The Battle Creek Bombers won their sixth straight and are now 5.5 games back from Rapids in the Overall Standings. Eau Claire added game number nine to their winning streak as they still lead by a full game in the second half North Standings.
Wisconsin Rapids 9, Madison 6 (7 Innings) (Game 1)
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used a six run sixth inning to defeat the Madison Mallards in a 7 inning game. The Mallards scored first in the bottom of the first when Cole Daily (Notre Dame) scored on a sac flyout. Rapids responded when Dustin Woodcock (SIUE) scored on an RBI ground out in the second inning. The Rafters took the lead with one in the third and another in the top of the fourth. The Mallards tied it in the fourth from a dinger by Doran Turchin (Illinois). Madison took the lead in the fifth with three runs, but Rapids went up with six in the sixth. Nick Anderson (Texas A&M-CC) singled to get things going and the final two came from an error which ended up being the final score.
Wisconsin 5, Fond du Lac 6
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders held off a late rally from the Wisconsin Woodchucks and won the game 6-5. The Chucks got a pair in the second when two runs scored on an error by the second basemen. Fondy came within one in the fourth from an RBI ground out, and tied it in the fifth from Colin Ridout (Tennessee Wesleyan) scoring on a sac flyout. The Chucks took the lead with two in the sixth which started from a single by Hunter Coleman (Texas A&M). Fondy then posted three in the bottom half, and another in the to take the lead from a sac flyout. Wisconsin came within one from an error in the eighth, but the side was retired to end the game in the ninth.
Lakeshore 2, Rockford 4
The Rockford Rivets scored two early runs which helped them get ahead of the Lakeshore Chinooks and win the game 4-2. Rockford got on the board with two in the opening inning which started from an RBI single by Bren Spillane (Illinois). The got one from Hunter Feduccia (LSU) in the second, but Lakeshore got two more in the fourth. The Rivets came within one in the bottom half from a sac flyout, but Alex Baecevicius (South Suburban) and Zack Thomas (Chicago State) only allowed two runs combined to win the game for Rockford.
Mankato 12, Duluth 0
The Mankato MoonDogs got a shutout from three different pitchers as they defeated the Duluth Huskies 12-0. The MoonDogs scored three times in the top of the first which started from an RBI double and ended with a sac flyout. Mankato got two in the next innings from back-to-back RBI singles from Jake Shepski (Norte Dame) and Kyle Cuellar (UCLA). Mankato got another two in the sixth from an RBI double and then exploded for six in the six in the ninth. Ethan Valdez (Nicholls State) doubled in two to get the inning going as another two-run double ended the attack. Nicholas Belzer (Minnesota State) pitched for the MoonDogs as Addison Reed (Chipola) threw the final two to end the game.
Battle Creek 14, Kalamazoo 6
The Battle Creek Bombers prevented a late rally from the Kalamazoo Growlers and won the game 14-6. The Bombers got two right away from a Nick Walker (Austin Peay) home run. Aaron Antonini (Middle Tennessee State) led off the four-run second with a dinger and Alex Howard (Arkansas State) hit a three-run shot in the fifth. Kalamazoo got one in the sixth, but Cody Hawken (Portland) went deep in the seventh. Battle Creek got one in the ninth as the Growlers attempted a comeback with five in the bottom half, but the final guy grounded out to end the game.
Waterloo 5, Eau Claire 13
The Eau Claire Express used the third and seventh inning to pour it on the Waterloo Bucks 13-5. The Bucks scored a pair in the top of the third, but Eau Claire responded with a six spot in the bottom half. They added two more in the fifth and Waterloo got two in the sixth, but the Express came back with a five-run seventh. The Bucks got one late in the eighth, but the side was retired in the ninth to end the game. Justin Evans (Columbus State) led the Eau Claire offense while going 4-5 and Waterloo saw production from their number nine hitter Jackson Goplen (St. Cloud State) as he drove in 3 runs.
Bismarck 3, St. Cloud 7
The St. Cloud Rox powered over the Bismarck Larks 7-3 as they used a six-run third inning to help them. The Rox got one in the bottom of the second and then broke it open in the third from a two-run double by Michael Busch (UNC). Bismarck got one in the fourth and two in the eighth, but the side went down in the ninth to end the game.
Rochester 7, Willmar 10
The Willmar Stingers used nine runs early to get ahead and defeat the Rochester Honkers 10-7. Rochester scored one in the top half of the opening inning, but Willmar got three in the bottom half which started from an RBI single by Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman). Mike Echavia (Nevada) hit a home run for the Honkers in the second, but Willmar got another three in the bottom half. Rochester scored another single run in the fourth, but Rochester again put up three in response. Ryan Fitzpatrick (UC Irvine) hit a home run in the fifth for the Honkers and then added two in the seventh and one in the eighth, but Willmar got another in the bottom half. The Honkers then went down in-order in the ninth inning to end the game.
Kenosha 6, Green Bay 7
The Green Bay Bullfrogs walked it off in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Kenosha Kingfish 7-6. With Kenosha up 4-3 going into the ninth, The Kingfish got a pair in the top half of the inning, but Green Bay added four in the bottom half including Trent Bauer (Ellsworth CC) singling in the game-winning run.
Wisconsin Rapids 5, Madison 3 (7 Innings)
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters broke a tie in the top of the seventh and defeated the Madison Mallards 5-3. With the game tied at three going into the seventh inning, Dustin Woodcock (SIUE) knocked in two from a double which ended up being the game-winning run.
La Crosse 9, Thunder Bay 6
The La Crosse Loggers needed 10 innings to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 9-6. Both teams traded two runs in the third which when Kennie Taylor (Duke) scored on a dropped third strike for La Crosse and Andy Weber (Virginia) singled in a run. The Loggers took the lead in the fourth with one and another two in the fifth from a double. The Border Cats got one in the bottom half from a wild pitch and then a single, and both teams got on apiece in the sixth. Thunder Bay got two scoring in the ninth from an error to force extras. La Crosse finally took the lead an eventually won the game in the top of tenth which started from David Villar (South Florida) singling in a run.
Schedule for July 29:
Rockford @ Wisconsin (5:05 PM) (Game 1)
Rochester @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)
Mankato @ Thunder Bay (6:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Duluth (6:05 PM) (Game 1)
Green Bay @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Madison (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Willmar @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM) (Game 2)
Fond du Lac @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ St. Cloud (7:35 PM) (Game 2)