Lakeshore Explodes Again, Puts up 17 Runs in Win Over Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters bounced back and defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and moved ahead 5.5 games in the South after Kenosha lost. Rockford defeated Battle Creek to move the Rivets in a tie with the Bombers for third place. Both of the top teams in the North fell again tonight which keeps Waterloo 1.5 games ahead of the St. Cloud still.
La Crosse 8, Duluth 2
The La Crosse Loggers scored early and held on for the lead all game as they defeated the Duluth Huskies 8-2. Grant Judkins (Iowa) started a four-run first for the Loggers when he scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch. Three more would then score from a two-run single and an RBI double. The Loggers would get one in the third from a wild pitch and another in the sixth from a bases loaded walk. Jake Thurber (New Mexico) put La Crosse to eight form an a two-run single in the seventh, but Duluth finally scored in the bottom half. The Huskies would manage to get one more in the eighth when Matt Frazier (Arizona) scored on a fielder’s choice, but Ryan Anderson (Nevada) threw a scoreless ninth to end the game.
Lakeshore 17, Wisconsin 9
The Lakeshore Chinooks explode in the ninth once again and defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 17-9. The Chucks got all their runs in the second which started with Chad Fleischman (Lamar) hitting an RBI single. Dalton Reed (Seminole State) scored on a sac fly in the next at bat and later hit a grand slam in the same inning to put a cap on the outburst. The Chinooks then began their comeback with a solo shot from Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State) in the third. Lakeshore put up four more in the fourth when Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas) hit a two-run home run and back-to-back RBI doubles brought in two. Lakeshore then took the lead in the sixth with five that started from an RBI single by Drake Lubin (Eastern Michigan). Rylan Thomas (Central Florida) drove in two more in the seventh from a double. Five more came in the ninth from a two-run double, single and a sac fly that would put the game way out of reach for Wisconsin.
Mankato 6, Waterloo 4
The Mankato MoonDogs improved to .500 after defeating the Waterloo Bucks 6-4. The MoonDogs scored first with a pair in the opening inning when Ethan Valdez (Nicholls State) scored on an RBI fielder’s choice to get things going. The Bucks cut their deficit in half with a run in the third when Dalton Hurd (Seattle) scored from a sac fly. Mankato managed one in the fourth from a fielder’s choice, but Waterloo took the lead with three in the bottom half. Two run-scoring double from Hurd and Jay Schuyler (San Diego) brought in all three. The MoonDogs tied the game in the seventh from a solo shot by Valdez. Mankato would then score the eventual game winner and an insurance run in the ninth which started from Toby Hanson (Minnesota) scoring from a bases loaded hit by pitch.
St. Cloud 0, Eau Claire 4
The Eau Claire Express got eight shutout innings from starter Aaron Shortridge (California) in a 4-0 victory over the St. Cloud Rox. The game went scoreless until the eighth as the Rox starter Carlo Graffeo (Southeastern Louisiana) threw six scoreless on three hits and three walks while striking out five. Eau Claire plated four in the bottom of the eighth which included a solo home run from Luke Bandy (Dallas Baptist). That would be it for the scoring as Shortridge was relieved by Josh Gaworski (Century CC) after throwing eight scoreless, only allowing five hits on three walks while striking out five.
Bismarck 2, Willmar 7
The Willmar Stingers started the game with four and held on to defeat the Bismarck Larks 7-2. Willmar started their four-run first with Marcus still hitting a single, stealing his 20th base of the season and scoring from an RBI single. Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) got his first of four hits which drove in two runs and was followed by an error that drove in one. The Larks got their first run in the third when Quinn Irey (Jamestown) scored on an RBI ground out. Rodriguez drove in another in the fifth from a single and the Stingers scored two more in the sixth. Bismarck wouldn’t go away as they got one more in the eighth, but Hayden Petrovick (San Diego State) shutdown the Larks in the ninth to end the game.
Fond du Lac 1, Wisconsin Rapids 7
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters bounced back to defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 7-1 tonight. Ryan Stekl (Canisius) put the Rafters on the board first with a two-run shot in the third inning. Fondy got one back in the sixth when Thomas Luevano (Creighton) hit an RBI single. Rapids got three more in the seventh which included two from an error by the shortstop and one by a wild pitch. Bryson Stott (UNLV) drove in a pair in the eighth from a single to give Rapids a six-run lead. The final three pitchers for Rapids threw a scoreless inning apiece to end the game.
Kalamazoo 5, Madison 13
The Madison Mallards broke the game open in the sixth and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 13-5. Kalamazoo was first on the board in the top half of opening inning when Michael Diffley (San Diego State) hit an RBI single. Jeffrey Mitchell Jr (California) then gave the Mallards the lead in the bottom half from a three-run double. The Growlers got one back in the second from a sac fly, but the Mallards answered for two unearned in the bottom half. Kalamazoo then tied the game after one in the third and two in the top half of the fourth. Madison then pulled ahead by one in the bottom of the fourth and eventually broke it open in the sixth. The Mallard managed seven which started from an RBI double by Doran Turchin (Illinois). Madison got two RBI doubles, an RBI single and one more from an error. That was enough to win the game for Madison as their bullpen used three pitchers to throw the final four scoreless.
Kenosha 5, Green Bay 8
The Green Bay Bullfrogs jumped ahead in the fifth and never looked back as they defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 8-5. The Kingfish scored right away in the first when Cameron Comer (Virginia) hit an RBI single. Kenosha went up four with three in the third that started from an RBI single by Derek Bangert (Bradley). The Frogs would get on the board with one in the third when Aaron Pleschner (San Jose State) hit an RBI single. Green Bay pulled ahead in the fifth when Alonzo Jones (Vanderbilt) started a four-run inning by scoring on an error. The Frogs then got a pair in the sixth, but Kenosha responded for one in the seventh. Green Bay scored once more in the bottom half which would go onto be the final score.
Rockford 7, Battle Creek 1
The Rockford Rivets only needed two innings of scoring to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 7-1. The Rivets started the game by scoring four in the opening inning which started from Eric Cole (Arkansas) driving in a run from a double. Two RBI singles and a wild pitch brought in the others for Rockford. The Bombers responded right away in the bottom half for one when Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) scored from an error by the shortstop. The Rivets would get three more in the fourth which started from a triple by Bren Spillane (Illinois) that scored two. The rest of the game would go scoreless as Rivets’ starter Cole Bellair (Illinois) threw eight, only allowed the one run on three hits while striking out seven. The Bombers used three pitchers to throw the final six scoreless, but didn’t get any run support.
Thunder Bay 11, Rochester 3
The Thunder Bay Border Cats used four innings to score 11 runs and defeat the Rochester Honkers 11-3. Rochester was on the board first in the opening inning when Morgan McCullough (Oregon) scored from an error by the catcher. The Honkers went up three after two runs in the second from a single and an error by the right fielder. From there, the Border Cats settled in and started to chip away at their deficit. Dayne Sommer (Central Oklahoma) started a two-run third inning after scoring from a sac fly. Thunder Bay tied the game with a solo home run from Kevin Biondic (Maryland) in the fourth. The Border Cats would then take the lead for good in the fifth from two RBI doubles. Thunder Bay broke the game open for six in the sixth which included a two-run shot by Jean-Francois Garon (Bradley) and a solo home run from Braden Mosley (Southeast Missouri). The Border Cats’ bullpen threw a scoreless 3.2 innings to end the game including 2.2 from Jesse Bogacz (Kenyon) who struck out five in his outing.
Schedule for June 28:
Mankato @ Waterloo (11:05 AM)
Lakeshore @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
St. Cloud @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
La Crosse @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Madison (7:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Green bay (7:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Willmar (7:05 PM)