Willmar won tonight and with a Mankato loss puts the Stingers in a three-team tie with the MoonDogs and Express for first in the second half North Standings. Rapids has built itself a four-game winning streak as they are now tied with Rockford for first in the second half South Standings, with Battle Creek a game back.
Kalamazoo 5, Madison 3 (Game 1) (7 Innings)
The Kalamazoo Growlers scored in all but three innings and defeated the Madison Mallards 5-3 in a seven-inning game. Kalamazoo scored right away in the opening inning when Jack Duffy (Missouri State) singled in a run. Tommy Bullock answered for Madison to tie the game in the third with his own RBI single. Kalamazoo took the lead with a run in the top of the fourth, but Madison took the lead with a pair in the bottom half when Maverick Handley (Stanford) went deep. Kalamazoo got two RBI singles in the fifth to take the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth from another single which went on to be the final score.
Green Bay 3, Wisconsin 6
The Wisconsin Woodchucks scored a pair of runs in three innings and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 6-3. The Woodchucks scored their first pair in the opening inning when Logan Foster (Texas A&M) went deep. The Frogs got on the board with one from an RBI single in the second by Ben Hart (Oakland). The Next pair for the Chucks came in the fourth from an RBI double and wild pitch. Hart scored for Green Bay in the fifth from an error, but Wisconsin got two more in the sixth from a single by Stevie Mangrum (Virginia Tech). Green Bay got their last in the seventh as the Chucks got the final two scoreless including Orsen Josephina (Hillsborough CC) converting his 15th save.
Fond du Lac 17, Rockford 2
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders erupted for 17 runs as they defeated the Rockford Rivets 17-2. Both teams got a pair in the second as Fondy had Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) leadoff the inning with a homer and then got an RBI double later. The Rivets got one from an RBI single by Trevor Paradoski (Texas Tech) and an error by the second basemen. Fondy then took the lead for good in the third from a two-run double as they got two more in the fourth by a triple and single. Eric Gilgenbach (Notre Dame) singled in one in the fifth and then Bullock drove in two in the sixth from his second dinger. The Dock Spiders proceeded for six more in the seventh and then one in the eighth and ninth to give themselves their blowout victory.
Kenosha 2, Lakeshore 5
The Lakeshore Chinooks held off a late rally from the Kenosha Kingfish as they went on to win the game 5-2. The Chinooks got a pair in the second from a double by Brian Sobieski (Davenport). Sobieski then added a solo home run to a three-run fourth inning. Lakeshore go six scoreless from Alec Marsh (Arizona State) as he only allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six. The Kingfish got on the board in the eighth from an RBI ground out and then again in the ninth from Mike Madej (Purdue) scoring on a sac flyout. The final guy then struck out to end the game for Lakeshore.
Willmar 6, Waterloo 2
The Willmar Stingers scored runs early and never looked back as they defeated the Waterloo Bucks 6-2. The Stingers scored a pair right away in the opening inning from an RBI ground out and then an RBI single by Josh Bissonette (Baylor). Danny Rodriguez (Bethune Cookman) single in one for Willmar in the third and then got another two from Luke Becker (Kentucky) hitting a single. Waterloo got two in the fifth from a sac flyout and an RBI single by Deion Thompson (Western Illinois), but Rodriguez added one late in the eighth from a single which would end up being the final score.
Rochester 8, Bismarck 4
The Rochester Honkers scored three late insurance runs as they went on to defeat the Bismarck Larks 8-4. Rochester scored five in the first three innings which included Zach Zubia (Texas) driving in his 59th run from a single and Ethan Ibarra (St. Cloud State) getting one from a single. Bismarck got one in the bottom of the third when Noah Sadler (Illinois State) singled in a run and then two more in the fourth. Ryan Fitzpatrick (UC Irvine) then went deep for two in the Honkers’ half of the seventh, but Bismarck got one back in their half. The Honkers then got an RBI triple in the eighth and shutout the Larks in the final two innings to end the game.
Thunder Bay 11, La Crosse 9
The Thunder Bay Border Cats scored early and late as they defeated the La Crosse Loggers 11-9. Thunder Bay got out to an early six-run lead in the opening inning which was fueled by a grand slam from Colton Thomas (South Alabama). The Loggers got a two-run shot in the second from Jorge Guiterrez (Texas A&M) and then two more in a two-error third. La Crosse tied the game in the fourth and then took the lead for three runs in the fifth. Thunder Bay matched their three-run inning with one of their own in the eighth as Dayne Sommer (Central Oklahoma) started things with a double and scored the tying run. Brendan Dougherty (Bradley) then drove in the go ahead and eventual game-winning runs from a two-run single in the top of the ninth.
Mankato 5, St. Cloud 7
The St. Cloud Rox tied it in the second and went ahead in the fourth as they defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 7-5. Mankato started their five-run first inning from back-to-back bases loaded walks and then an error scored one followed by Brady Pfaadt singling in one while another came from a single. St. Cloud got two in the bottom half which including Keaton Kringlen (BYU) singling in one. The Rox tied it in the next inning from two RBI single and a bases loaded walk. Michael Busch (UNC) then gave St. Cloud the lead in the fourth from a solo shot as they added one more in the seventh and kept Mankato scoreless the rest of the way through.
Wisconsin Rapids 11, Battle Creek 4
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used a six-run fourth inning to power over the Battle Creek Bombers and the game 11-4. Rapids got three right away as Alex Holderbach (Eastern Kentucky) got things going with a solo shot. The Rafters got another in the second from an RBI single, but Nick Walker (Austin Peary) put Battle Creek on the board with a single in the third. Rapids then exploded for six in the fourth as Ryan Stekl (Canisius) started things with an RBI single. Battle Creek attempted a comeback in the bottom half when Wyatt Cross (Indiana) homered in three. Dustin Woodcock (SIUE) then hit a solo shot in the eighth for Rapids which ended up being the final score.
Kalamazoo 6, Madison 4 (Game 2) (7 Innings)
The Kalamazoo Growlers scored five in the second and completed the doubleheader sweep of the Madison Mallards with a score of 6-4. The Mallards got on the board first in the opening inning when Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville) drove in two from the long ball. Kalamazoo then put up five in the second which consisted of two errors and two scoring on a single by Jason Sullivan (Central Michigan). Mitch Bigras (Boston College) homered to lead off the Growlers’ half of the third, but Madison got two in the bottom half. Kalamazoo turned to their bullpen early and got five scoreless from George Lamb (Texas Rio Grande) as he earned himself his third save.
Schedule for August 4:
Willmar @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Duluth @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Madison (7:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Wisconsin (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Rochester @ Bismarck (7:35 PM)