The Bismarck Larks ended a scoring drought and defeated the Eau Claire Express from small ball while Kalamazoo got their extra innings win from an RBI single to beat Kenosha.
Madison 3, Wisconsin 2
The Madison Mallards scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth and defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 3-2. Wisconsin got on the board in the third inning when Alec Toral (Miami) knocked in a run from a double. Tyler Plantier (Richmond) put Madison on the board from a leadoff homer in the fourth. The Chucks retook the lead in the bottom half. The Mallards got another guy to go deep in the sixth when Jayse McLean (NDSU) tied things up. With two outs in the top of the ninth, David Vinsky (Northwood) singled in a run which proved to be the one to put Madison up for good.
Fond du 2, Lac, Rockford 7
The Rockford Rivets prevented a late rally from the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and won the game 7-2. The Rivets got a pair in the bottom of the first when Parker Bates (Louisiana Tech) went deep. Bates drove in another on a double in the third which followed from a sac fly. Cooper Cain (Valdosta State) put out another solid outing for Rockford. He threw seven scoreless on five hits and four strike outs. Fondy got their two in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Chris Ayers (Indiana State) and a bases loaded walk. The Rivets responded for two of their own in the bottom half and retired the side in the ninth.
Duluth 1, Waterloo 4
The Waterloo Bucks got all their runs in the sixth inning as they defeated the Duluth Huskies 4-1. General McArthur (Missouri Baptist) scored the first and only run for Duluth in the fourth. Hunter Bigge (Harvard) threw five scoreless for Duluth, only allowed two hits and three walks while striking out seven. Waterloo then jumped on the bullpen in the sixth. They scored four as two came from Greg Anderberg (Ellsworth CC) hitting a base-knock. Matthew Perea (New Mexico State) threw 3.1 relief for the Bucks, allowed just three hits while striking out three for the win.
Bismarck 3, Eau Claire 1 (11 Innings)
The Bismarck Larks broke the tie in the 11th inning and defeated the Eau Claire Express 3-1. The Larks scored first in the second inning from an error. The Express tied things up in the third on a wild pitch. Tristen Hudson (West Virginia) pitched a solid three innings in relief for the Larks and didn’t allow anything. Andrew Dean (Illinois Springfield) threw seven for Eau Claire, gave up just the one unearned run on four hits while striking out four. Bismarck was finally able to crack the Express pitching for two in the 11th inning which came on sac flyouts which proved to be the game-winners.
Lakeshore 1, Green Bay 6
The Green Bay Bullfrogs got all six runs in the seventh inning as they went on to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 6-1. Both pitchers went six. Jason Applegate (Villanova) only allowed one run on three hits and struck out five for the Frogs. Austin Jones (UW-Whitewater) got through the sixth, but ran into trouble in the seventh. He gave up three before recording an out, but managed only two hits and four strikeouts. The Chinooks got their run on a sac fly. Green Bay responded in the next inning which started on consecutive two-run singles by Austin Bates (Chipola) and Eddy Gonzalez (Incarnate Word). Green Bay used two pitchers out of the bullpen for three innings, only allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Kalamazoo 7, Kenosha 5 (11 Innings)
The second extra innings game featured Kalamazoo tacking on two in the top of the 11th and defeating the Kenosha Kingfish 7-5. Kalamazoo got one in the top of the second, but Kenosha answered for two in the bottom half. The Growlers capitalized off an error in the fifth to tie the game, but the Kingfish got three as Noah Croft (Wichita State) knocked in two from a double. Kalamazoo tied it in the sixth inning which was plagued by errors from the Kingfish that eventually forced extra innings. The Growlers then were able to push across two in the 11th which started from Jared Miller (Notre Dame) hitting an RBI single and that was enough to win the game.
Willmar 2, Thunder Bay 4
The Thunder Bay Border Cats scored early in the second and late in the eighth to defeat the Willmar Stingers 4-2. Brady Gulakowski (North Carolina State) homered to start things right away in the second which ended up resulting in three runs. Alec Olmstead (Wesleyan) threw the first four unscabbed until The Stingers got two RBI singles in the fifth inning. Braxton Johns (Georgia Southern) threw four in relief for Willmar, only allowed two walks while striking out three. The Border Cats got a key insurance run in the eighth when Gulakowski knocked in another as Joey Cardamon (Luther) threw the final 4.1 scoreless and picked up the win.
Battle Creek 4, Wisconsin Rapids 9
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used a four-run seventh inning as they went on to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 9-4. The Bombers led off the second inning with a home run from Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist). Rapids responded and took the lead in the second from an error and a two-run double by Seth Mullis (UNLV). The Bombers took the lead for a three-run inning of their own which was fueled by Connor Bailey (Willamette) hitting an RBI double and scoring. Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) then tied it for the Rafters with a lead off home run in the bottom half. The Rafters tacked on the go-ahead in the fifth on an error and then added four more in the seventh which featured another RBI by Mullis. Jonathan Hernandez (Chapman) Mason McReaken (SIUE) worked five out of the bullpen, allowed just one walk while striking out seven.
Mankato 11, Rochester 6
The Mankato MoonDogs used a big ninth inning to defeat the Rochester Honkers 11-6. The MoonDogs got runs right away in the opening inning when Andrew Morales (Angelo State) went deep. Mankato got another pair in the next inning from an RBI double and single. Rochester cut its deficit in half in the third which featured Ryan Casper (Point Loma Nazarene) singling in a run. Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) started a two-run fifth for the MoonDogs from a solo shot. The third homer run came when CJ Huntly (Indiana State) led off seventh with a dinger. Mankato broke it open in the ninth with four. The Honkers responded with three RBI singles in the bottom half to put up four, but Mankato got the guy who led off the inning to fly out in his second inning.
La Crosse 4, St. Cloud 3
The La Crosse Loggers avoided a very late and threatening rally from the St. Cloud Rox and won the game 4-3. Both teams traded runs in the third. Brett Esau (Houston) doubled in a run for the Loggers while the Rox got theirs from a balk. The Loggers took the lead in the sixth from a pair of runs and then tacked on one more in the top of the ninth. Cam Baumann (Iowa) threw another dandy. He pitched 6.2, only allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Rox loaded the bases on walks and scored two guys off a single, but La Crosse managed to retire the side and the game.
Schedule for June 8:
Kenosha @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Battle Creek @ Madison (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Willmar @ Duluth (7:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Eau Claire (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Rochester (7:05 PM)