Comeback Wins Highlight Saturday’s Games
Generally when a team scores first, that team has a good shot at the victory, but that was not the case on Saturday night in the Northwoods League. In the eight games completed, six of them were won by the team that scored last. The game between Lakeshore and Kalamazoo was suspended after 12 innings due to curfew and will start the 13th inning on Sunday at 4 p.m. followed by a nine-inning second game.
Battle Creek 2, Wisconsin 1
The Battle Creek Bombers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning, which was all they needed in a 2-1 victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks at home on Saturday night. Wisconsin scored the first run of the game with one in the top of the third on a RBI-single from Jared Oliva (University of Arizona). With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Battle Creek's Ryan Dorow (Adrian College) doubled to score two runs. Bombers' starting pitcher Nigel Ward (Cal Poly) threw five innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts for the victory.
Kenosha 4, Wisconsin Rapids 1
The Kenosha Kingfish scored each of their four runs in the seventh inning to beat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-1 at home. Wisconsin Rapids scored opened up the scoring with one run in the top of the first, and Kenosha remained scoreless until a four-run rally, as the Kingfish batted around to take the three-run advantage. Kenosha starter Grant Spranger (Southeastern CC) threw seven innings and gave up one run on five hits and one walk with five strikeouts to pick up the victory. Kingfish leftfielder Marty Bechina (Michigan State) hit 3-for-4 at the plate with one run scored.
St. Cloud 2, Thunder Bay 1
The St. Cloud Rox beat the Thunder Bay Border cats 2-1 at home on Saturday night. Thunder Bay scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning, but St. Cloud tied the game in the third and took the lead in the fifth. Rox starter Logan Salow (University of Kentucky) threw seven innings and gave up one run on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts to earn the victory. Reliever Bobby Gauvreau (Georgia Tech) threw two scoreless innings and struck out two batters to pick up the save for St. Cloud.
La Crosse 6, Duluth 1
The La Crosse Loggers took down the Duluth Huskies 6-1 at home on Saturday night. La Crosse outhit Duluth 12-6, and both teams left 11 runners stranded. Loggers' second baseman Cullen Large (William Mary) hit 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, and catcher Nick Schranck finished 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. La Crosse starter Nick Raquet (William Mary) threw 5 1/3 innings and gave up one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts to pick up the victory. Jared Liebelt (Waubonsee CC) pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and gave up zero runs on two hits and one walk with four strikeouts for the save.
Madison 11, Green Bay 5
The Madison Mallards scored 11 consecutive runs in an 11-5 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs at home Saturday. Green Bay scored two runs in the top of the second before Madison went on its 11-0 run, scoring in five consecutive innings. The Bullfrogs scored three runs in the top of the eighth in the loss. The Mallards pounded out 16, and rightfielder Zach Jarrett (UNC-Charlotte) finished 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored, as a total of six Madison batters recorded multiple hits in the victory. Madison starter Frank German (North Florida) threw seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts for the win.
Eau Claire 5, Rochester 2
The Eau Claire Express defeated the Rochester Honkers 5-2 at home on Saturday night. Rochester scored the first run of the game in the top of the second, and Eau Claire scored three in the fifth to take the lead for good. The Honkers scored once in the seventh, but the Express added two insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning for the three-run victory. Eau Claire starter Jameson Lavery (UW-La Crosse) pitched six innings and gave up one run on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts for the win. The Express recorded nine hits, and four players in their lineup had multi-hit games.
Willmar 8, Rockford 1
The Rockford Rivets scored the first run of the game, and the Willmar Stingers scored the final eight runs for an 8-1 home victory. Willmar finished with 16 hits on the night, including three home runs. Danny Mayer (Pacific) hit 2-for-4 with two RB and a run scored with a homer, and Kole Cottam (Kentucky) finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI, including a home run. Shortstop Dylan Woods (Nova Southeastern) also homered and hit 3-for-4 with a RBI and one run scored. Lefty Brad Schaenzer (Kentucky) threw eight innings and allowed one unearned run on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout to pick up the win.
Waterloo 5, Mankato 3
The Waterloo Bucks defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 5-3 on the road Saturday night. Waterlooo scored the first two runs of the game with a pair in the top of the first, and Mankato did the same in the bottom half of the inning. The Bucks regained the lead with two runs in the sixth and added one more in the eighth. Mankato scored the final run of the game with a home run in the bottom of the ninth in the loss. Kyle Leahy (Colorado Mesa) earned the win and threw five innings, allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Eau Claire @ Rochester (1:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Battle Creek (3:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Lakeshore (4:00 PM) – Game 1
Kalamazoo @ Lakeshore (5:05 PM) – Game 2
Wisconsin Rapids @ Kenosha (4:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Madison (4:05 PM)
Duluth @ La Crosse (5:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ St. Cloud (5:05 PM)
Rockford @ Willmar (6:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Mankato (6:05 PM)