night at home. Eau Claire second baseman Sam Hurt (Kent State) hit 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored, while designated hitter Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) finished 3-for-5 with a run scored. Marinconz's college teammate and Express centerfielder Alex McKenna (Cal Poly) hit his sixth home run of the season. Eau Claire starter Ryan Hamilton (Augustana) earned the victory and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings of work.

Monday's Schedule

Rochester @ Waterloo (7:05 PM)