Three Teams Win From Bottom of the Ninth Walk-Offs
The Waterloo Bucks took advantage of a St. Cloud loss and defeated Eau Claire to move into first place in the North. Mankato shutout the Rox to put them a half game back in the second half standings and three back in the overall. Rapids snapped their winning streak as they fell to Battle Creek to put the Bombers a half game back in the second half standings and a half game back for second place in the overall.
Bismarck 0, Duluth 1
The Duluth Huskies walked-off in the bottom of the ninth in a scoreless game to defeat the Bismarck Larks 1-0. The Huskies’ starter Ryan Tapani (Creighton) threw 6.1 scoreless, only allowed three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Alex Ross (Johns Hopkins) started for Bismarck and didn’t allow a run in eight innings while only giving up three hits and two walks and striking out four. Joe Gonrowski (St. Scholastica) threw the next 1.2 for Duluth and only allowed one walk while striking out three. Stephen Yancey (Texas Wesleyan) threw a scoreless top of the ninth to give Duluth a chance to win the game. With one out and a runner on second in the bottom of the night, Kyle Hubbuch (North Alabama) hit an RBI single and scored Isaac Collins (Creighton) to win the game.
Wisconsin 2, Lakeshore 10
The Lakeshore Chinooks defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 10-2 after only allowing a pair of runs in the ninth. The Chinooks scored twice in the bottom of the first when Nick Gatewood (Georgia State) hit an RBI double and he scored from an RBI single by Rylan Thomas (Central Florida). Lakeshore put up another two-spot in the second from an RBI single and an error by the shortstop. Jack Dunn (Northwestern) then started another two-run inning for Lakeshore in the fourth with an RBI double and scored on a sac fly. The Chinooks scored a single run in the seventh when a run scored on a dropped third strike. The Chinooks got three more in the eighth when Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) went yard. The Chucks got on the board in the ninth when Hunter Coleman (Texas A&M) singled in a run and an error sent home another, but Coleman was thrown out at third to end the game.
Waterloo 6, Eau Claire 5
The Waterloo Bucks held off a late rally from the Eau Claire Express as they won 6-5. The Bucks scored right away in the first with a pair of runs when Dalton Hurd (Seattle) scored on an RBI ground out and Zach Malis (Grand Canyon) came home from an error. Eau Claire got one back in the second from Tyrus Greene (California) scoring on a wild pitch. The Bucks got three more in the third which started from Charlie Concannon (Saint Josephs) singling in two. Rudy Rott (Ohio) then led off the fourth with a home run for Eau Claire. Both teams traded single runs in the fifth and the Express came within two from another in the sixth. The Express got one more to come within one in the bottom of the ninth, but the next two batters flew out to end the game.
Rockford 8, Fond du Lac 9
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders defeated the Rockford Rivets 9-8 tonight in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth. The Spiders got four right away in the bottom of the first from back-to-back RBI singles by Nick Fortes (Ole Miss) and Chris Cornelius (Missouri) and two errors. Fondy got two more in the next inning from a double by Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina). Rockford got on the board with a pair when Hunter Feduccia (Louisiana State-Eunice) went yard. The Rivets went up one with five in the fifth from RBI singles by Neal Tyrell (Lewis), JC DeMuri (Quincy) and Brett Whelton (McNeese State). Fondy tied the game with one in the bottom half and took the lead with another in the sixth. Rockford then tied it in the eighth, but the Spiders weren’t done. With two outs in the ninth, Thomas Luevano (Creighton) hit an RBI single to win the game.
Rochester, Thunder Bay
Postponed to: August 9, 8:05 PM
La Crosse 7, Willmar 8
The Willmar Stingers walked off in the ninth inning as they defeated the La Crosse Loggers 8-7. Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) put the Stingers on the board right away with two from the long ball. Rodriguez scored his second run of the game for Willmar in the fourth from a sac fly. The Loggers got on the board with two in the fifth when Mitchell Morimoto (CSUN) hit a single. Rodriguez delivered again for the Stingers with a grand slam in the seventh. La Crosse came within from four in the eighth which started from Morimoto scoring on an error. An RBI single, bases loaded walk and RBI fielder’s choice sent three more home. The Loggers tied it in the ninth from a bases loaded walk. Then with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Nolan Bumstead (Arizona) hit an RBI single to win the game for the Stingers.
St. Cloud 0, Mankato 5
The Mankato MoonDogs got eight scoreless innings from Nick Belzer (Minnesota State) as they went onto defeat the St. Cloud Rox 5-0. The MoonDogs scored right away in the first when Toby Hanson (Minnesota) went yard and knocked in three. The first baserunner for the Rox came in the fifth when Daniel Schneemann (BYU) walked and Angelo Altavilla (Nebraska) reached on an error, but Belzer got the next guy to line out to end the inning. Mankato added two more in the seventh when Hanson knocked in another with a single and he scored from an RBI single. Belzer finished the night after throwing eight scoreless, only allowing two hits and one walk while striking out nine. Joey Gerber (Illinois) then came in and pitched a scoreless to end the game.
Battle Creek 11, Wisconsin Rapids 4
The Battle Creek Bombers held on and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in a game that was delayed by rain. Rapids scored first in the bottom of the opening inning when Ryan Stekl (Canisius) hit an RBI single. The Bombers tied it when Winston Welch (Arkansas State) led off the third with a home run. Battle Creek broke the game open with four in the sixth which started from a three-run shot by Justin Felix (Arkansas State). The Rafters got two back in the bottom half from a pass ball and an RBI fielder’s choice. Battle Creek added another in the seventh when Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) went deep. The Rafters got one in the eighth from a Christian Jones (Campbell) double, but the Bombers put up five in the ninth as they went on to win the game.
Kenosha 5, Kalamazoo 4 (10 Innings)
The Kenosha Kingfish needed ten innings to defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 5-4. The Growlers scored first in the bottom half of the opening inning when Jeff Riedel (Ball State) scored an unearned run. Andrew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) put Kalamazoo up two in the second from a sac fly. Kenosha took the lead with four in the seventh which started from Connor Doyle (San Diego) hitting a two-run double. Two RBI singles sent in two more, but Kalamazoo got one back in the bottom half. The Growlers then forced extra innings in the bottom of the ninth when Riedel scored again. Kenosha answered in the tenth when Jesse Wilkening (Nebraska) scored on a sac fly for the eventual game winner.
Madison 7, Green Bay 5
The Madison Mallards fought all night with the Green Bay Bullfrogs and pulled ahead to win 7-5. The Mallards took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Frogs responded for three when Ben Hart (Oakland) went deep. Riley Smith (Minnesota) then put the Bullfrogs up by two from an RBI single in the third. The Mallards took advantage of walks in the fifth as they sent four home to take the lead. The Frogs got one in the sixth, but Madison tacked on an insurance run in the eighth and held Green Bay scoreless for the rest of the game to go on to win it. Leadoff man for the Mallards, Cole Daily (Notre Dame), got on three times and scored each time. David Vinsky (Northwood) doubled in tonight’s win and drove in two runs as Maverick Handley (Stanford) drew three walks and drove in a pair himself.
Schedule for July 13:
Wisconsin @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Madison (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ Willmar (7:05 PM)