Duluth, Wisconsin Rapids Both Win in Walk-Off Fashion
The Duluth Huskies needed extra innings to defeat Mankato on an RBI single. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters went scoreless with Wisconsin until the bottom of the ninth when they also came with a game-winning RBI single.
Kalamazoo 2, Rockford 7
The Rockford Rivets used the middle innings to get ahead and defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 7-2. Both teams traded runs in the opening inning on RBI ground outs. The Rivets then took the lead in the fourth with three runs when Cade Bunnell (Indiana) started things with an RBI double and Kalamazoo committed three errors. Rockford got another RBI from Bunnell in the fifth, but that time it was a single. Justin Walker (Indiana) hit an RBI double in a two-run sixth inning. Chase Kueter (Dubuque) threw eight, allowed two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. The second run for the Growlers came in the eighth on an error by the shortstop, but the bullpen shut the door in the ninth for the Rivets.
Eau Claire 5, Waterloo 8
The Waterloo Bucks used a big five-run fifth to get ahead and defeat the Eau Claire Express 8-5. Eau Claire got a pair right away in the opening inning when Nate Thimjon (Fresno State) hit a single. The Bucks tied things up in the third on two RBI singles. The big fifth inning started when Drue Galassi (Western Illinois) knocked in two from a single and more came from an error. The Express scored one in the sixth and then twice more in the eighth, but Waterloo responded for one in the bottom half. Matthew Perea (New Mexico State) pitched the ninth as the sixth pitcher for Waterloo and converted the save.
Lakeshore 3, Fond du Lac 6
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders used a big third inning and defeated the Lakeshore Chinooks 6-3. Fondy put up five in the big third inning. Two RBI singles along with an error sent the first pair in, but Thomas Luevano (Creighton) went deep to send the next three home. The Chinooks were able to come within two in the fifth as Connor Kimple (South Mountain) knocked in two of his own from a single. The Spiders got one back in the eighth as the bullpen for the Dock Spiders threw the last 4.1 scoreless to secure the win.
Mankato 2, Duluth 3 (10 Innings)
The Duluth Huskies walked it off in the bottom of the 10th and defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 3-2. The Huskies got on the board in the opening inning when Nicholas Sogard (Loyola-Marymount) hit an RBI single. Mankato then went on a scoring run with consecutive RBI hits from Josh Elvir (Houston) and Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State). The MoonDogs got six out of their starter Josh Ramirez (Washington) after he settled down. Zac Shoemaker (Missouri Southern) pitched eight for Duluth, only let up the two on six hits and two walks for five strikeouts. Duluth tied it in the eighth and then with two on and nobody out in the 10th, Sam Baier (Augustana) knocked in the game-winner from a single.
Madison 5, Kenosha 3
The Madison Mallards prevented a very late rally from the Kenosha Kingfish and won its 11th game of the season in a 5-3 victory. Jon Ostroff (George Mason) got the start for the Kingfish, threw four scoreless and just allowed one hit. Dalton Wiggins (Marietta) threw six for Madison, allowed nothing on four hits while striking out five. Madison then got on the board from a grand slam by David Vinsky (Northwood). Madison got up to five in the ninth. Kenosha got three in the bottom of the ninth, but the side was retired to end the game.
Willmar 4, La Crosse 9
The La Crosse Loggers tacked on insurance runs in the eighth inning to help in their 9-4 victory over the Willmar Stingers. La Crosse got a pair first in the second inning which started with Zion Pettigrew (Iowa) knocking in one from a single. The Stingers took the lead with three in the fourth from two RBI singles and an RBI double by Jayson Newman (Cal-State Northridge). Pettigrew did it again in the bottom half to give the Loggers the lead back from a double. La Crosse added another in the fifth and the Stingers did the same in the next inning, but La Crosse responded again. Finally in the eighth Shane McGuire (San Diego) singled in two and scored himself for which would go on to be the final score.
Thunder Bay 3, St. Cloud 5
The St. Cloud Rox went ahead in the fifth, prevented a late rally from the Thunder Bay Border Cats and won the game 5-3. Both teams scored in the opening inning. The Cats got one from a sac fly while the Rox scored on a wild pitch. Thunder Bay took the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Mark Viering (Missouri), but St. Cloud responded for three in the bottom half which included an error that scored two. The Rox got a sac fly in the sixth, but the Border Cats got another in the eighth to make it a two-run game. Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) was able to pitch the final 1.2 scoreless and get his first save of the season.
Green Bay 11, Battle Creek 7
The Green Bay Bullfrogs scored a lot early and defeated the Battle Creek Bombers 11-7. The Frogs scored three on consecutive RBI doubles in the second from Jake Munoz (San Francisco) and Blaise Maris (Florida Tech). Battle Creek got one in the bottom half from an RBI single by Jalen Thomas (Madonna). The Frogs got another pair in the third, but the Bombers got another one of their own in the bottom half. Green Bay took advantage of three errors in the fourth for three more, but the Bombers got one in the fifth. The Frogs put up their 11th in the sixth, but Battle Creek managed three in the bottom half from two errors. The Bombers cut its deficit to four in the seventh, but Green Bay threw relievers to end the game.
Rochester 7, Bismarck 4
The Rochester Honkers avoided a late rally from the Bismarck Larks and won the game 7-4. Both teams traded runs in the first. The Honkers got one from a sac fly, but the Larks responded in the bottom half with an RBI double from Kyle Stevens (Murray State). Rochester then went ahead in the fifth for three each from base-knocks. Bismarck picked up one in the sixth from an error and then another in the seventh on a single by Christian Montes (Stony Brook). The Honkers added three key insurance runs in the eighth from an error. Bismarck put two guys on in the bottom of the ninth, scored a runner, but got the next guy to fly out to end the game.
Wisconsin 0, Wisconsin Rapids 1
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 1-0. It was the starting pitching show early on. Alec Abdalah (Los Angeles Harbor) threw six scoreless for the Chucks, only allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three. Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) improved to 3-0 after throwing six, only allowing one hit and four walks while striking out four. Candler Greenfield (Dixie State) threw three innings which qualified him for his first save of the season. With one on and nobody out in the ninth, Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) hit a walk-off single to give Rapids the win.
Schedule for June 12:
Wisconsin Rapids @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Rochester (7:05 PM)