The Waterloo Bucks now lead the St. Cloud Rox by a game in the North after defeating them twice in as many days. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters took the lead in the ninth, but lost to Lakeshore from a walk-off single. Rapids still holds a 6.5 game lead over Battle Creek and Kenosha in the South. Kalamazoo defeated Wisconsin tonight to improve to 4-0 in the second half as the Growlers are the last remaining undefeated team.
Duluth 14, La Crosse 9
The Duluth Huskies added insurance runs in the final two innings to defeat the La Crossed Loggers 14-9. Duluth scored a pair in the second which started from Gabe Knowles (Minnesota) singling a run. The Loggers took the lead from a big six-run third inning which included a three-run shot by Mitchell Morimoto (Arizona). The Huskies came within one in the fourth from back-to-back RBI singles and a sac fly. Duluth then tied the game in the fifth from an RBI double by Chase Strumpf (UCLA). The Huskies took a four-run lead in the sixth from back-to-back bases loaded walks, an RBI single and a fielder’s choice. La Crosse got one back in the bottom half and another in the seventh. Both teams traded runs in the eighth while Duluth pulled ahead more in the ninth from two errors which resulted in the final scored.
Thunder Bay 6, Bismarck 2
The Thunder Bay Border Cats scored six early and never looked back as they defeated the Bismarck larks 6-2. Thunder Bay scored right away in the opening inning when Colin Rosenbaum (Belmont Abbey) came home unearned from an error by the third basemen. The Border Cats then hung five in the second which started from a dropped third strike to Colton Thomas (South Alabama) and Brendan Dougherty (Bradley) scoring. Two RBI doubles from Rosenbaum and Kevin Biondic (Maryland) then brought four more. The Border Cats held the Larks scoreless until the bottom of the eighth as Blaze Bohall (UNLV) threw six scoreless for the Border Cats. Newt Johnson (South Dakota State) led off the inning with a single and Scooter Bynum (Northern Illinois doubled him home. Bynum then scored on an RBI single, but the next batter struck out and Thunder Bay went on to keep the next inning scoreless to end the game.
Rockford 11, Green Bay 8
The Rockford Rivets outscored the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the ninth as they held on won 11-8. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the second as Patrick Loeffler (Indiana) singled in a run and scored from a double for Rockford. Green Bay scored on an RBI single from Willie Bourbon (Northwestern) and the next batter hit a sac fly to even up the score. The Frogs took the lead in the next inning from an RBI fielder’s choice. The Rivets responded to take the lead in the fourth with three from a bases loaded walk, sac fly and an RBI fielder’s choice. Green Bay came within one in the sixth when Bourbon hit an RBI single, but Rockford answered with four in the seventh. JC DeMuri (Quincy) started things with an RBI double and scored from an RBI single. Green Bay brought it within two in the eighth with three, but Rockford tacked on two in the ninth. The Frogs got one from a home run by Alex Pener (Scottsdale CC) in the bottom of the ninth, but the Rivets struck out the next two to end the game.
Fond du Lac 5, Kenosha 7
The Kenosha Kingfish scored four in the opening inning as they went on to defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 7-5. Kenosha got on the board when Connor Doyle (San Diego) came home from a wild pitch and Derek Bangert (Bradley) singled in a run. Another RBI single and an error sent two more home in the inning. Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) responded for Fondy with a home run to lead off the second, but Kenosha got the run back, Brandon Wulff (Stanford) then helped the Spiders with two as they doubled in a run and scored from another RBI double. Kenosha managed to add one in the fourth and another in the sixth to bring their lead back to four. The Dock Spiders cut their deficit in half in seventh from a two-run double by Bullock, but the next batter flew out. Billy McKay (Florida) then pitched the final two scoreless to record his seventh save.
Wisconsin Rapids 7, Lakeshore 8
The Lakeshore Chinooks defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 8-7 tonight from a walk-off by Jack Dunn (Northwestern) in the bottom of the ninth. Bryson Stott (UNLV) scored the first run for Rapids in the opening inning, but Lakeshore responded when Matthew Mika (Central Florida) scored on a pass ball. The Chinooks took the lead in the second from an RBI single, but the Rafters got it back in the third. With the game tied at two, Lakeshore took the lead with four in the fifth. Nick Gatewood (Georgia State) hit a two-run single and back-to-back bases loaded walks sent two more in. Gatewood then hit a home run in the sixth to increase their lead to five. Rapids started to chip away with a two-run shot by Dustin Woodcock (SIU-Edwardsville). The Rafters then took the lead in the ninth from a three-run shot by Christian Jones (Campbell), but Lakeshore wasn’t done. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Caleb Dean (Lamar) drew a walk and advanced on a wild pitch. Dunn then singled in Dean from second to win the game.
Kalamazoo 13, Wisconsin 5
The Kalamazoo Growlers remain undefeated in the second half as they defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 13-5 tonight. The Growlers scored a pair of runs right away when Matt Koehler (Western Carolina) hit an RBI double. Kalamazoo then committed two errors in the bottom half which scored Tristan Clarke (New Orleans) for the Chucks. The Growlers got one in the third from an RBI single, but the Chucks kept it a one-run game with one in the fourth. Kalamazoo got two in the fifth from a sac fly and a run-scoring single by Ryan Orr (San Diego State). The Chucks then cut their deficit in half when Ivan Nunez (Hillsborough CC) singled in a run. Kalamazoo added three in the seventh which included Orr’s second run producing single. Wisconsin kept with the Growlers as they got one in the bottom half. Kalamazoo finally broke the game open for four in the eighth which featured a two-run double by Ivan Estrella (Texas Rio Grande). Connor Hollis (Houston) added number 13 for the Growlers with a solo home run in the ninth, but the Chuck weren’t done. They got an RBI double from Yeager Taylor (UC Riverside) with two outs in the ninth, but, the next batter grounded out to end the game.
St. Cloud 2, Waterloo 4
The Waterloo Bucks built a four-run lead and held off St. Cloud to win 4-2. Ian Nelson (Missouri) quickly put Waterloo on the board when he led off the bottom of the first with a home run. Nelson then singled in two runs in the next inning to put the Bucks up three. John Cable (New Orleans) got into the mix with a solo shot in the fifth to increase Waterloo’s lead. St. Cloud got on the board in the seventh when Daniel Schneemann (BYU) scored on a bases loaded walk and Cameron Eden (California) drove in a guy from a sac fly. Three relief pitchers for Waterloo threw the final three innings scoreless to end the game including Ryan Dunne (Western Illinois) picking up his third save.
Eau Claire 7, Rochester 6
The Eau Claire Express broke a tie in the ninth and defeated the Rochester Honkers 7-6. Eau Claire scored first in the opening inning when Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) singled in a run. The Honkers responded to take the lead with two in the bottom half as Zach Zubia (Texas) drove in a run from a single and he scored on a sac fly. Zubia then hit a home run in the third, but the Express tied the game again in the fourth. The game continued to be back and forth as Rochester scored twice in the fifth on an error and a double by Michael Michalak (DMACC). Eau Claire got three to take the lead in the sixth from an RBI single by Rudy Rott and two from an error. The Honkers tied it again in the bottom half, but Eau Claire wasn’t done. Robby Campillo (New Mexico) hit a home run to put the Express up which ended up being the game-winner.
Mankato 1, Willmar 7
The Willmar Stingers held Mankato to only one run in the opening inning as they went on to win 7-1. The MoonDogs got their one and only run from a solo shot by Toby Hanson (Minnesota). The Stingers took the lead in the fourth from an RBI single by Eli Wilson (Minnesota) and a wild pitch sent Marc Coffers (FGCU) home. The Stingers got four more in the seventh which started from a three-run shot by Nolan Bumstead (CSUN). Bumstead then singled in a run in the eighth which would go onto be the final score. Polo Portela (Sacramento City) threw 5.2 strong for his fifth win as Connor Jahn (Presbyterian) and Calvin Coker (Auburn) threw the final three 3.1 scoreless.
Madison 2, Battle Creek 1
The Madison Mallards scored a pair in the seventh which was enough to go on to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 2-1. The Bombers got their first and only in the third when Alex Howard (Arkansas State) hit an RBI single. The Bombers got six scoreless from Andrew Click (Davenport) until he put Maverick Handley (Stanford) on with a walk and had Handley come home from an RBI single by Zac Taylor (Illinois) after he was pulled. Cole Daily (Notre Dame) then scored number two from a wild pitch before the final batter struck out. The Mallards got three scoreless from their bullpen as Davis Moore (Fresno State) picked up the win and Dom Savino (Albany) earned his third save.
Schedule for July 9:
Waterloo @ Rochester (1:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Duluth (3:05 PM)
Battle Creek @ Wisconsin (3:05 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Kenosha (4:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Madison (4:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Rockford (4:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Lakeshore (5:05 PM)
Mankato @ La Crosse (5:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Bismarck (5:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Willmar (6:05 PM)