The Growlers Throw a Shutout and Pitchers Ruled the Night
Many teams saw their starter go at least six innings and pitch over five strike outs tonight while they got a tremendous amount of run support as four teams scored 10 or more runs. Madison won four in a row to take a game lead in the South and Duluth won five in a row to go into a first-place tie with Rochester in the North.
Green Bay 1, Lakeshore 4
The Lakeshore Chinooks had starter Kevin Tibor (Carthage) take a no-hitter into the eighth inning and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 4-1. The Chinooks scored on a pair in the third which started from Connor Kimple (South Mountain) driving in one on a double. Lakeshore then managed another pair in the sixth from two RBI singles. The Frogs got solid work from Jake Zatopek (Incarnate Word) and Lawson Zenner (Wayne State), but they both gave up runs. Green Bay broke up the no-hitter in the eighth with one out and one on from a hit by pitch when Rudy Aguilar (St. John’s) doubled. The Lakeshore starter allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out four for the win.
Wisconsin 4, Madison 6
The Madison Mallards used a key fourth inning and got by the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-4. The Mallards got on the board with a pair when Jake Randa (NW Florida State) singled and the right fielder committed an error. Madison went up three in the second, but the Chucks got two in the third which started from Javier Valdes (FIU) going deep. Wisconsin tied it up in the fourth from an RBI base knock, but Madison got a double and single to retake the lead. Wisconsin came back within one in the fifth, but the Mallard got the run right back. Brian Morrell (Notre Dame) pitched 2.1 in relief while Trace Norkus (North Florida) picked up the save for Madison.
Duluth 14, Waterloo 3
The Duluth Huskies went off in the third inning which was enough to defeat the Waterloo Bucks 14-3. Duluth managed six runs in the third as four came from General McArthur (Missouri Baptist) knocking out a grand slam. The Huskies got one more in the fifth, but the Bucks managed three in the bottom half. Deion Thompson (Western Illinois) contributed two from a single. Duluth got two in the seventh and then four more in the eighth when McArthur knocked in another. One more unearned run came in the ninth as the bullpen pitched the final four to end the game.
Bismarck 1, Eau Claire 4
The Eau Claire Express used a three-run second to get ahead and defeat the Bismarck Larks 4-1. Eau Claire started things in the second with a fielder’s choice, sac fly and an RBI single by Garrett Gouldsmith (New Mexico). David LaManna (Notre Dame) led off the sixth for Eau Claire with a dinger. Justin Slaten (New Mexico) took a no-hitter into the fifth, but it was snapped by a single from Christian Montes (Stony Brook). The Express turned to the bullpen in the ninth. Bismarck got on the board from an RBI double by Kyle Stevens (Murray State), but the next guy flew out to end the game. .
Fond du Lac 9, Rockford 10 (10 Innings)
The Rockford Rivets walk it off in the bottom of the 10th and defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 10-9. Fondy scored the first three of the game. Brad Hudson (Southern Illinois) tripled in a run in the first and Mitch Boe (Iowa) knocked in two from a double in the next inning. The Rivets got two in the fourth from a sac fly and an RBI single by Brock Martin (Texas Tech). Rockford tied the game in the fifth, but the Spider retook the lead in the sixth. It went back and forth once again, but this time Rockford gained control in the sixth with a pair of runs. The Rivets scored twice again in the seventh, but the Dock Spiders managed to tie it up in the eighth. Boe knocked in two in the top of the ninth to take the lead, but the Rivets forced extras in the bottom half. Finally with two outs and bases loaded in the 10th, Rockford won the game off a walk.
Kalamazoo 7, Kenosha 0
The Kalamazoo Growlers used three pitchers and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 7-0. The Growlers scored their first three in the second. Two of the runs came when Jared Miller (Notre Dame) knocked in two from a single. Kalamazoo made it five in the fifth from consecutive bases loaded walks. They tacked on one in the sixth and then Miller drove in another in the ninth. Jack Nelson (Boston College) stayed hot in his first start and third appearance with five scoreless. Tom Vail (Notre Dame) and Mason Shinabery (Huntington) combined for four innings in relief, one hit, four walks and seven strikeouts.
Rochester 1, Mankato 14
The Mankato MoonDogs poured it on the Rochester Honkers all game and won 14-1. The MoonDogs got their first three in the opening inning from two bases loaded walks and one of Zac Wiley’s three RBI from a single. Wiley did it again in the second which started a two-run inning. Mankato got one in the third and then went off in the sixth for six runs. Wiley started it all again as Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) followed with two from a double. Adam Lukas (Evansville) went five, gave up nothing on two hits while striking out nine. The Honkers got on the board in the eighth when Reed Hjelle (Minnesota Crookston) knocked in one from a double. The MoonDogs responded for one in the bottom half as that went on to be the final score.
Willmar 1, Thunder Bay 2
The Thunder Bay Border Cats held the Willmar Stingers scoreless until the seventh inning in a 2-1 victory. The Border Cats jumped on the board in the fourth when Brady Gulakowksi (North Carolina State) drove in a run from a single. Thunder Bay went up two in the next inning from another RBI single. Willmar finally got on the board in the seventh on an RBI ground out. Alexander Nolan (Brock) threw eight, only allowed the one on three hits while striking out five as Andrew Gross (Texas Arlington) picked up the save.
La Crosse 4, St. Cloud 11
The St. Cloud Rox used consecutive four-run innings to defeat the La Crosse Loggers 11-3. The Rox got a pair right away when Ryan Lillard (Arizona State) hit a single. La Crosse took the lead in the third with three which was powered by an error and a two-run single by Harrison Freed (Butler). The Rox tied it in the bottom half on an error. The fifth inning is when St. Cloud pushed across on an error and a two-RBI double from Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown). They then broke it open in the sixth when they scored four more. Evan Johnson (Creighton) pitched the final three for the Rox as he picked up his first save of the season.
Battle Creek 8, Wisconsin Rapids 1
The Battle Creek Bombers scored early and often as they defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 8-1. Battle Creek scored first in the second inning and another in the third. Riley Triotta (Dayton) added two more from a single in the fifth. The Bombers got a pair in the seventh, but Rapids responded for one in the bottom half for an unearned RBI ground out. Battle Creek then drew a walk with the bases loaded in the ninth and retired the side in the bottom half to win the game.
Schedule for June 7:
Madison @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Duluth @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Willmar @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Battle Creek @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
Mankato @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)