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Express Wins 8th Straight, Takes lead in Second Half Standings

The Eau Claire Express now holds a game lead in the second half North Standings after winning their eighth straight in a 10-1 victory over Waterloo. Mankato bounced back and defeated Duluth as they still lead by a half game in the overall standings. Wisconsin Rapids snapped their four-game skid, but Battle Creek won. The Bombers now lead in the second half standings by a half game and are five from Rapids in the overall.

Mankato 3, Duluth 1

The Mankato MoonDogs scored three late to pull away and defeat the Duluth Huskies 3-1. The Huskies got on the board in the fourth when Andrew Robinson (Western Carolina) singled in a run. Nick Schneider (UCLA) started for Duluth and threw five scoreless innings until Ethan Valdez (Nicholls State) drove in a run from a sac flyout. Mankato took the lead then in the eighth when Kyle Cuellar (UCLA) drove one in from a single. Brett Newberg (Austin Peay) hung in there long enough for Mankato as he threw eight and only allowed the one run and earned himself the win. Mankato tacked on one in the ninth form a sac flyout as Joey Gerber (Illinois) threw a scoreless ninth to get the save.

Rockford 1, Lakeshore 4

The Lakeshore Chinooks tied it in the third and took the lead in the fourth as they went on to defeat the Rockford Rivets 4-1. The Rivets scored first in the third when Hunter Feduccia (LSU) scored on an error. Lakeshore then managed to tie it right away in the bottom half from a wild pitch. They took the lead in the bottom of the fourth from a double by Jack Dunn (Northwestern) which scored Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) and never looked back. Alec Marsh (UCLA) threw a complete game for the Chinooks as he only gave up the unearned run. Dunn then scored in the seventh from a double and Mallek scored again in the eighth from a single which went onto be the final score.

Waterloo 1, Eau Claire 10

The Eau Claire Express held the Waterloo Bucks to just one run in the seventh as they went on to win 10-1. The Express got two right away when Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) went deep in the bottom of the first. Eau Claire drove in one in the second from an RBI double and then added five in the fifth. They got things going with a bases loaded walk which was followed by an RBI double from Garrett Wolforth (Dallas Baptist) and an RBI single by Justin Evans (Columbus State). Waterloo got their one in the seventh from Dalton Hurd (Seattle) scoring on an error, but the Express got two in the bottom half. Drew Gillespie (New Mexico) threw seven and only gave up the one unearned run and Jake Sommers (UW Milwaukee) threw the final two for Eau Claire.

Fond du Lac 2, Wisconsin 1

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders used runs in the middle innings to build a lead and defeat the Wisconsin Woodchuck 2-1. Fondy scored first in the fourth when Aaron Goecks (SIUE) singled in a run. They added one more in the sixth from Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) scoring on a sac flyout. Jack Collins (Central Michigan) got the start for the Dock Spiders and threw a scoreless six innings with only six hits and two walks while striking out five. Drew Hanson (Abilene Christian) threw seven for Wisconsin, but didn’t get any run support. The Woodchucks finally scored in the eighth when Yeager Taylor (UC Riverside) drove in one from a double. Connor Johnson (Catawba) then threw a scoreless ninth for the Spiders and picked up second save.

Kalamazoo 3, Battle Creek 8

The Battle Creek Bombers poured it on the Kalamazoo Growlers all game as they went on to win 8-3. The Bombers scored right away as Justin Felix (Arkansas State) drove in one from a single in the bottom of the first. Battle Creek got another in the third and then two in the fourth which started from an RBI single by Cody Hawken (Portland). Battle Creek went up four in the fifth and added another in the seventh from a pass ball. Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) doubled in a run in the eighth as he scored later a ground out. Dakota Edwards (Cal State Stanislaus) threw eighth scoreless for the Bombers on only five hits and one walk. Kalamazoo finally got on the board in the ninth when Jason Sullivan (Central Michigan) scored on an RBI ground out and two more came from an error, but the final guy struck out to end the game.

Madison 1, Wisconsin Rapids 2

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used the middle innings to take the lead and defeat the Madison Mallards 2-1. Madison got on the board in the third when Andrew Baker (Florida) knocked in one from a single. Isaiah Carranza (Oregon) then settled in for Rapids and threw seven innings, only allowing the one run on five hits and one walks while striking out five. The Rafters tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Bryson Stott (UNLV) scored on a wild pitch and took the lead in the fifth from an error. Mason McReaken (SIUE) threw one and Layne Henderson (Azusa Pacific) finished it for Rapids as he got his 14th save.

La Crosse 6, Thunder Bay 7 (11 Innings)

The Thunder Bay Border Cats needed 11 innings to come back and defeat the La Crosse Loggers 7-6. The Border Cats got three in the bottom of the first when Noah Strohl (Grossmont) and Kevin Biondic (Maryland) bot went deep. Thunder Bay went up five when Strohl knocked in a run from a single and the second came from a sac flyout. The Loggers came within one in the fourth when David Villar (South Florida) hit a three-run shot and Ryan Mantle (Jefferson CC) singled in a run. La Crosse then tied it in the eighth from a bases loaded walk and went up one in the ninth from a single. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Biondic knocked tied it with a single, but Strohl was thrown out at home to force extras. Biondic then reached on an error in the bottom of the eleventh with no outs which scored the game-winning run.

Rochester 7, Willmar 4

The Rochester Honkers held off late efforts from the Willmar Stingers as they won the game 7-4. The Honkers scored three in the fourth when Ryan Fitzpatrick (UC Irvine) came home on an error and David Noworyta (Hawaii) crossed on a fielder’s choice as the third scored on an RBI ground out. Rochester scored another three in the sixth on Kenyon Yovan (Oregon) doubling in a run as he scored from a single and another came home on a sac flyout. Willmar got on the board with two in the bottom half when Josh Bissonette (Baylor) crossed on a sac flyout Luke Becker (Kentucky) got hit with the bases loaded. Both teams traded runs in the seventh and the Stingers got one in the eighth, but the side was retired in the ninth to end the game.

Kenosha 12, Green Bay 4

The Kenosha Kingfish survived four early runs as they came back and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 12-4. The Frogs got pair of runs in the first when Troy Johnston (Gonzaga) went deep. Green Bay then got two more in the second from a wild pitch and an RBI double by Mikey Filia (UC Irvine). Kenosha then got on the board when Mike Madej (Purdue) singled in a run. The Bombers took the lead in the fourth with four which started from Austin Bodrato (Florida) going deep for two. Battle Creek really broke it open in the fifth when they hung seven. Nick Kanavas (Kent State) drove in the first with a single and he later scored on a two-run double. Madej hit an RBI double and another single followed him which ended up being the final score.

Bismarck 1, St. Cloud 2

The St. Cloud Rox walked it off in the bottom of the ninth as they defeated the Bismarck Larks 2-1. Both teams got on the board in the second as Newt Johnson (South Dakota State) led off the inning with a home run for the Rox and Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) doubled in a run for Bismarck. From there both starters settled in. Andy Lalonde (Southern New Hampshire) threw seven for the Larks and only gave up the one run on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) started for the Rox and threw six on one run, four hits, three walks and eight strike outs. Brent Killam (Georgetown) threw a scoreless ninth for the Rox to put him in line for the win. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Daniel Schneemann (BYU) drew a walk with the bases loaded to score the game-winning run.

 

Schedule for July 28:

Wisconsin Rapids @ Madison (5 PM)

Wisconsin @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)

Lakeshore @ Rockford (6:35 PM)

Mankato @ Duluth (6:35 PM)

Battle Creek @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)

Waterloo @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM)

Bismarck @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

Rochester @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

Kenosha @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Madison (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)