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Battle Creek Picks Up Key Doubleheader Sweep As Rapids Loses Twice

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters got swept today against the Wisconsin Woodchucks to put Rapids losing streak four. Battle Creek has now won four in a row including a sweep of the Kalamazoo Growlers as they now sit five game behind the first-place Rafters in the overall South Standings. Mankato and St. Cloud both had the day off and Waterloo took one game of their doubleheader today to push the Rox a half game back of first. Willmar snapped their winning streak and got swept and are now tied with Eau Claire in the second half standings as the Express has won seven in a row.

Madison 11, Rockford 4 (Game 1)

The Madison Mallards took the lead in the fourth and never looked back as they defeated the Rockford Rivets 11-4. Rockford scored right away in the bottom of the first when Brian Klein (Texas Tech) drove in two from the long ball Madison got on the board with a run from a sac fly which scored Maverick Handley (Stanford) in the third. Madison finally took the lead when Andrew Baker (Florida) singled in a run and Thomas Smart (Oakton) drove in two from a double. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the sixth as the Mallards got two from a double and Rockford scored on a ground out and an error. The Mallards got three more in the eighth from Cole Daily (Notre Dame) who drove in two from an error and one more scored on a single. Madison got two more in the top of the ninth and then sent Rockford down in-order to end the game.

Fond du Lac, Green Bay (Game 1)

Postponed to: August 13, 3:05 PM

Waterloo 3, Bismarck 9 (Game 1)

The Bismarck Larks scored early and often today as they went on to defeated the Waterloo Bucks 9-3. The Larks got on the board right away in the opening inning when Ryan Anderson (UC Davis) doubled in a run. Waterloo tied it in the second as Jake Viaene (Southern Miss.) singled in a run, but Connor Perry (Pittsburgh) hit a grand slam for the Larks in the bottom half. Bismarck added another in the third from a wild pitch, but Waterloo stayed in it with a pair in the fifth from an inning that had one error. Bismarck got the bases loaded in the bottom half and scored Scooter Bynum (Northern Illinois) on a sac flyout. Bismarck added two more in the eighth from a bases loaded hit by pitch and an RBI ground out which would go on to be the final score.

Battle Creek 3, Kalamazoo 2 (Game 1)

The Battle Creek Bombers came back in the top of the ninth and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 3-2. Kalamazoo got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Jeff Riedel (Ball State) scored on an RBI ground out. Kalamazoo got another in the seventh on a sacrifice that scored Ryan Orr (San Diego State). JR Holloway (Oklahoma City) started for the Growlers and threw seven scoreless innings on only one hit and four walks while striking out six. George Lamb (Texas Rio Grande) then threw a scoreless eighth to give Kalamazoo a two-run lead going into the ninth. Alex Howard (Arkansas State) went deep to put Battle Creek on the board. Aaron Antonini (Middle Tennessee State) then drove in two from a double to give the Bombers the lead. Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) pitched the final two innings scoreless for Battle Creek to end the game.

Thunder Bay 3, Duluth 10 (Game 1)

The Duluth Huskies used a six-run seventh inning to pull ahead of the Thunder Bay Border Cats and win 10-3. Gabriel Lozada (Hillsborough CC) knocked in two for Thunder Bay from a single to get them on the board in the third. Duluth then took the lead in the fourth from a three-run shot by Luke Roskam (Nebraska). The Huskies added another in the sixth form an RBI single and then broke it open in the seventh. Chase Strumpf (UCLA) got things going while driving in two from a dinger. Two doubles, a sac fly and wild pitch scored the rest. Nick Ely (Notre Dame) kept the Border Cats alive in the top of the ninth from an RBI single, but Duluth got the next three outs to end the game.

Wisconsin 15, Wisconsin Rapids 5 (Game 1)

The Wisconsin Woodchucks powered in the first three innings and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 15-5. The Woodchucks went ahead by four right away in the first inning when Hunter Coleman (Texas A&M) singled in a run. Yeager Taylor (UC Riverside) followed with another RBI single and Jackson Owens (Texas A&M-CC) knocked in two from a triple. Wisconsin tacked on a pair in the second and then then four more in the third which started from an RBI single by Nolan Ryan and was followed later by another RBI single from Stevie Mangrum (Virginia Tech). Coleman then followed him with an RBI double for run number ten of the game. Rapids got on the board with an RBI single by Bryson Stott (UNLV) in the bottom half. The Woodchucks added a pair in the fifth from an error and a wild pitch. Rapids got one in the sixth from a home run by Jake Guenther (Sacramento City CC), but Wisconsin got two in the seventh. The Rafters wouldn’t go away as they got three in the eighth, but they went down in-order in the ninth to end the game.

La Crosse 7, Rochester 0 (Game 1)

The La Crosse Loggers used two pitchers to shutout the Rochester Honkers 7-0 today. The Loggers got one right away in the top half of the opening inning when Garrett Christman (Butler) hit an RBI single. La Crosse added another four in the fourth from a sac flyout and a bases clearing double by Jake Hirabayashi (UCLA). The Loggers scored an unearned run on an error by the third baseman in the eighth and another from a dinger by Dashon Moore (South Suburban) in the top of the ninth. Mike Echavia (Nevada) led off the bottom half for Rochester with a single, but the next two out of three got out to end the game.

Lakeshore 2, Kenosha 12 (Game 1)

The Kenosha Kingfish answered in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth as they went on to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 12-2. Jack Dunn (Northwestern) got the scoring going in the top of the fourth for the Chinooks with an RBI single. Michael Sinks (Central Missouri) then tied the game for Kenosha in the bottom half as he drove in one from a sac flyout. The Kingfish took the lead with two in the fifth including an RBI single by Jesse Wilkening (Nebraska). Derek Bangert (Bradley) added three more from the long ball in the sixth for the Kingfish. Lakeshore got one in the seventh form a wild pitch, but Kenosha broke it open with six in the bottom half. A wild pitch scored the first and Mike Madej (Purdue) doubled in two. Bangert added two more from a single and another single tacked on the 12th run. Sage Bruhl (Madison College) went on to throw the final two scoreless in only his third appearance to end the game.

Willmar 7, Eau Claire 13 (Game 1)

The Eau Claire Express held off a late rally from the Willmar Express in the eighth and won the game 13-7. The Express put up a pair of runs in the first inning when Zach Ashford (Fresno State) singled in a run and Luke Bandy (Dallas Baptist) doubled one in. Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) led off the second with a home run to put the Stingers on the board, but Eau Claire drew a bases loaded walk in bottom half. Eau Claire put up a five-run inning in the third which started from a bases loaded walk. Ashford doubled in two and Bandy struck again with two from a single. The Express put up one more in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Express added a pair in the seventh, but Willmar wouldn’t go away. The Stingers drew a walk with the bases loaded and scored the next from an error and fielder’s choice. Nolan Bumstead (CSUN) drove in three from a double for number six. Willmar then loaded the bases with no outs, but the Express got the next two guys to strike out as the third batter bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Thunder Bay 7, Duluth 3 (Game 2)

The Thunder Bay Border Cats took the lead in the top of the ninth which proved to be enough as they defeated the Duluth Huskies 7-3. The Border Cats got on the board first in the third when Andy Weber (Virginia) singled in a run. The Huskies tied the game in the fifth when Alec Abercrombie (NDSU) scored on a sac flyout. The Border Cats retook the lead in the seventh from a bases loaded walk, but Duluth turned the tables again from an RBI single by Isaac Collins (Creighton) and a sac flyout. The Border Cats finally broke it open and took the lead for good in the top of the ninth with five runs. Weber started things with an RBI single and he scored later that inning from another RBI single. Noah Strohl (Grossmont) then singled in two more which would end up being the final score.

Green Bay 3, Fond du Lac 6 (Game 2)

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders came back from an early deficit and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 6-3. The Frogs scored all their runs in the second as Dan Leckie (Lafayette) went deep for two and Riley Smith (Minnesota) drove in one from a single. Gunnar Kay (Illinois-Springfield) pitched 5.1 scoreless in relief for the Dock Spiders to keep them in the game. Matt Goytia (Riverside CC) got the start for Green Bay and threw six scoreless innings on only two hits and three walks. Fondy got to their bullpen as they tied it in the seventh when Brandon Wulff (Stanford) tripled in two and he later scored from an RBI single. The Spiders then took the lead with another three in the eighth as Chris Cornelius (Missouri) knocked in two from a single and he scored on an error. Ian Kinney (Tufts) then pitched the final two scoreless for Fondy as he got the win and ended the game.

Wisconsin Rapids 9, Wisconsin 10 (12 Innings) (Game 2)

The Wisconsin Woodchucks needed 12 innings to get ahead of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and defeat them 10-9. The Chucks scored first in the opening inning when Hunter Coleman (Texas A&M) doubled in a run. Dustin Woodcock (SIU-Edwardsville) then tied the game for Rapids with a home run in the second. Rapids added two more in the third from a single by Bryson Stott (UNLV). The Rafters got another two in the fourth form a two-run single, but Wisconsin broke it open with seven in the bottom half. A bases loaded walk got things going as James Davison (Miami) followed with a two-run single. Both teams traded runs in the fifth and Rapids got one in the sixth and two in the eighth which eventually would force extras. Then with one out in the bottom of the 12th, Tristan Clarke (New Orleans) reached on an error which sent home Nolan Ryan for the game-winner.

Kenosha 10, Lakeshore 7 (Game 2)

The Kenosha Kingfish used the middle innings to pull ahead of the Lakeshore Chinooks and win 10-7. The Kingfish got on the board right away when Mike Madej (Purdue) started the game with a home run. Lakeshore then took the lead with a pair in the bottom half which started from an RBI single by Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas) and an RBI double by Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State). The Kingfish took the lead again in the fourth which started from Cameron Comer (Virginia) going deep as an RBI triple and single followed. Derek Bangert (Bradley) then drove in two from a single to start a five-run fifth inning. Lakeshore got four in the bottom half from a grand slam by Richardson, but Kenosha added another in the eighth. Then with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Matthew Mika (Central Florida) went deep, but the next two guys struck out to end the game.

Rockford 15, Madison 11 (Game 2)

The Rockford Rivets survived a high-scoring game with the Madison Mallards as they went on to win 15-11. The Rivets got a pair in the opening inning when Brynn Martinez (Quincy) scored on an error and Zach Rheams (Texas Tech) went home on a sac flyout. Both teams traded runs in the second as the Mallards got on the board with a dinger by David Vinksy (Northwood). Anthony Forte (LSU) cleared the bases for Rockford in the third from a triple. The Mallards then got four in the fourth to come within one which started from a Thomas Smart (Oakton) RBI single. The Rivets added another three in the fifth, but Madison stayed in the game with one in the bottom half. Logan Michaels (Madison College) extended the Rivets’ lead in the sixth with a two-run single and another came from a pass ball. Another three came in the seventh for Rockford, but Madison got three of their own in their half of the inning. With Rockford up six in the bottom of the ninth, two runs came home on an error for Madison, but the final batter struck out to end the game.

Rochester 3, La Crosse 7 (Game 2)

The La Crosse Loggers did all their damage in the beginning of the game and went on to defeat the Rochester Honkers 7-3. The Loggers got their first in the bottom half of the opening inning when Kennie Taylor (Duke) scored on a sac fly. Taylor then delivered in the second with a two-out, two-run triple and then scored on a single. La Crosse got another in the third from and RBI single, but Rochester responded in the fourth. Mike Echavia (Nevada) knocked one in from a triple and he scored from a dropped third strike. The Loggers though got both runs back in the fifth from a dinger by Garrett Christman (Butler). The Honkers would end up getting one more in the eighth from an RBI ground out, but they went scoreless in the ninth to end the game.

Waterloo 5, Bismarck 1 (Game 2)

The Waterloo Bucks picked up key runs in the final two innings as they went on to win 5-1. The Bucks scored right away in the opening inning when Brandon Gutzler (Murray State) singled in a run. They picked up their second in the fifth when Charlie Concannon (Saint Josephs) advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac flyout. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) pitched the first 5.1 scoreless for Waterloo as he only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out 10. The Bucks got another in the eighth form an RBI single and two more in the ninth on an RBI ground out and a single. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Quinn Irey (Jamestown) drove in Scooter Bynum (Northern Illinois) from a sac fly for Bismarck, but the next guy struck out to end the game.

Willmar 0, Eau Claire 3 (Game 2)

The Eau Claire Express got a complete game shutout from Luke Eldred (Dallas Baptist) in a 3-0 victory over the Willmar Stingers. The Express scored right away in the bottom half of the opening inning when Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) singled in a run. Luke Bandy (Dallas Baptist) drove in one in the third from a single and Zach Gilles (Central Michigan) got one of his own in the next inning. The Stingers went to their bullpen in the sixth and got scoreless baseball from Stone Kelly (Georgia Gwinnett) and Alex Reyes (New Mexico State), but didn’t get any run support. Eldred finished his night only allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two as he picked up his third win.

Kalamazoo 4, Battle Creek 7 (Game 2)

The Battle Creek Bombers survived a late rally by the Kalamazoo Growlers and won the game 7-4. Andrew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) put the Growlers on the board first in the opening as he singled in a run. The Bombers got a pair in the fourth to take the lead when Nikola Vasic (McHenry CC) scored on a hit by pitch and Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) drew a bases loaded walk. Kalamazoo tied it in the sixth with an RBI single by Jeff Riedel (Ball State) before Huff was thrown out on the base paths. JD Mundy (Virginia Tech) drove in two from a single to give Battle Creek the lead back and he later scored on a single. The Bombers got two more in the eighth from a double, but the Growlers weren’t done. They got two RBI singles to come within three, but the next guy flew out to end the game.

 

Schedule for July 27:

Mankato @ Duluth (6:35 PM)

Rockford @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Waterloo @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Kalamazoo @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)

Madison @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)

Rochester @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

Kenosha @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

Bismarck @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)