Published On: May 31st, 2018

For the second night in a row, we have a walk-off win. The Waterloo Bucks defeated the Rochester Honkers with a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. La Crosse stays hot and are the only team with 3 wins. Bismarck gets rained out, but are still undefeated while Kenosha remains the only team in the South without a loss.

Kalamazoo 9, Battle Creek 4

The Kalamazoo Growlers used a big fourth inning to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 9-4. The Growlers took the lead right away in the opening inning from a sac fly. The Bombers tied the game in the third from a sac fly of their own. Kalamazoo then broke open the game from five walks in the fourth inning. Battle Creek walked the bases loaded with two runs already across and then Zachary Daniels (Tennessee) went deep for a grand slam. Battle Creek got one back in the fifth after Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist) hit one of his two RBI from a single. Kalamazoo got one in the sixth, but Battle Creek cut its deficit in half in the bottom half. The Growlers got one more in the eighth while Dakota Roberts (Northwood) shut the door on the final three innings.

Rochester 4, Waterloo 5

The Waterloo Bucks walked it off in the bottom of the ninth as they defeated the Rochester Honkers 5-4. Waterloo got on the board first in the third when Kaden Polcovich (Northwest Florida State) doubled in three runs. The Honkers came within one in the fourth which was fueled by and RBI single from Reed Hjelle. Rochester tied it up in the fifth, but Waterloo retook the lead in the bottom half. The Honkers wouldn’t go away when Casey Dunlap (Point Loma Nazarene) scored the tying run from a wild pitch in the seventh. Brady Corson (Cal State-San Marcos) pitched the final three scoreless for the Bucks. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Trey Leonard (Louisville) drew a walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the game-winner from a sac fly.
Wisconsin Rapids 8, Wisconsin 4

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used a four-run sixth inning to go ahead for good and defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 8-4. Rapids jumped on the board in the second from an RBI single. The Woodchucks went ahead with three in the bottom half which started from an RBI double by Tommy Duddleston (UWSP). The Rafters tied it up with a par in the next inning and then Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) scored the go-ahead from a wild pitch in the fourth. Rapids then broke it open from Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) clearing the bases on a double and scoring in the next at bat. The Chucks got one more in the seventh, but Hunter Robichaux (Bucknell) pitched the final 1.1 and converted the save.

Lakeshore 0, Kenosha 1

The Kenosha Kingfish used four pitchers to shutout the Lakeshore Chinooks in a close 1-0 game. Lakeshore threw two pitchers and only allowed the one run. Kenosha’s run came unearned in the third after Mike Madej (Northwest Florida State) singled and the third baseman committed an error. Kevin Tibor (Carthage) threw a solid six for Lakeshore, only gave up the one unearned run on six hits while striking out five. Colton Johnson (Illinois State) got the start for Kenosha, threw four scoreless on three hits and struck out five. The Kingfish only surrendered three more hits and closed out the one-run game.

Rockford 1, Fond du Lac 2

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders just need two in the second to defeat the Rockford Rivets 2-1. Fondy got the pair from a sac fly and an RBI double by Brad Hudson (Southern Illinois). Zack Kesterson (Arkansas Tech) threw an impressive 8.2 for the Spiders. He only gave up one earned run on six hits while striking out 10. Matt Vanek (Milwaukee) and JT Baksha (Western Illinois) threw seven combined innings for the Rivets and only allowed the two runs on seven hits while striking out five. The one Rockford run came in the fourth from a sac fly, but they never got another run after.

Duluth 4, Bismarck 4 (2 Innings)

Suspended to June 1

Eau Claire 0, La Crosse 2

The La Crosse Loggers stayed hot, scored two in the third and defeated the Eau Claire Express 2-0. The Loggers started Mason McMahon (UW-La Crosse) and he threw 5.2, only allowed one hit, gave up three walks while striking out eight batters. Shane McGuire (San Diego) started the scoring for La Crosse with an RBI double and later came around to score on another double. Eau Claire’s starter Andrew Dean (Illinois-Springfield) threw a solid 6 innings, only had the blunder in the third, gave up five hits while striking out five. The Express offense just couldn’t crack the La Crosse pitching as it ended a two-run game.

St. Cloud 5, Mankato 4

The St. Cloud Rox prevented a comeback by the Mankato MoonDogs in the ninth to win the game 5-4. Scoring got started right away by both teams. The Rox received a two-run single from Ryan Lillard (Arizona State). The MoonDogs then took the lead in the bottom half with three which was started by a two-RBI triple from Zac Wiley (Bellarmine). St. Cloud went ahead by one in the fourth from a two-run double by Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff). Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) pitched a solid three scoreless out of the bullpen for the Rox. They picked up an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but the MoonDogs weren’t finished. Kyle McDonald (Arkansas State) homered to start the bottom of the ninth, but the side was retired to end the game.

Thunder Bay 3, Willmar 2

The Thunder Bay Border Cats scored in consecutive innings to defeat the Willmar Stingers 3-2. Both pitchers threw the first three scoreless until the Stingers jumped on the board first. The first run came on a sac fly and the second happened when Cal Elvers (Miami (OH)) double in a run. The Border Cats answered and tied the game in the sixth. Thunder Bay scored both on an error and a wild pitch. Willmar committed two more errors in the next inning which eventually scored the go-ahead and game-winning run in Ryan Drake (Arkasas).

Madison 6, Green Bay 9

The Green Bay Bullfrogs used a big opening inning to defeat the Madison Mallards 9-6. Green Bay got things going with right away with five runs which included a bases clearing double by Riley Mihalik (Rider). Madison quickly started to chip away which started from a home run by Tyler Plantier (Richmond) in the second. The Mallards got on in the third and then tied it up in the fourth when Trevor Schwecke (Milwaukee) doubled in a run. Green Bay then retook the lead in the bottom half which was fueled by the fourth RBI from Mihalik. Madison managed one more in the fifth, but the Frogs closed the door on the final three innings to end the game.


Schedule for June 1:

Duluth @ Bismarck (1:00 PM)

Rockford @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Kenosha @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Thunder Bay @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

Waterloo @ Rochester (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

Battle Creek @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)

Duluth @ Bismarck (7:35 PM)

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