The Willmar Stingers won their current league best sixth game in a row and have now forced a tie with Mankato and Waterloo for first in the overall North Division Standings. Rockford now sits on top of the South Division second half standings alone from their fifth straight victory in a one-run victory over Rapids.
Madison 11, Fond du Lac 5
The Madison Mallards put up big numbers in the first four innings as they went on to defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 11-5. Madison put up three right away as Thomas Smart (Oakton) singled in two and Andrew Baker (Florida) drove in one from a double. Fondy got one in the bottom half from a Nick Fortes (Ole Miss) single. The Mallards got two more in the second, but the Spiders got another in the bottom half. Madison then broke it open with four in the fourth which featured a single by Doran Turchin (Illinois) that scored two on errors and back-to-back walks with the bases loaded. Madison tacked on another in the sixth, but Fondy managed three in the seventh. K.V. Edwards (Missouri) got things started with the long ball to open up the inning. The Mallards added one more insurance run in the ninth from an RBI single which would go on to be the final score.
La Crosse 8, Duluth 4
The La Crosse Loggers added insurance runs and prevented a rally from the Duluth Huskies in the ninth as they went on to win 8-4. La Crosse got on the board first in the second when Luke Rasmussen (Long Beach State) scored on a sac flyout. The Huskies tied it with a home run in the fourth from Dean Nevarez (San Diego State), but La Crosse retook the lead with an RBI triple by Kennie Taylor (Duke). La Crosse then got an RBI double by Jeremy Ydens (UCLA) and a two-run double from Ryan Mantle (Jefferson CC) in the sixth. Duluth added one in the seventh from an RBI single, and another in the eighth, but La Crosse got three more in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Rob Emery (San Francisco) singled in a run, but the next two guys got out to end the game.
Wisconsin Rapids 3, Rockford 4
The Rockford Rivets held off a late rally from the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters as they won the game 4-3. The Rivets scored a pair of runs in the third which started with Zach Rheams (Texas Tech) singling in a run and Brett Whelton (McNeese State) following him with one of his own. Rockford went up four in the fourth from an RBI ground out and an RBI triple by Neal Tyrell (Lewis). Rapids finally got on the board in the fifth as Jared Nelson (Phoenix College) hit an RBI single and he scored on a Ryan Stekl (Canisius) sac fly. Then with two outs in the top of the ninth, Stekl kept Rapids alive with an RBI single, but the next batter flew out to end the game.
Kalamazoo 1, Lakeshore 6
The Lakeshore Chinooks struck in the first three innings and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 6-1. The Chinooks scored twice in the opening from sac flyouts that sent home Matthew Mika (Central Florida) and Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois). Lakeshore got another in the second from an RBI single by Connor Kimple (Oklahoma State) and then two more in the next inning from a single and double. Kalamazoo got on the board in the fourth with one from a run-scoring single by Andrew Huff (Middle Tennessee State). Lakeshore then got one more in the fifth from a wild pitch. Aaron Winkler (Richmond) threw seven and only gave up one unearned run on three hits and one walk while striking out three. Luke Sommerfeld (Saint Louis) threw the final two for the Chinooks to end the game.
Rochester 7, Willmar 8
The Willmar Stingers walked it off in the bottom of the ninth as they defeated the Rochester Honkers 8-7. Both teams traded runs in the first as Konnor Zickefoose (UC Irvine) doubled in a run for Rochester and Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) singled in one for Willmar. They did it again in the second when Mike Echavia (Nevada) went deep and the Stingers got a sac flyout. Rochester got another home run to take the lead in the fourth from a solo shot by Kenyon Yovan (Oregon). They traded a pair of runs in the fifth which included a big two-run double by Marcus Still (New Mexico State) in the bottom half. The stingers took the lead with a pair in the sixth, but Rochester tied it in the seventh and then took the lead in the top of the ninth. Willmar then tied it from an RBI triple by Luke Becker (Kentucky) and eventually won the game when he scored on a sac flyout from Josh Bissonette (Baylor).
Eau Claire 4, Mankato 1
The Eau Claire Express used two early runs to go on and defeat the Mankato MoonDogs 4-1. Eau Claire right away in the opening inning when Zach Gilles (Central Michigan) and Zach Ashford (Fresno State) came home on RBI ground outs. Mankato got on the board with an RBI single by Alvaro Rubalcaba (CSUN), but the Express scored again in the fourth from two errors. Ashford then delivered one home for Eau Claire in the fifth with a single. Lane Ramsey (Oklahoma) threw a strong seven innings for the Express and only allowed the one run on five hits to get the win. Two guys pitched out of the Eau Claire bullpen including Victor Chavez (Scottsdale CC) who converted his eighth save.
Wisconsin 5, Kenosha 10
The Kenosha Kingfish finally pulled away from the Wisconsin Woodchucks and won the game 10-5. Wisconsin scored first in the opening inning when James Davison (Miami) came home on a fielder’s choice. Kenosha responded to take the lead in the bottom half when Connor Doyle (San Diego) scored on a wild pitch and Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) came home on an error. Both teams then traded runs in the second, but Wisconsin took the lead with two from a triple by Hunter Coleman in the fourth. The Kingfish finally took the lead for good in the bottom half from an RBI fielder’s choice and an error. The Kingfish then tacked on three in the fifth when Mike Madej (Purdue) went deep. Kenosha added another when Madej drew a walk to drive in another in the sixth. The Woodchucks got one in the eighth, but the Kingfish responded to get one themselves. Billy McKay (Florida) then came on to pitch a scoreless ninth for Kenosha and end the game.
Waterloo 1, Bismarck 6
The Waterloo Bucks broke a tie in the second and never looked back as they won 6-1. The Larks scored first in the opening inning when Connor Perry (Pittsburgh) scored on an RBI ground out. Waterloo tied it in the top of the second when Jake Viaene (Southern Miss.) scored on an RBI ground out. The Larks then took the lead in the bottom half from an error by the second basemen. The game then went scoreless until the sixth when Cooper Coldiron (Houston) doubled in a run which was followed by a run from a wild pitch. Two more came for Bismarck in the seventh from another error which would end up being the final score.
Thunder Bay 7, St. Cloud 6
The Thunder Bay Border Cats avoided minimal damage in the seventh from the St. Cloud Rox as they won the game 7-6. Both teams traded runs in the second as the Border Cats got a sac fly from Dayne Sommer (Central Oklahoma) and Cameron Blaquiere (Western Carolina) came home on a bases loaded hit by pitch for the Rox. Both teams got two-run home runs in the fourth as Jean-Francois Garon went deep for Thunder Bay and Shane Selman (McNeese State) went yard for St. Cloud. Thunder Bay took the lead with a run in the fifth, and two more in the sixth. Garon scored on a sac flyout for Thunder Bay in the seventh, but St. Cloud wasn’t done. In the bottom half they got three including two from a double by Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Techa), but the Rox didn’t get any more in the final two innings as the Border Cats went on to win the game.
Green Bay 4, Battle Creek 12
The Battle Creek Bombers got 11 in the first four innings as they went on to defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 12-4. The Bombers got on the board first with four in the first including a three-run shot by Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech). They added three more in the next inning which two came from the long ball by JD Mundy (Virginia Tech). Another four came for the Bombers in the fourth which started from Justin Felix (Arkansas State) singling in two. Kyle Benyo (Youngstown State) put the Frogs on the board with a dinger in the fifth, but Alex Howard (Arkansas State) hit one of his own in the bottom half for Battle Creek. The Bullfrogs wouldn’t go away as they got two in the sixth and one in the seventh, but Wyatt Cross (Indiana) threw a scoreless ninth to end the game for the Bombers.
Schedule for July 26:
Madison @ Rockford (11 AM) (Game 1)
Fond du Lac @ Green Bay (11:05 AM) (Game 1)
Waterloo @ Bismarck (11:05 AM) (Game 1)
Battle Creek @ Kalamazoo (11:05 AM) (Game 1)
Thunder Bay @ Duluth (12:05 PM) (Game 1)
Wisconsin @ Wisconsin Rapids (12:05 PM) (Game 1)
La Crosse @ Rochester (12:05 PM) (Game 1)
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (12:05 PM) (Game 1)
Willmar @ Eau Claire (1:05 PM) (Game 1)
Thunder Bay @ Duluth (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Green Bay @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Kenosha @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Rockford @ Madison (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Rochester @ La Crosse (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Waterloo @ Bismarck (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Willmar @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Kalamazoo @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM) (Game 2)