Rockford sits atop of the second half South Standings by a half game after a win over Fond du Lac. Eau Claire and Willmar have both won two in a row and are tied for first in the second half North Standings. Mankato lost number three in a row and St. Cloud won their third to give the Rox a one game lead in the overall standings.
Willmar 2, Waterloo 1
The Willmar Stingers just needed a two-run fifth inning to go on to defeat the Waterloo Bucks 2-1. The Bucks got one in the bottom of the second as Nicola Mislinski (San Diego) doubled in a run. Corey Binger (Nebraska-Omaha) went on to pitch eight innings for the Stingers and only allowed the one run on five hits while striking out five. Marcus Still (New Mexico State) then drove in a run from a fielder’s choice to tie the game as Harrison Schnurbusch (Central Missouri State) scored the go ahead and eventual game-winner.
Fond du Lac 5, Rockford 13
The Rockford Rivets started scoring in the middle and kept it going as they defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 13-5. Rockford got their first four in the fourth which started with Anthony Forte (LSU) doubling in three. Brian Klein (Texas Tech) then drove in two from a home run in the fifth for Rockford. Fondy got their first in the sixth from an RBI double by Chris Cornelius (Missouri), but the Rivets got another pair in the bottom half. The Spiders got one in the seventh, but Rockford got another three in the bottom half of the seventh which included a two-run single by Trevor Paradoski (Texas Tech). Thomas Luevano (Creighton) led off a three-run eighth for the Dock Spiders, but the Rivets got another pair in the bottom half as that went on to be the final score.
Duluth 0, Eau Claire 1
The Eau Claire Express got a complete game shutout from Gerry Salisbury (Ohio) as they went on to defeat the Duluth Huskies 1-0. The only run of the game came from Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly) going deep to start the fifth. Garrett Brown (Point) threw six for the Huskies, but didn’t get any run support as he gave up the one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Salisbury finished his line only allowing four hits on two walks while striking out five for his fifth win.
Kalamazoo 3, Madison 9
The Madison Mallards scored five insurance runs in the eighth and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 9-3. Madison got two in the bottom of the opening inning when Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville) singled in one and scored from a double. Taylor (Illinois) then homered for the Mallards in the third, but Kalamazoo got on the board in the seventh from an RBI single by Ryan Orr (San Diego State). Madison got another long ball from Tommy Bullock in the bottom half. The Mallards’ big eighth featured Bullock singling in one, Taylor getting one from a double and Armstrong driving in two from a double. Kalamazoo got two in the top of the ninth from a sac flyout and error, but after getting a single in the next at bat, the final guy struck out to end the game.
Thunder Bay 0, La Crosse 5
The La Crosse Loggers used three pitchers to shutout the Thunder Bay Border Cats 5-0. La Crosse got on the board in the bottom half of the opening inning when Jeremy Ydens (UCLA) double in two. David Villar (South Florida) scored the third on a sac flyout in the third and then he led off the fifth with the long ball. The Loggers got their last and final one in the sixth from an error by the shortstop. Hunter Davis (Duke) started for La Crosse, threw 6.2 scoreless on two hits and one walk while striking out six to earn his second win.
Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 2
The Green Bay Bullfrogs held off a late rally from the Wisconsin Woodchucks and won the game 4-2. The Frogs got their first three in the second as Zack Plunkett (Arkansas) doubled in one and he scored on a two-run single. The Chucks got one in the fifth from a bases loaded walk and then Troy Johnston (Gonzaga) double in for Green Bay. Mason Schwellenbach (Saginaw Valley State) threw the first 4.2 scoreless for the Frogs and Brett Fulk (Lenior Rhyne) went the rest of the way. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Stevie Mangrum (Virginia Tech) drove in one from a ground out, but the next guy got out to end the game.
Wisconsin Rapids, Battle Creek
Postponed to: August 7, 7:05 PM
Lakeshore 2, Kenosha 1 (10 Innings)
The Lakeshore Chinooks needed 10 innings to defeat the Kenosha Kingfish 2-1. The Kingfish got their first in the bottom of the opening inning when Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) singled in a run. Kenosha got the first six scoreless from Zach Stromberg (Boston College) and Austin Jones (UW-Whitewater) threw 6.1 for Lakeshore and only gave up the one unearned run. The Chinooks tied it in the top of the ninth from an error to force extra innings. Nick Pierce (Carthage) then drove in the go ahead and eventual game-winner in the top of the tenth for the Kingfish.
St. Cloud 10, Mankato 3
The St. Cloud Rox finished the game with nine runs in three innings as they defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 10-3. Mankato got on the board in the second when Ethan Valdez (Nicholls State) led off the inning with a dinger. St. Cloud tied it with a run from an error in the fifth and then took the lead with home runs by Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) and Keaton Kringlen (BYU) in the seventh. The Rox got another three in the eighth, but the MoonDogs got one more. Angelo Altavilla (Nebraska) drove in two from a home run in a three-run ninth for St. Cloud. Mankato then got one in the bottom half with two outs, but the next guy flew to end the game.
Rochester 3, Bismarck 6
The Bismarck Larks got two insurance runs in the eighth inning as they defeated the Rochester Honkers 6-3. Bismarck got a pair in the bottom of the second from an RBI double by Luke Horanski (Virginia Tech) and he scored on an error. The Honkers scored their first in the third from a Ryan Fitzpatrick (UC Irvine) single. Rochester took the lead with two in the fifth from an RBI single and double, but Ryan Anderson (UC Davis) tied it for Bismarck in the bottom half and took the lead for good in the sixth. Scooter Bynum (Northern Illinois) knocked in two unearned insurance runs for the Larks which was enough for them to win the game.
Schedule for August 5:
Waterloo @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Mankato (6:05 PM)
Rochester @ Bismarck (6:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Madison (6:35 PM)
Green Bay @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Duluth @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)