Rapids Breaks Franchise Win Record in Victory Over Rockford
Wisconsin Rapids won game number 50 which is a franchise record as they sit 2.5 games ahead in the second half standings and 9 in the overall. Battle Creek picked up a big doubleheader victory over Lakeshore to keep the Bombers in second place of the overall standings and tied with the Rivets for second in the second half standings. Mankato won their fifth in a row to catch up to Eau Claire as the MoonDogs and Express are tied for first in the second half standings.
Battle Creek 11, Lakeshore 1 (Game 1)
The Battle Creek Bombers scored early and often while defeating the Lakeshore Chinooks 11-1. Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) doubled to put Battle Creek on the board in the top half of the opening inning. The Bombers then got four in the second which featured Stoffel driving in three of them from a double. Battle Creek got a pair more in the fourth from a bases loaded walk and a sac flyout from Stoffel. The Bombers got one in the fifth from an RBI single by Storm Joop (Indianapolis) as Joop singled in another, but Tim DalPorto (Kent State) singled one in for Lakeshore. Andrew Click (Davenport) threw a complete game for Battle Creek, only allowed the one run, not earned on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Kalamazoo 19, Green Bay 6 (Game 1)
The Kalamazoo Growlers poured it on the Green Bay Bullfrogs and won the game 19-6. The Growlers jumped on the board in a big way with six runs in the second as Colin Boerst (Hillsdale) contributed two from a single. Boerst then scored a run for Kalamazoo in the third from a single. Boerst drove in another two from the long ball, but Dan Leckie (Lafayette) went deep in the bottom half for the Frogs. The Growlers got another five in the sixth in an inning that had two hits and one error. Boerst continued his hot night as he added another in a five-run seventh from a single. Green Bay got a pair in the eighth from a double by Willie Bourbon (Northwestern) and then three more in the ninth, but the final two guys grounded out to end the game.
Rochester 13, Duluth 1
The Rochester Honkers threw two pitchers and defeated the Duluth Huskies 13-1. Rochester exploded for six runs in the opening inning which featured a pair of two-run doubles by Konnor Zickefoose (UC Irvine) and Mike Echavia (Nevada). The Huskies one and only run came in the second when Alec Abercrombie (NDSU) singled one in. The Honkers added two more in the fifth which included another RBI from Echavia. Rochester got a pair in the eighth and then three more in the ninth including Zickefoose driving in one, scoring and Echavia singling in another which ended up being the final score.
Kenosha 4, Fond du Lac 5
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders prevented a late rally from the Kenosha Kingfish and won the game 5-4. Fondy got a pair in the third inning from an RBI double by Brandon Wulff (Stanford) as he scored in the next at bat. Kenosha got on the board in the fourth from an RBI single by Cameron Comer (Virginia), but the Dock Spiders responded for one in the bottom half. Joe Campagna (Slippery Rock) homered to lead off the Kenosha fifth, but Wulff scored again for the Spiders. The Dock Spiders got one more in the seventh as Kenosha added two in the top of the ninth, but the final guy flew out to end the game.
Madison 11, Wisconsin 2
The Madison Mallards scored early and often as they defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 11-2. Both teams traded a pair in the second as the Mallards got one from a bases loaded walk and a Cole Daily (Notre Dame) RBI single. The Chucks got their only two in the bottom half from a homer by Michael Ferri (UW-Milwaukee). Madison then took the lead in the third with three runs, all from bases loaded walks. Doran Turchin (Illinois) then homered in the fourth for Madison and then got three in the fifth from a wild pitch and two-run double. Madison then got a pair more in the seventh as starter Steve Gavin (Edgewood) threw 6.2 for the win and two relievers ended the game.
Battle Creek 4, Lakeshore 2 (Game 2) (8 Innings)
The Battle Creek Bombers needed eight innings in a seven-inning game to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 4-2 in game two. The Bombers got their first in the opening inning when Storm Joop (Indianapolis) singled in one. Lakeshore tied it in the second when Brian Sobieski (Davenport) singled one in of his own. Joop scored in the fourth to give the Bombers the lead for two innings. The Chinooks then tied it in the seventh from an RBI single by Drake Lubin (Eastern Michigan) to force extras. The Bombers took the lead from Nikola Vasic (McHenry CC) driving in one and then a sac flyout in the next at bat proved to be the final score.
Wisconsin Rapids 12, Rockford 2
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters went off for 10 runs in the fourth and defeated the Rockford Rivets 12-2. Rockford scored first in the bottom half of the opening inning as Bren Spillane (Illinois) scored an unearned run. Rapids then went off which started from an RBI single by Dustin Woodcock (SIUE) and he scored on a three-run home run by Scott Kapers (Valparaiso). Bryson Stott (UNLV) also went deep in the inning and knocked in four with a grand slam. Rockford managed another unearned run in the bottom half, but Rapids got one in the fifth. Woodcock then homered himself in the eighth as Grant Gunderson (St. Thomas) and Josh Aguilar (Citrus CC) threw the final seven out of the pen.
La Crosse 2, Waterloo 10
The Waterloo Bucks exploded for eight runs in the seventh and defeated the La Crosse Loggers 10-2. Waterloo scored first in the bottom of the second when Jay Schuyler (San Diego) singled in one. La Crosse took the lead with two in the fourth in an inning that featured two errors, but the Bucks tied it in the bottom half. Waterloo then broke open the game which started from Nikola Mislinski (San Diego) knocking in one from a single. Jackson Goplen (St. Cloud State) contributed three when he cleared the bases from a triple and three relievers from Waterloo ended the game in the final 3.1.
Kalamazoo, Green Bay (Game 2)
Postponed to August 11, 5:05 PM
Mankato 7, Bismarck 6
The Mankato MoonDogs broke a tie in the top of the ninth and defeated the Bismarck Larks 7-6. Mankato got three in the second as Jake Ortega (Cal State Bakersfield) doubled one in and Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) knocked two in from a single. The Larks got two in the sixth including an RBI single by Ryan Anderson (UC Davis). Ortega and Shepski then scored on an RBI single and RBI ground out in the seventh, but Bismarck took the lead in the bottom half as Wyatt Ulrich (St. Johns (MN)) put them ahead from an RBI single. Mankato scored an unearned run in the eighth to tie it and then took the lead from an RBI double by Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) which proved to be the game-winner.
Eau Claire 4, St. Cloud 7
The St. Cloud Rox added two insurance runs in the seventh and went on to defeat the Eau Claire Express 7-4. The Rox put up a pair in the bottom half of the opening inning which started from an RBI single by Trevor Putzig ( ) and a bases loaded walk. St. Cloud got one in the second from an RBI single, but Eau Claire got on the board in the third from an unearned run. St. Cloud then responded with two unearned runs in the fourth, but the Express came within one in the sixth which included a two-run single by Kyle Marinconz ( ). The Rox got their insurance runs from an RBI double and single in the seventh and the bullpen threw the final 3.1 as Brent Killman ( ) got the save.
Willmar 2, Thunder Bay 8
The Thunder Bay Border Cats held the Willmar Stingers to just one inning of scoring as they won the game 8-2. Both teams scored a pair in the opening inning as the Stingers got a pair of RBI singles by Josh Bissonette (Baylor) and Caleb Ledbetter (Montevallo). The Border Cats answered with the long ball by Noah Strohl (Grossmont). Thunder Bay then took the lead in the third with a pair which started from Strohl knocking in another from a single. The Border Cats got one in the fourth from an RBI single and then two more in the sixth. They got their last in the eighth as starter Travis Bruinsma (SUNY Maritime) threw the first seven and DJ DePiero (Indian Hills CC) ended the game throwing the final two.
Schedule for August 11:
Kalamazoo @ Green Bay (5:05 PM) (Game 1)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Rochester @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Kenosha @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Waterloo @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Willmar @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05PM)
Kalamazoo @ Green Bay (7:05 PM) (Game 2)
Madison @ Wisconsin (7:05 PM)
Mankato @ Bismarck (7:35 PM)