The Mankato MoonDogs continue to hold a lead in both South Division Standings as they defeated Thunder Bay Tonight. Rapids and Battle Creek both snapped losing streaks as the Rafters hold a 5.5 game lead in the overall first half standings. Rockford won their fourth straight and lead the Bombers by a game in the second half standings.
La Crosse 7, Rochester 5
The La Crosse Loggers held off a late rally from the Rochester Honkers in the bottom of the ninth as they won the game 7-5. The Loggers got two right away from the long ball by David Villar (South Florida). The Honkers then responded with a long ball of their own by Zach Zubia (Texas) which put them up by one. La Crosse tied it in the fourth from a pass ball and added three more in the fifth including a two-run double by Villar. The Honkers got a solo shot by Michael Michalak (DMACC) in the seventh, but La Crosse added one in the top of the ninth. Jordan Hart (Minnesota State) hit one out for Rochester in the bottom of the ninth, but the Loggers ended the game two batters later from a ground out.
Mankato 10, Thunder Bay 1
The Mankato MoonDogs used two pitchers to hold the Thunder Bay Border Cats to one run today in a 10-1 victory. Mankato scored three in the opening inning when La Crosse walked Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) with the bases loaded and two scored on an error. Mankato took advantage of another error in the second as two out of the three scored unearned. The MoonDogs got single runs in the fourth and fifth, Thunder Bay got on the board in the sixth from a sac flyout. Mankato scored a pair in the seventh from a balk and RBI single by Daniel Amaral (UCLA). Andrew Fisher (Illinois) threw 5.2 and only gave up the one run as Blake Tritch (NDSU) threw the final 3.1 scoreless to end the game.
Bismarck 10, Waterloo 11
The Waterloo Bucks walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and win the game 11-10. The Larks took the lead first in the opening inning when Luke Horanski (Virginia Tech) knocked in two of the three with a double. The Bucks got RBI doubles from Deion Thompson (Western Illinois) and Jake Viaene in the second. Bismarck went up two in the fourth from an RBI double and then added six in the eighth. Brandon Lankford (UNC-Asheville) contributed three for Bismarck with a dinger in the eighth, but Waterloo got five in the bottom half which included a two-run single by Jay Schuyler (San Diego). The Bucks then loaded the bases in the ninth, drew two straight walks and got a two-run double from Thompson to win the game.
Fond du Lac 13, Kalamazoo 4
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders fought through early runs in the first three innings as they defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 13-4. Fondy scored three in the first which included two on an error and an RBI single from Eric Gilgenbach (Notre Dame). Kalamazoo benefited from an error in the bottom half which scored one for them, but the Spiders got another in the top of the second. A two-run single by Andrew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) brought the Growlers within one, but the Spiders answered with three in the third from a Caleb Summerhays (UNLV) long ball. Kalamazoo got their last and final run in the bottom half on an error. K.V. Edwards (Missouri) then went yard in the fifth for Fondy. They put up another five in the top of the ninth when Summerhays hit his second of the game for a grand slam which ended up being the final score.
Rockford 9, Wisconsin 6
The Rockford Rivets used the middle innings to get past the Wisconsin Woodchucks and win the game 9-6. Both teams got RBI singles in the opening inning as Bren Spillane (Illinois) drove one in for Rockford and Lao` Adonis (Bethune-Cookman) for the Chucks. The Rivets went up two in the fourth from a bases loaded hit by pitch and an RBI fielder’s choice. Rockford then added three in the fifth including a two-run single by Logan Michaels (Madison College). The Rivets got two more in the seventh, but the Chucks managed five in the bottom half. Stevie Mangrum (Virginia Tech) drove in the first from one of three RBI doubles. Rockford got one more in the ninth and only allowed a single in the bottom half as they went on to win the game.
Lakeshore 2, Wisconsin Rapids 6
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters broke a tie in the sixth and never looked back as they defeated the Lakeshore Chinooks 6-2. Lakeshore got one in the second from an RBI single by Drake Lubin (Eastern Michigan). Rapids took the lead when Scott Kapers (Valparaiso) knocked in two from a double, but Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State) tied it with a home run. The Rafters then took the lead for good with three in the sixth on an error and RBI single. The Rafters got one more in the seventh and then got the final 3.1 scoreless by Mason McReaken (SIUE) as he earned his third win of the season.
Green Bay 3, Kenosha 1
The Green Bay Bullfrogs scored late and held off a late rally by the Kenosha Kingfish and won the game 3-1. The first run came after Michael Costanzo (Austin Peay) threw the first four scoreless for the Bombers. Ben Hart (Oakland) led off the fifth inning with a home run to give Green Bay the first lead. Connor Wollersheim (Kent State) threw six scoreless for the Frogs to put him in line for his fourth win of the season. Green Bay got two more in the eighth from two RBI singles. Mike Madej (Purdue) then led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo blast, but the next three guys went down in-order to end the game.
Battle Creek 4, Madison 3
The Battle Creek Bombers held off a late rally by the Madison Mallards in the bottom of the ninth and won the game 4-3. Justin Felix (Arkansas State) got things going when he led off the fourth with a home run. The Bombers went up two in the fifth with a double, but Madison got on the board from an RBI double by Zac Taylor (Illinois) in the bottom half. Battle Creek added a pair in the top of the ninth, but Madison wasn’t done. Taylor went deep for two with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but after a guy reached on a dropped third strike, the next guy struck out to end the game.
Duluth 3, St. Cloud 6
The St. Cloud Rox took the lead in the bottom of the eighth and went on to win the game and defeat the Duluth Huskies 6-3. The Rox scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth when Keaton Kringlen (BYU) went deep. Duluth began the fifth with back-to-back dingers by Luke Roskam (Nebraska) and Jordan Hovey (Jefferson). Cameron Eden (California) then led off the Rox half of the fifth with a home run. Duluth got one in the eighth from an RBI single, but St. Cloud got three in the bottom half including a two-run shot by Brendan Illies (UNC). Brent Killam (Georgetown) then threw the final two scoreless for the Rox and picked up his fourth win of the season.
Willmar 4, Eau Claire 11
The Eau Claire Express put up 11 runs on 12 hits as they defeated the Willmar Stingers 11-4 tonight. Cody Dye (New Mexico) got only his second start of the season and threw five innings, only allowing two runs on two hits while striking out seven. Justin Evans (Columbus State) and Garrett Wolforth (Dallas Baptist) combined to drive-in five Eau Claire runs as Wolforth collected three hits tonight. Marcus Still (New Mexico State) set the Stingers’ franchise record for the most stolen bases in a season. in the eighth inning, Still led off with a walk and then collected his record-breaking 35th stolen base and immediately got number 36. Eau Claire threw Kenny Ogg (Ohio) out of the bullpen as he only allowed two runs and Jake Sommers (UW-Milwaukee) shutdown the ninth to end the game.
Schedule for July 31:
Fond du Lac @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo Growlers (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
Bismarck @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Rockford @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Madison @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Green Bay (7:05PM)