Only five games were scheduled for tonight. The South Division all had the night off so nothing changed there. The Waterloo Bucks got a complete game shutout from Kyle Leahy to win their ninth straight, improving their North Division leading record to 16-4.
La Crosse 1, Eau Claire 11
The Eau Claire Express jump all over the La Crosse Loggers for an 11-3 victory tonight. Eau Claire got their first two in the top half of the opening inning which started from an RBI single by Rudy Rott (Ohio). Luke Bandy (Dallas Baptist ) hit an RBI single in the second and two more run scoring singles came in the third for the Express. Zach Gilles (Central Michigan) hit his own RBI single in the fifth, but the Loggers responded for one in the top of the sixth. David Villar (South Florida) scored an unearned run from a sac fly. Dominic Clementi (Michigan) then answered with an RBI fielder’s choice for Eau Claire. Clementi drove in his third run of the game in the eighth which started a four-run inning. That would be it for the scoring as the Express bullpen threw three scoreless to secure the win.
Thunder Bay 0, Waterloo 3
The Waterloo Bucks received a complete game shutout from starter Kyle Leahy (Colorado-Mesa) to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 3-0. The Bucks were on the board first in the third with two runs from a two-run double by Ian Nelson (Missouri). Keaton Presley (Central Arkansas) knocked in the third and final run for Waterloo in the seventh from a single to score Tyler Stover (Louisiana-Lafayette). Thunder Bay’s biggest threat came in the opening inning when they put two guys on from a double by Colton Thomas (South Alabama) and a Noah Strohl (Grossmont) single, but Leahy pitched out of the jam. Leahy only allowed six hits, two walks while striking out seven for his second win of the season.
Willmar 4, Rochester 5
The Rochester Honkers use a five-run third inning to edge out the Willmar Stingers in a 5-4 victory. The Stingers scored first in the top of the third when Brady Shockey (USC) knocked in Tyler Reichenborn ( ) from a double. The Honkers would then answer for five in the bottom half. Rees Rua (Lake Erie) led off the inning with a solo home run. Two batters later, Zach Zubia (Texas) hit a two-run shot and Weston Hatten (Nevada) hit a solo home run immediately following. Rua reached the plate again in the inning and drew a two out, bases loaded walk. Willmar wouldn’t go away as they got two more in the sixth from an RBI single and a sac fly. Nolan Bumstead (CSU-Northridge) would bring the Stingers within one with a solo shot in the eighth. Garrett Cobb then (Seminole State) pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.
St. Cloud 4, Bismarck 0
The St. Cloud Rox used two pitchers to throw a complete game shutout as they defeated the Bismarck Larks 4-0. St. Cloud scored first in the opening inning when Cameron Eden (California) scored from an error by the second basemen. Angelo Altavilla (Nebraska) knocked in the second run for the Rox in the fourth from a single to center. The Rox got back-to-back doubles from Shane Selman (McNeese State) and Michael Busch (North Carolina) to score a pair in the seventh which would go on to be the final score. Ryan Shreve (Pacific) got the start for the Rox, threw six scoreless, only allowed five hits, one walk while striking out two to improve his record to 2-0. Kyle Boser (St. Cloud) earned himself his first save of the season after throwing the final three.
Duluth 12, Mankato 6
The Duluth Huskies used two big innings to defeat the Mankato MoonDogs 12-6 tonight. The MoonDogs were first on the board in the bottom of the opening inning when Toby Hanson (Minnesota) knocked in a run from a double. The Huskies would respond in the second for eight. Dean Nevarez (San Diego State) got things going with an RBI single. He would later score from another RBI single and the inning also featured a three-run shot from Sam Baier (Augustana). Mankato chipped away at their deficit in the third when Hanson hit another double to score a run. The Huskies broke the game open for four in the fifth. The MoonDogs committed three errors in the inning, bringing their game total to five. Wells Davis (South Alabama) tried to get Mankato back into the game with a two-run home run in the bottom half. Mankato got one more in the seventh and Alvaro Rubalcaba (CSUN) hit a solo shot in the ninth, but the deficit was too much.
Schedule for June 20:
Kalamazoo @ Battle Creek (11:05 AM) (Game 1)
St. Cloud @ Bismarck (11:05 AM)
Green Bay @ Fond du Lac (11:35 AM) (Game 1)
Kenosha @ Lakeshore (11:35 AM) (Game 1)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Wisconsin (11:35 AM) (Game 1)
Rockford @ Madison (12:05 PM) (Game 1)
Madison @ Rockford (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Thunder Bay @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Willmar @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Battle Creek @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Eau Claire @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Fond du Lac @ Green Bay (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Duluth @ Mankato (7:05 PM)