Published On: August 6th, 2016

There were 11 total games played on Friday night in the Northwoods League with a pair of doubleheaders, which both ended up with sweeps. The Madison Mallards took two from the Kenosha Kingfish, while the Eau Claire Express swept the Waterloo Bucks.

Madison 8, Kenosha 2 – Game 1

The Madison Mallards used a pair of three-run innings to defeat the Kenosha Kingfish 8-2 in a seven-inning contest at home on Friday night. Madison scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning and did the same in the sixth for the victory. Mallards' leftfielder and leadoff batter Josh Stowers (Louisville) hit 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. On the mound, Madison's starting pitcher Mike Byrne (Florida) threw a whopping 14 strikeouts, and all but four outs came from a strikeout as he went six innings in the game. Byrne earned the win and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and zero walks.

Madison 7, Kenosha 2 – Game 2

The Madison Mallards scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-2 win over the Kenosha Kingfish in Game 2. Madison sent 11 batters to the plate in the first and recorded five hits in the inning. Frank German (North Florida) threw five innings and allowed two unearned runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts for the win. Designated hitter Nelson Maldonado (Florida) homered for the Mallards and hit 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and a RBI.

Eau Claire 12, Waterloo 5 – Game 1

The Waterloo Bucks scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Eau Claire Express scored 12 of the game's last 13 runs for the 12-5 road victory. Eau Claire responded with four runs of its own in the second inning and scored six in the fourth. The Express finished with 15 hits on the night, and eight batters in the lineup finished with at least one hit. Eau Claire third baseman Mickey McDonald (UI-Chicago) hit 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. Jon Roblez (Alabama St) earned the win, as he threw six innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk with a strikeout.

Eau Claire 4, Waterloo 1 – Game 2

The Eau Claire Express swept the doubleheader against the Waterloo Bucks with a 4-1 victory in Game 2. Eau Claire limited Waterloo to just two hits in the game, and starting pitcher Jameson Lavery (UW-La Crosse) earned the victory. He threw five innings and gave up one run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Eau Claire's second baseman Sam Hurt (Kent State) hit 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Rightfielder Jared Mang (New Mexico) also had a multi-hit game with two and scored a run.

Thunder Bay 7, St. Cloud 6

The Thunder Bay Border Cats lost the lead in the top of the ninth but scored in the bottom half of the inning to walk off against the St. Cloud Rox in a 7-6 win. Thunder Bay went into the ninth with a 6-4 lead, but St. Cloud tied the game with two runs in the top of the inning to force the Border Cats to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Thunder Bay had runners at first and second with one out, and Anthony Brocato (St. Johns University) singled to bring home the winning run. Border Cats' designated hitter Shane Shepard (North Carolina State) reached base on all four plate appearances. He hit 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored.

La Crosse 3, Mankato 2

The La Crosse Loggers scored two runs in the six inning to beat the Mankato MoonDogs 3-2 on the road on Friday night. La Crosse scored the first run of the game with one in the top of the first inning, but Mankato answered in the third with a run of its own. The Loggers broke the tie with two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 advantage. Mankato scored once in the seventh, which was not enough to take down La Crosse. Loggers' centerfielder Lars Nootbaar (USC) hit 3-for-4 with one RBI. The Loggers used three pitchers and allowed just four hits in the victory.

Wisconsin 10, Lakeshore 1

The Wisconsin Woodchucks scored in six of their eight innings at the plate in a 10-1 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks. Wisconsin scored one run in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 5-1 advantage before the Woodchucks rallied for five runs in the eighth, capped off by a three-run homer from leftfielder Steven Mangrum (Virginia Tech) for his second home run of the game. Mangrum finished 4-for-5 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored. Woodchucks' starter Reggie Meyer (University of Minnesota) threw a complete game and allowed one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts to earn the win.

Willmar 7, Duluth 3

The Willmar Stingers scored in six consecutive innings in a 7-3 victory over the Duluth Huskies at home on Friday night. Willmar's starting pitcher Brad Schaenzer (Kentucky) threw six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts to pick up the victory. Stingers' second baseman Quincy McAfee (Pepperdine) knocked in four runs and hit 3-for-4 at the plate. Centerfielder Danny Pardo (Montevallo) connected on his fifth home run of the season finished 2-for-4 with a walk, one run scored and a RBI.

Battle Creek 9, Rochester 3

The Battle Creek Bombers pounded out 14 hits in a 9-3 road victory against the Rochester Honkers. Battle Creek scored the first five runs of the game with two in the second and three in the fourth, and the Bombers coasted the rest of the way to victory. Nigel Ward (Cal Poly) earned the win, as he threw six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Battle Creek hit four home runs in the game, including two from rightfielder Eric Gilgenbach (Notre Dame), who finished 2-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) and Dean Miller (Riverside City College) both homered for the Bombers.

Wisconsin Rapids 6, Rockford 5

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters beat the Rockford Rivets 6-5 in 12 innings on the road on Friday. The Rafters tied the game at five in the top of the seventh, and score remained the same until the top of the 12th. Wisconsin Rapids centerfielder Brandon Polizzi (Cal State – Dominguez Hills) doubled to score Patrick Cromwell (Clemson) from second base for the game-winning hit. The Rivets put a runner at thrid with a double, followed by a wild pitch but left him stranded in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Green Bay 5, Kalamazoo 4

The Green Bay Bullfrogs walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Kalamazoo Growlers 5-4 on Friday night. Kalamazoo scored the first four runs of the game with two in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Green Bay came back and scored once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and tied the game with a run in the eighth. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Green Bay put runners on first and second with no outs, and Laren Eustace (Indiana University) singled to score Matthew Hoeg (Iowa Western Community College) from second base for the win.

Saturday's Schedule

Kenosha @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)

Mankato @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)

Duluth @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)

Madison @ Kalamazoo (6:05 PM)

Battle Creek @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Green Bay @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Waterloo @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Willmar @ Rockford (6:35 PM)

Rochester @ Thunder Bay (7:35 PM)

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