League Leader Kyle MacDonald Hits Walk-Off Home Run for Mankato
Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) came into today’s action tied for first with three home runs, won the game with his fourth of the season to give him the top spot by himself.
Kenosha 4, Wisconsin 1
The Kenosha Kingfish went ahead in the seventh and tacked on more insurance runs in the eighth to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-1. Kenosha scored right away in the opening inning when Jack Weiller (Virginia) connected on an RBI single. The Chucks tied it up in the fourth when Javier Valdes (FIU) went deep. The then Kingfish went up two in the seventh. Evan McDonald (Farleigh Dickinson) hit a solo shot in the eighth for Kenosha’s fourth run of the game. Denson Hull (Creighton) started and got the win as he went seven, gave up one run on four hits while striking out four. Zack Jones (Illinois) finished the final two and converted the save.
Rockford 0, Lakeshore 10
The Lakeshore Chinooks cooled off the Rockford Rivets and won the game 10-0. The Chinooks got on the board right away in the first inning on an RBI single by DJ Lee (Richmond). Lakeshore made it two in the third and then four in the fifth which came from Connor Christman (Butler) hit a two-run shot. Another came in the sixth and then two more in the seventh. Brendan McGuigan (Richmond) pitched six scoreless for Lakeshore, only allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five as the bullpen pitched two guys to end the game.
Thunder Bay 1, Mankato 2 (10 Innings)
The Mankato MoonDogs hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth and defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 2-1. Both teams traded runs in the second inning. Thunder Bay went up from an RBI ground out and the MoonDogs tied it when Evan Klugerman (Bucknell) hit an RBI single. Drew Gooch (Texas at Arlington) had a solid start for the Border Cats, throwing six and only allowing the one run on six hits and one walk while striking out five. Nick Belzer (Minnesota State) threw seven for Mankato, allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out two. Brandon Pfaadt (Bellarmine) threw three out of the bullpen and picked up the win after Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) hit a walk-off with one out in the bottom of the tenth.
Battle Creek 6, Madison 7
The Madison Mallards avoided a late comeback from the Battle Creek Bombers and won the game 7-6. Battle Creek got on the board in the opening inning on an RBI single from Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist). The Mallards took the lead in the second on consecutive RBI singles by Hunter Hisky (Southwest Baptist) and Drew Ober (UNC Charlotte). In the fourth it was a two-run double and a two-run single that put Madison up five. They got one more in the sixth, but the Bombers answered big in the seventh. Nate Jones (Eastern Michigan) started things with an RBI single in an inning that resulted in five. Madison used five out of the bullpen and the final three was able to end the game.
Fond du Lac 2, Wisconsin Rapids 11
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used the fourth and fifth to get ahead of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and win the game 11-2. Both teams traded runs in the opening inning. Duncan Hewitt (Butler) singled one in for the Spiders while Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois) did the same for Rapids. Payton Robertson (Lamar) started a four-run fourth with a two-run double. Four Rapids singles produced runs in the fifth as another came from an error. They got another in the seventh. Fondy got one in the eighth on a bases loaded walk, but the side was retired in the ninth.
Waterloo 3, La Crosse 6
The La Crosse Loggers prevented a late rally from the Waterloo Bucks and won the game 6-3. The Loggers got on the board in the second inning when Jordan Holladay (South Carolina) connected on an RBI double. La Crosse scored another in the third and then went up four in the fourth when Korey Lee (Cal) homered. Peter Hamot (Lewis) threw seven scoreless, only allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. Brendan Heuth (St. Joseph’s) got to the Loggers bullpen and cut the Bucks’ deficit in half from a single and an error. La Crosse then turned to Brian Schrimmer (Bradley) for the final 1.2 where he picked up his first save of the season.
Green Bay 2, Kalamazoo 3
The Kalamazoo Growlers walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 3-2. Both starters had things going for the first four innings. Colby Morris (Middlebury) started for Green Bay, threw five, gave up one run on six hits while striking out five. Kyle Virbitsky (Penn State) threw six, allowed one run on four hits while striking out five. Sam Faith (Missouri State) homered to lead off the fifth and put the Growlers on the board. The Frogs tied the game in the sixth, but Kalamazoo went up one in the bottom half on an RBI single. Green Bay tied it in the eighth to force extra innings. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Jason Sullivan (Central Michigan) knocked in Faith on a single for the game-winner.
Willmar 8, Duluth 11
The Duluth Huskies went back and forth with the Willmar Stingers all game, but came out ahead 11-8. The Stingers got their first in the opening inning Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) went deep. The Huskies then took the lead by three in the bottom half which was started by an error and powered by Tor Sehnert (Coastal Carolina) hitting an RBI single. Ricca did it again in the second, this time on a double, but the Huskies had Sehnert knocking in another too. The Stingers came within two in the fourth, but Duluth put up another four spot in the bottom half. Jayson Newman (Cal-State Northridge) went deep for a pair in the fifth for Willmar, but the Huskies answered in the seventh for two of their own. Willmar fought back for two in the eighth and the none more in the ninth, but the final batter struck out to end the game.
Bismarck 3, Eau Claire 0
The Bismarck Larks limited the Eau Claire Express to just five hits in their 3-0 victory. Hendry Rodriguez (LSU-Alexandria) was the story for Bismarck. He threw six, only allowed two hits and four walks while striking out eight. Kyle Stevens (Murray State) put the Larks on the board when he led off the fourth with a dinger. Ripken Reyes (Cal) added a pair more in the seventh inning to put Bismarck up three while the bullpen threw two guys in-order to close out the game.
St. Cloud 0, Rochester 6
The Rochester Honkers used two innings to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 6-0. The Honkers got on the board with four in the fourth which started from David Noworyta (Hawaii) knocking in three from a double. David Lemasters (Lake Erie) improved to 2-0 after going six innings, only allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. The Honkers got two more in the seventh from a balk and RBI double while the bullpen used three guys to end the game in a win.
Schedule for June 9:
Rochester @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)
Battle Creek @ Madison (6:05 PM)
Waterloo @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Mankato (6:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Willmar @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Green Bay @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)