Published On: June 2nd, 2018

Bismarck earned the first walk-off win of the day in game one of a double-header. The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders edged out a walk-off over Rockford in a pitcher’s dual and Rochester got it from Ryan Casper (Point Loma Nazarene) who had a big game.

Duluth 8, Bismarck 9 (Game 1)

The Bismarck Larks needed two days in-order to defeat the Duluth Huskies in walk-off fashion 9-8. This game was started last night with both offenses exploding. The Huskies scored three right away which was started by Ben McClain (Arkansas) knocking in one of his two RBI of the game with a single. Bismarck answered to take the lead in the bottom half when Michael Farnell (Murray State) singled in one of his two RBI. Duluth tied the game in the next inning and the game was suspended until this afternoon. Duluth picked up right where they were with a run in the fourth. The Larks responded came back to take the lead in the bottom half. Duluth wasn’t done as McClain helped a two-run sixth on another RBI single. The Larks managed one in the bottom of the eighth, but Huskies took the lead in the ninth. With one out and bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Bismarck tied it and won the game from a walk and an error as Tristen Hudson (West Virginia) scored the game-winner.

Rockford 1, Fond du Lac 2

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders walked it off against the Rockford Rivets in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory. The Rivets got on the board first from a sac fly in the second. Shane Ritter (Iowa) was able to settle in nice for Fondy, throw 4.1, only allow the one run on six hits. The Spiders then tied the game on a wild pitch in the fourth. Rockford’s starter Cooper Cain (Valdosta State) also had a great outing, throwing six innings, giving up the one run on one hit while striking out 10. Unfortunately the offense couldn’t crack Fondy’s bullpen. With one out and bases loaded in the ninth, the Spiders drew a walk-off run to score Pat Sisk (Furman).
Madison 5, Green Bay 3

The Madison Mallards took the lead in the eighth and tacked on more in the ninth as they defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 5-3. Madison got on the board first from an RBI single by Drew Ober (UNC Charlotte). The Frogs took the lead in the third when Leo Perez (Texas Corpus Christi) knocked in from a single. The Mallards retook the lead in the fourth with a pair. Green Bay Threatened again in the sixth with one, but the Mallards got two in the final two which was enough to win the game.
Kenosha 12, Lakeshore 7

The Kenosha Kingfish held off a late threat by the Lakeshore Chinooks in a high offensive 12-7 win. The Kingfish exploded for six runs in the fourth. Connor Doyle (San Deigo) really got things going as he supplied two of his four RBI with a double. Kenosha went ahead by seven then in the fifth. The Chinooks then got to the Kingfish bullpen for four in the seventh. Sebastian Holte-Mancera (Ellsworth) supplied half of those with a double. Kenosha had another huge inning in the eighth with five runs and Doyle got another RBI from a bases loaded hit by pitch. Lakeshore wasn’t done as they got three in the bottom of the ninth, but a five-run lead was enough for Kenosha to end the game.

Thunder Bay 2, Willmar 7

The Willmar Stingers scored early and often as they went on to defeat the Thunder Bay Borders Cats 7-2. The Stingers got a pair In the second inning when two runs came home on an error. The Border Cats responded for one in the next inning and tied things up in the fourth. Willmar’s starter Michael Bohlke (Bethel) though and the bullpen shut the door for the rest of the game. The Stingers took the lead for good in the fourth on an RBI double by Richie Garcia (Florida Gulf Coast). Willmar got another in the sixth, two more in the seventh and one more for good measure in the eighth which ended up being the final score.

Waterloo 4, Rochester 5

The Rochester Honkers walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and defeated the Waterloo Bucks 5-4. The Honkers took the lead right away in the bottom of the first from an RBI double by Ryan Casper (Point Loma Nazarene). Waterloo went ahead with a pair in the second which was highlighted from an RBI single by Skyler Messinger (Kansas). Rochester came back with a pair in the bottom half on a sac fly and wild pitch. Casper did it again in the fourth for an insurance run, but the Bucks tied it in the fifth as Trey Leonard (Louisville) hit an RBI single. Casper finished off his three RBI night in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI double to win the game for the Honkers.

La Crosse 2, Eau Claire 1

The La Crosse Loggers stay hot as they defeat the Eau Claire Express in a close 2-1 game. Eau Claire got on the board first in the fourth with an RBI single by Garrett Gouldsmith (New Mexico). Trevor Olson (Xavier) got the start for the Express and threw 5.2, but couldn’t quite keep the Loggers scoreless. He lost command in the sixth, walked five guys which would end up being the deciding runs to give La Crosse the win. Cam Pferrer (Missouri) converted the save for the Loggers as he struck out seven of the eight batters he faced.
Wisconsin 2, Wisconsin Rapids 6

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters only allowed two runs in the fifth inning as they defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-2. Rapids got things going right away with three in the first as Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) fueled it with an RBI double. The Chucks managed to come within one in the fifth from an error by the Rafters. Rapids got one back in the sixth and two more in the seventh from a double by Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) as the bullpen shut the door on the final four innings.

Mankato 7, St. Cloud 2

The Mankato MoonDogs used a big eighth inning to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 7-2. Adam Lukas (Evansville) got the start for The MoonDogs, threw six scoreless on five hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) threw five scoreless for the Rox on three hits, two walks while striking out six. Mankato got on the board with two in the sixth as Josh Elvir (Houston) hit a single. The MoonDogs then exploded for five. Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State) had a two-RBI game and they came from a single. St. Cloud managed two in the bottom half, but the Mankato bullpen shut the door in the next inning.

Battle Creek 7, Kalamazoo 1

The Battle Creek Bombers held the Kalamazoo Growlers to just one run on three hits in a 7-1 victory. Kalamazoo actually held the lead in the fourth when Parker Murdie (Jackson CC) hit an RBI single. Battle Creek then found the scoreboard in the sixth with three runs which included a two-run shot by Jordan Swiss (Saginaw Valley). Walter Talcott (Earlham) only had the one blunder as he threw a solid five, gave up two hits, walked four and struck out five for the Bombers. The Bombers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth and ninth while the bullpen did the rest.

Duluth 3, Bismarck 11 (Game 2)

The Bismarck Larks stay hot as they used a six-run third to defeat the Duluth Huskies 11-3. Both team traded runs in the opening inning. Bismarck took the lead with two in the second from an error. Duluth had some command issues as they allowed 14 walks and eight came in the third. Kyle Stevens (Murray State) led off the big inning with a double as he drove in two runs for the game. The Larks got another in the seventh, Duluth got two in the eighth, but the Larks’ bullpen ended the game without anymore damage.

Schedule for June 2:

Green Bay @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)

Bismarck @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)

Rochester @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)

Rockford @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Kenosha @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Madison @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)

Duluth @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Willmar @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)

Kalamazoo @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)

Mankato @ Thunder Bay (7:35 PM)

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