Honkers hold off a late rally by the Bucks
Waterloo and St. Cloud are tied again in the North as the Rox defeated Eau Claire and the Bucks fell to Rochester. Mankato won their third in a row to move two games back from first place in the overall standings. The Lakeshore Chinooks are now tied with Battle Creek for first in the second half standings with their fourth straight win as Rapids lost their second in a row.
Wisconsin 8, Rockford 7
The Wisconsin Woodchucks held off a late rally by the Rockford Rivets and won 8-7. The Rivets scored right away in the bottom of the first when Hunter Feduccia (LSU) went deep. The Chucks took the lead in the second when Ivan Nunez (Hillsborough CC) singled in a run. Wisconsin took the lead with four in the third from an error that scored two and an RBI triple by James Davison (Miami). The Chucks added one in the fourth, but Patrick Loeffler (Indiana) hit a three-run home run to bring Rockford within two. The Chucks scored twice more in the sixth and the Rivets got one in the bottom half. The Rivets got a triple in the seventh from Feduccia to come within two. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Loeffler scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch, but the next batter struck out to end the game.
Kalamazoo 11, Kenosha 13
The Kenosha Kingfish hung seven runs in the eighth to pull away and defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 13-11. Jesse Wilkening (Nebraska) got things going right away for Kenosha with an RBI single. Kalamazoo took the lead with a pair of runs in the second from an RBI double by Christian Moya (USC). The Kingfish answered to retake the lead with three in the bottom half. Both teams then traded runs in the fourth as the Growlers got an RBI ground out and the Kingfish got a solo shot by Connor Doyle (San Diego). Kalamazoo came within one in the fifth and then took the lead with three in the sixth. Kenosha got one in the seventh while Kalamazoo got four more in the top of the eighth. Kenosha then exploded for seven in the bottom half to take the lead for good. Tim Millard (Dallas Baptist) got things going with an RBI double and he scored on an RBI single. Derek Bangert (Bradley) ended the inning hitting a two-run double to give the Kingfish the eventual final score.
Lakeshore 8, Madison 4
The Lakeshore Chinooks scored three insurance runs late as they went onto defeat the Madison Mallards 8-4. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the opening inning as Rylan Thomas (Central Florida) hit a two-run shot for the Chinooks while Cole Daily (Notre Dame) went yard and Doran Turchin (Illinois) scored on a single for Madison. The Chinooks took the lead in the second when Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas) led off the second with a home run. Lakeshore then added another in the third and one more in the sixth. Madison answered to come within one it in the bottom half when Turchin went yard. The Chinooks then added three insurance runs in the eighth when they got one from an error and two from back-to-back RBI singles which would go on to be the final score.
Eau Claire 4, St. Cloud 5
The St. Cloud Rox defeated the Eau Claire Express 5-4 in walk-off fashion tonight. The Rox scored first in the bottom half of the opening inning when Keaton Kringlen (BYU) hit an RBI single. St. Cloud added two in the third from another RBI single by Kringlen and an RBI groundout. The Express tied the game in the fourth from a three-run single by Rudy Rott (Ohio) that eventually advanced Rott to third from an error. Kringlen then hit his third run scoring single in the fifth, but the Express answered to tie it again in the seventh from an RBI double. Then with one out in the bottom of the ninth and a runner on second, Drew Avans (SE Louisiana) singled to drive in the game winning run.
Green Bay 4, Wisconsin Rapids 2
The Green Bay Bullfrogs broke a tie as they scored twice in the ninth and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4-2. Rapids scored first in the second when Jacson McGowan (Purdue) scored on a bases loaded walk. The Rafters added one more in the fifth when Bryson Stott (UNLV) hit an RBI single. Quinn DiPasquale (SIT) threw five scoreless for Rapids until the Frogs tied the game in the sixth from a two-run single by Riley Smith (Minnesota). It was the bullpen that shined for the Bullfrogs as Nick Parr (Oakland) pitched two scoreless for the win and Darren Kelly (Alabama State) got the save from a scoreless ninth. Ben Hart (Oakland) then went deep to put Green Bay up two which ended up resulting in the game winner.
Fond du Lac 3, Battle Creek 4
The Battle Creek Bombers broke a tie in the bottom of the eighth and defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 4-3. The Bombers scored first in the third when Alex Howard (Arkansas State) scored on an error by the catcher. Battle Creek added two more in the fourth from an RBI double by Cody Hawken (Portland) and an RBI single from Nick Menken (Virginia Tech) a batter later. Fondy got on the board with a pair of runs in the sixth when Thomas Luevano (Creighton) scored from an error and Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) singled in a run. The Spiders tied the game in the eighth from an RBI single, but Aaron Antonini (Middle Tennessee State) hit his own RBI single for the Bombers in the bottom half for the eventual game winner.
Waterloo 10, Rochester 11
The Rochester Honkers held off a late rally by the Waterloo Bucks and won 11-10. Both teams led off their half of the first with home runs as Zach Malis (Grand Canyon) went deep for Waterloo and Morgan McCullough (Oregon) hit one out for Rochester. The Bucks took the lead with five in the next inning which started from Jake Viaene (Southern Miss.) scoring on an error. Rochester answered to get four back in the bottom half as Griffin Neuer (Bellarmine) hit a dinger to drive two in. The Bucks increased their lead to four in the third which included a solo shot by Viaene. The Honkers kept it within one with three of their own in the bottom half which brought runs across from an error, wild pitch and an RBI single. The Honkers took the lead with two in the fifth from a two-run shot by Kenyon Yovan (Oregon). Rochester added another in the seventh, but Waterloo responded with one in the ninth from a Joe Genord (South Florida) solo shot. Garrett Cobb (Seminole State) then got the next two batters to strike out to end the game while converting his eighth save.
Bismarck 3, Thunder Bay 1
The Bismarck Larks held the Thunder Bay Border Cats to just one inning of scoring as they won 3-1. The Larks scored first with one in the opening inning when Connor Perry (Pittsburgh) came home from a wild pitch. Bismarck then got two more in the fourth when Scooter Bynum (Northern Illinois) scored on a sac fly and Wyatt Ulrich (St. Johns (MN)) hit an RBI single. Andy Lalonde (Southern New Hampshire) threw five scoreless for the Larks until he gave up the lone run of the game when Noah Strohl (Grossmont) scored from an RBI ground out. The next two pitchers for Bismarck threw the final three scoreless as Jeff Lindgren (Illinois State) converted his fifth save.
La Crosse 7, Mankato 11
The Mankato MoonDogs score seven late to pull ahead and defeat the La Crosse Loggers 11-7. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the opening inning when David Villar (South Florida) hit a two-run shot for the Loggers and Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) knocked in two from a single for Mankato. The Loggers went ahead by three in the fourth which started from a solo shot by Jake Hirabayashi (UCLA). The MoonDogs came back to get one back in the bottom half from an error by the center fielder. Mankato got another back in the fifth from an RBI single. Mankato then exploded for five in the sixth as three scored unearned, Drew Fearing (NDSU) doubled and Kyle Cuellar (UCLA) singled. The MoonDogs would tack two more on in the eighth which would go onto be the final score.
Duluth 1, Willmar 3
The Willmar Stingers scored twice in the eighth as they took the lead and defeated the Duluth Huskies 3-1. Duluth’s starter Piero Amador (Greensboro) threw three scoreless until Willmar scored in the fourth when Josh Bissonette (Baylor) hit an RBI single. Luke Chevalier (Northern State) pitched four scoreless until Isaac Collins (Creighton) knocked in a run from a fielder’s choice for Duluth to tie it up. The Stingers retook the lead for good after Chevalier was pulled with two in the eighth from back-to-back RBI singles by Bissonette and Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman). Connor Herd (Mercer) and Calvin Coker (Auburn) threw the next two scoreless as Herd got the win and Coker converted the save.
Schedule for July 14:
Madison @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Rochester @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Mankato (7:05 PM)