Madison Hits Walk-Off Home Run, Wins Eighth Straight for League Best 10-3 Record
We saw two walk-off home runs tonight. St. Cloud did it again in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Thunder Bay. The first place Madison Mallards then jacked a shot with two men on in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Kenosha.
Wisconsin 0, Wisconsin Rapids 1
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters held the Wisconsin Woodchucks to just three hits and won the game 1-0. It was a pitcher’s duel throughout. Orsen Josephina (Palm Beach Atlantic) pitched a solid six innings for the Chucks. He allowed just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four. The only run of the game came in second when Brody Wofford (UCF) went deep for Rapids. Gareth Stroh (Purdue) got the start for the Rafters, only let up three hits and one walk while striking out six. Mason McReaken (SIUE) pitched the next three and Hunter Robichaux (Bucknell) pitched the ninth and converted his second save of the season.
Green Bay 2, Battle Creek 10 (7 Innings)
The Battle Creek Bombers jumped all over the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the sixth and won the game an inning later when it ended due to rain. The Bombers got their first in the opening inning from a sac fly. The Frogs took the lead with two in the second from a fielder’s choice and sac fly. The Bombers then got three in the bottom half for the lead again. Battle Creek finally got their big inning. Michael Brown (Wofford) started things with an RBI double and he came around to score on a two-run double later on. Anthony Brophy (St. John’s Fisher) threw all seven, gave up two runs on seven hits, struck out seven, ended the seventh inning for the win.
Eau Claire 0, Waterloo 4
The Waterloo Bucks got a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth while going on to defeat the Eau Claire Express 4-0. The Bucks got a great seven scoreless innings out of Javin Drake (Western Illinois) where he only allowed three hits, one walk while striking out 10. One of Waterloo’s runs in the fifth came on Ryan Gonzalez (Incarnate Word) hitting an RBI single. Kevin Welsh (Rutgers) knocked in both in the sixth inning from a single as the bullpen pitched two guys and preserved the shutout.
Mankato 4, Duluth 9
The Duluth Huskies retook the lead in the seventh inning and defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 9-4. The Huskies got on the board in the third from an RBI single by Augie Isaacson (Friends). Mankato went ahead in the sixth from a three-run shot by Josh Elvir (Houston). Duluth was quick to take the lead back in the bottom half. John Lagattuta (Cal) started a four-run sixth inning from an RBI double. Duluth tacked on two more in the seventh when they got an RBI double and RBI single in consecutive at bats. The MoonDogs managed one in the eighth from an RBI single, but Duluth got a pair in the bottom half from an error which proved to be enough to win the game.
Rochester 2, Bismarck 6
The Bismarck Larks kept pace in the early innings and use its pitching later on to defeat the Rochester Honkers 6-2. The Larks scored a pair in the bottom half of the opening inning from consecutive RBI singles by Dylan Rock (UTSA) and Brandon Barna (Alcorn State). David Noworyta (Hawaii) hit a single to put the Honkers on the board, but Bismarck responded in the bottom half. The Honkers made in consecutive innings, but so did Bismarck. Finally, Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) knocked in two on a double in the fourth to put Bismarck up four. Carlos Lopez (Alcorn State) improved to 3-0 for the season after giving up just two in 6.2 while Tristen Hudson (West Virginia) threw the final 2.1 to preserve the lead.
Kalamazoo 0, Rockford 2
The Rockford Rivets scored just once in the opening inning and that proved to be the difference maker in a 2-0 victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers. The Rivets scored a pair in the bottom of the first which started with Brennan Reback (Central Arizona) hitting an RBI single. Cole Bellair (Tennessee Wesleyan) was the second pitcher to improve to 3-0 today. He threw seven scoreless on three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Adam Wheaton (Trine) threw 7.2 for the Growlers, gave up just the two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Evan Snyder (Parkland) threw the final two for the Rivets and converted the save.
Kenosha 5, Madison 7 (10 Innings)
The Madison Mallards walked it off in the bottom of the tenth and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 7-5. Madison got a pair in the second inning which started from Jayse McLean (NDSU) knocking in a run from a single. Kenosha responded big time for five in the fourth. An error and wild pitch brought in the first two runs which was then followed by an RBI single from Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) and a bases loaded walk. The Mallards came within one in bottom half and then tied it in the next inning. The Mallards threw four guys out of the bullpen and between them all, didn’t give up a run. That forced extra innings and with one out and one guy on in the bottom of the 10th, Hunter Hisky (Southwest Baptist) jacked a shot out to win the game.
Thunder Bay 6, St. Cloud 7
The St. Cloud Rox won another game in walk-off fashion today as they defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 7-6. The Border Cats got on the board in the opening inning when Nick Conti (Eckerd) drove in a run from a single. The Rox responded for four in the third which was powered by a three-run shot from Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio). Thunder Bay tied it in the fourth as they capitalized on two Rox errors. St. Cloud then retook the lead in the bottom half when Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) knocked in two from a single. The Border Cats got one in the fifth and then tied it up in the seventh inning. With the second pitch in the bottom of the ninth, Barrie went deep to end the game.
Willmar 3, La Crosse 0
The Willmar Stingers held the La Crosse Loggers to just three hits tonight and won the game 3-0. Willmar got on the board in the third when Calvin Estrada (Long Beach State went deep. They tacked on another in the fifth from an RBI single and then another in the sixth to make it a three-run game. Braden Scott (Olney Central) threw 5.2 scoreless on three hits and four walks while striking out nine for the his second win this season. Jordan Bonk (Iowa Western) Jayson Newman (Cal-State Northridge) pitched the final 3.1 out of the bullpen to seal the game.
Fond du Lac 3, Lakeshore 8
The Lakeshore Chinooks used a nice third inning to get ahead defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. Fondy got three in the third which started on consecutive RBI base hits from Chris Ayers (Indiana State) and Troy Black (Kentucky). Lakeshore then took the lead in the bottom half which was fueled by two Spiders errors and an RBI double by Jack Dunn (Northwestern). The Chinooks managed two more in the fourth and fifth from RBI singles and then a pair in the eighth which was started on a solo shot by Web Charles (Youngstown State). Brandon Komar (Madison College) was then able to convert the two inning save for the Chinooks.
Schedule for June 11:
Kalamazoo @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Eau Claire @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Mankato @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Willmar @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Rochester @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)