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St. Cloud, Waterloo Now Sit at Top of the North Division

The St. Cloud Rox have now won four in a row while the Waterloo Bucks won their fifth straight as they both take over first place in the North Division. The Battle Creek Bombers stay hot in their seventh straight victory and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters aren’t giving up any ground as they won again tonight.

Madison 2, Kalamazoo 3

The Kalamazoo Growlers scored three late to come from behind and defeat the Madison Mallards 3-2. The Mallards opened the second inning with a solo home run from Jeffery Mitchell Jr. (California). Madison added one more in the fourth when Doran Turchin (Illinois) scored on fielder’s choice, but that would be it for their runs. Jeff Riedel (Ball State) tied the game for the Growlers in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run shot. Nick Hutchins (Southern Illinois) delivered the eventual game winning run with an RBI double later in the inning. The Growlers’ starter Connor Manous (Indiana) threw seven, only allowed two earned on four hits but didn’t pick up the win. The Bullpen then only allowed one hit as Hayden Brauser (Missouri Southern) earned the win and George Lamb (Texas Rio Grande) earned his second save of the season.  

Green Bay 3, Battle Creek 9

The Battle Creek Bombers extended their winning streak to seven after defeating the Green Bay Bullfrogs 9-3 this afternoon. The Frogs were the first on the board in the opening inning when Brad Hamilton (Kent State) drove in a run from a single. The Bombers responded as they tied the game in the third when Gavin Homer (McHenry CC) hit a double, stole third and scored from an error by the second basemen. They took the lead later in the inning from an RBI single by Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech). Green Bay tied the game in the top of the fourth, but the Bombers answered right back with two in the bottom half. The Frogs wouldn’t go away as they scored one in the fifth, but the Bombers exploded for four in the sixth. Homer scored his second run of the game to get things going for Battle Creek. A single brought in one and a double scored two more later in the inning. The Bombers tacked on an insurance run in the eighth and the bullpen closed out the game by throwing four scoreless and only allowing three walks.

Rochester 10, Duluth 6

The Rochester Honkers scored three runs in three different innings which led to their 10-6 victory over the Duluth Huskies. Jonathan Fleek (Western Illinois) scored the first run of the game for the Honkers when he advanced to third on an error by the first basemen and came home on an RBI double by Zach Zubia (Texas). David Noworyta (Hawaii) knocked in two more later in the inning from a double. The Huskies answered to get one back in the bottom half when Caleb Robinson (Western Carolina) knocked in his sixth RBI of the season. The Huskies tied the game in the third, but the Honkers retook the lead as they put up three in the fourth on two errors. Three more came across for Rochester in the sixth including another RBI hit by Noworyta. The Huskies managed to respond and get three of their own in the seventh, but that wasn’t enough as reliever Manny Armendariz (Doane) closed the door for a three inning save.

Lakeshore 3, Kenosha 4

The Kenosha Kingfish score once in the bottom of the eighth which led to their 4-3 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks. Derek Bangert (Bradley) hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the second to give the Kingfish an early lead. The Chinooks got a run back in the fifth when Drake Lubin (Eastern Michigan) knocked in an RBI single. Lakeshore then tied the game in the sixth on a wild pitch. Both teams traded runs in the seventh, but Ben Troike (Illinois) hit the eventual game winner for the Kingfish on an RBI single. Billy McKay (Florida) shut the door on the Chinooks in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.

Wisconsin Rapids 6, Wisconsin 1

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters continue to keep pace in the South Division as they improve to 7-1 with a 6-1 victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Josh Rehwaldt (Sioux Falls) drove in the first two runs of the game in the opening inning from a two out double. Three more came in the second including another RBI by Rehwaldt. The Woodchucks scored their only run of the game in the fifth when Andrew Kendrick (Youngstown State) hit a solo home run. The Rafters tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth from an RBI single by Matt Schmidt (Cypress). Rapids starter Quinn DiPasquale (Stevens Institute Technology) pitched 7.2 innings, only allowed the one run on five hits while striking out five and picking up the win.

Eau Claire 3, Waterloo 4

The Waterloo Bucks walked-off in the ninth inning to improve their record to 6-2 in a 4-3 victory over the Eau Claire Express. The Express and Bucks both traded single runs in the second and the third. Eau Claire’s first run came from a solo shot by Daniel Jones (Air Force). Zach Malis (Grand Canyon) scored on a fielder’s choice for the Bucks in the second. Justin Evans (Columbus State) knocked in an RBI triple for the Express and Malis drove in a run of his own in the bottom half of the third. The Bucks finally broke the tie and won the game when Malis delivered again. He forced a runner to ground out to second, but Ian Nelson (Missouri) scored the winning run.

Rockford 6, Fond du Lac 5

The Rockford Rivets needed ten innings to defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6-5. Rockford was on the board first when Neal Tyrell (Lewis) connected on an RBI single in the second. Cal Aldridge (UW-Whitewater) drove in two more for the Rivets in the fourth, but the Spiders tied the game in the bottom half.             Cory Wills (Yavapai) scored the go ahead run for the Dock Spiders in the sixth on a wild pitch. Anthony Forte (Louisiana State-Eunice) gave the Rivets the lead back in the seventh with a two RBI single. Collin Braithwaite (Illinois State) forced extra innings for the Spiders as he hit an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of tenth, Forte came around to score the eventual game winner for the Rivets on a fielder’s choice. Zach Thomas (Chicago State) pitched the final 2.2 to earn himself his first save of the season.

Mankato 10, Willmar 4

The Mankato MoonDogs put up five in the ninth to break the game open in a 10-4 win over the Willmar Stingers. The MoonDogs scored two start the game with an RBI double by Nick Vaage (Memphis) and he scored on an RBI single. Marcus Still (New Mexico State) scored the first run for the Stingers in the bottom half and Nolan Bumstead (CSU-Northridge) gave them the lead with a two-run home run. The MoonDogs tied the game in the top of the second, but the Stingers answered for a run in bottom of the third. The game then went scoreless for four innings until Mankato broke it open. A wild pitch advanced one runner to score in the eighth while another came from a single and an error. Christopher Schaeffer (Western Illinois) drove in three form a single and an error by the left fielder. Two more came from an RBI single and double. The Mankato bullpen threw four scoreless and struck out five to close out the game.

La Crosse 4, Bismarck 2

The La Crosse Loggers overcome two early runs and defeat the Bismarck Larks 4-2. The Larks put up single runs in the first and the second from a Noah Sadler (Illinois State) and David Salguiero (LSU Shreveport) two out RBI double. The Loggers tied the game in the fourth when Mike Ferri (UW-Milwaukee) drove in a run from a single and Yahir Gurrola (North Florida) knocked in Ferri on an RBI double. Gurrola knocked in his second RBI of the game in the sixth from a two out single to left. The Loggers then tacked on an insurance run in the seventh which would result in the final score of the game. Starter Mason McMahon (UW-La Crosse) held on for long enough as he threw 6.2, only allowed the two runs and picked up the win.

St. Cloud 4, Thunder Bay 3

The St. Cloud Rox needed twelve innings to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 4-3 and improve their record to 6-2. The first run of the game didn’t come until the bottom of the fourth when Jared Mc         Cunn (SIU-Edwardsville) hit an RBI double for the Border Cats. Thunder Bay put up two more in the fifth when Colin Rosenbaum (Belmont Abbey) knocked in two from a single. The Rox quickly responded to tie the game in the sixth when Luke Manzo (Charleston) got things going with an RBI single. Five scoreless innings went by until Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada-Reno) knocked in the eventual game winning run in the top of the twelfth. Jackson Rose (Minnesota) pitched the final two for the Rox to earn himself the win.

Schedule for June 7:

Rochester @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Battle Creek @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)

Lakeshore @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Mankato @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)

Rockford @ Madison (6:35 PM)

Duluth @ Thunder Bay (6:35 PM)

Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

Willmar @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

Green Bay @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)