The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters won game number 20 tonight and continue to hold a 4.5 game lead over the Kenosha Kingfish. The St. Cloud Rox played a complete game tonight as they got dominating pitching and great hitting to win their fifth in a row as they still lead Waterloo by a half game.
Green Bay 3, Rockford 10
The Rockford Rivets poured it on in the fifth to defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 10-3. Rockford jumped on the board first in the second when Brian Klein (Texas Tech) hit an RBI double. The Rivets then broke the game open in the fifth. Ryan Hutchinson (Illinois State) scored the first of seven from a bases loaded walk. Back-to-back single drove in three more and a wild pitch and a single brought in the rest. The Frogs reached the scoreboard in the sixth when Alonzo Jones (Vanderbilt) hit a two-run home run. Jones drove in one more in the eight with an RBI triple, but the Rivets hung two more in the bottom half for the eventual final score.
Kalamazoo 5, Fond du Lac 6
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders scored five late to pull ahead of the Kalamazoo Growlers and win 6-5. The Growlers scored first in the second when Michael Diffley (San Diego State) drove in an RBI single. Fondy answered to tie the game in the fourth when Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) scored on a sac fly. Kalamazoo retook the lead in the fifth when they plated three which were all unearned due to two errors. The Growlers went up four with a run in the seventh, but the Spiders started a comeback in the bottom half. They tied the game which started from Nick Fortes (Ole Miss) scoring on a sac fly. Fondy finally took the lead when Joe Breaux (McClennan CC) scored the eventual game winner in the eighth.
Waterloo 12, Duluth 7
The Waterloo Bucks scored early and late as they defeated the Duluth Huskies 12-7. Ian Nelson (Missouri) scored first for the Bucks from an unearned run and Joe Genord (South Florida) made it four with a three-run shot. The Huskies managed to get one back in the bottom half when Camryn Williams (Dallas Baptist) scored from an error by the third basemen. Genord went deep again with a solo shot in a two-run fourth inning. Duluth cut their deficit to two in the bottom half with three which was started from an RBI single by Jack Stronach (UCLA). Both teams scored in the fifth, but Duluth came within one in the sixth. Duluth tied the game in the seventh from a solo shot by Kyle Hubbuch (North Alabama). Genord hit his third home run of the game in the eighth which was a solo shot to put Waterloo up for good. They managed one more in the inning and three in the ninth as the bullpen threw the final 2.2 scoreless.
Madison 5, Lakeshore 2
The Madison Mallards used the middle innings tonight to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 5-2. Both teams traded runs in the first as Cole Daily (Notre Dame) scored an unearned run for Madison and Rylan Thomas (Central Florida) hit a solo shot for Lakeshore. The Mallards pulled ahead as they got two in the fourth which started from an RBI single by Thomas Smart (Oakton). Daily then scored his second run in the fifth and an error brought in another in the sixth. Lakeshore would answer for a run in the bottom half from an RBI single by Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas). Reliever Andrew Buckley (California) then pitched the final 2.2 scoreless to earn his second save of the season.
Wisconsin 4, Kenosha 10
The Kenosha Kingfish used the middle innings to score nine to go on to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 10-4. The Chucks scored first in the third when Milton Rivera (North Carolina A&T) came home on a fielder’s choice. The Kingfish answered in a big way to take the lead with four in the fifth. Connor Doyle (San Diego) started things with an RBI double and came around to score in the next at bat from an RBI double. An RBI triple and single scored the next two for Kenosha. The Kingfish came back to score five more in sixth including a two-run shot from Derek Bangert (Bradley). The Chucks wouldn’t go away as they got three in the seventh which started from a solo shot from Dalton Reed (Seminole State). Kenosha tacked on another in the eighth which would go on to be the final score.
Bismarck 3, Mankato 6
The Mankato MoonDogs held off a late rally to defeat the Bismarck Larks 6-3. The MoonDogs scored first in the bottom half of the opening inning when Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) drove in a run from a single. Ethan Valdez (Nicholls State) extended the MoonDogs’ lead to two with a solo shot in the third. Mankato poured it on with two more dingers in the fourth when Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) hit a two-run home run and Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) hit a solo shot. Mankato would go on to get one more in the fifth until Bismarck started to chip away at their deficit in the seventh. Newt Johnson (South Dakota State) scored from a bases loaded hit by pitch. The Larks managed to cut the score in half with two in the ninth from a bases loaded walk and a sac fly, but Naithen Dewsnap (Cal State Bakersfield) managed to get the final three outs.
Eau Claire 2, Rochester 5
The Rochester Honkers scored all their runs in the first two innings as they went on to defeat the Eau Claire Express 5-2. The Honkers scored twice in the bottom half of the opening inning from a Konnor Zickefoose (UC Irvine) single. Rochester then got three from the long ball as Chris Ceballos (Orange Coast JC) hit a solo shot and Mike Echavia (Nevada) hit a two-run home run. Eau Claire got on the board with a run in the fifth from Taylor Field (Winona State) who scored on a sac fly. The Express got number two in the seventh when Justin Evans (Columbus State) scored on an error by the catcher. Starter Hunter Sullivan (Louisville) improved to 3-0 on the season as he threw five, only gave up one while the bullpen only gave up one on four innings.
La Crosse 5, Willmar 6
The Willmar Stingers broke a tie in the seventh to go on to defeat the La Crosse Loggers 6-5. The Loggers scored first in the second when Jake Hirabayashi (UCLA) hit an RBI single. The Stingers answered back in the bottom half to take the lead which started with Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) scoring from a fielder’s choice. Willmar added two more in the third from a double by Nolan Bumstead (CSU-Northridge). The Stinger built a four-run lead in the fourth, but the Loggers answered back in the next inning to tie it. David Villar (South Florida) scored the first run from a wild pitch which followed another wild pitch and two sac fly outs. Josh Bissonette (Baylor) led off the seventh for Willmar with a single, advanced on a pass ball, wild pitch and scored from a sac fly for the eventual game winner.
Wisconsin Rapids 4, Battle Creek 0
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored first in the fourth and never looked back as they shutout the Battle Creek Bombers 4-0. Jake Guenther (Sacramento City CC) scored the one run in the fourth for Rapids when he hit an RBI single. Dustin Woodcock (SIU-Edwardsville) scored number two in the sixth when he came home from a ground out by Josh Rehwaldt (Sioux Falls). The Rafters would get two more when Nick Anderson (Texas A&M-CC) scored from a sacrifice and Rehwaldt singled in Bryson Stott (UNLV). Rapids got back-to-back shutout starts from Jesse Slinger (Youngstown State) as he threw 6.1. scoreless to improve his record to 4-0.
St. Cloud 8, Thunder Bay 2
The St. Cloud Rox remain on top of the North Division as they defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 8-2. The Rox were first on the board in the opening inning when Shane Selman (McNeese State) hit an RBI single. The Border Cats responded in the bottom half to tie the game with an RBI triple by Noah Strohl (Grossmont). Selman then led off the fourth inning with a solo home run. Thunder Bay was quick to tie it again in the bottom half when Strohl score an unearned run from a sac fly. St. Cloud pulled ahead by two in the fifth when Matthew Tarantino (Pacific) singled in a run and later scored. The Rox got one more in the sixth and seventh including a leadoff triple in the seventh by Selman who scored from a wild pitch. St. Cloud scored a pair in the eighth to build a big enough lead to go on and win the game. Starter Aaron Rozek (Minnesota State-Mankato) improved to 3-0 on the season after throwing eight, allowed two runs, one earned while striking out nine.
Schedule for June 24:
Bismarck @ Mankato (6:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Thunder Bay (6:05 PM)
Willmar @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)
Madison @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Waterloo @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Green Bay @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Rochester @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)