Duluth Ends Marathon Game with Thunder Bay From a Two-Run Triple in Top 15th
The Duluth Huskies and the Thunder Bay Border Cats completed the longest game this season. The Huskies went 10 innings without scoring until they plated two on a triple in the 15th inning for the eventual game-winner. Meanwhile, the Madison Mallards won its tenth straight game and hold the best record in the league at 12-3.
Wisconsin Rapids 8, Kenosha 1
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used some late inning run support to keep the lead and defeat the Kenosha Kingfish 8-1. Rapids got a pair in the third which was bookend by an RBI single from Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV). Brody Wofford (UCF) went deep for two in the sixth to put the Rafters up four. Brecken Lewis (Dixie State) threw six, gave up nothing on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Kenosha’s only run of the game came on a solo shot by Devin Ortiz (Virginia) in the seventh. The Rafters got two more in the eighth and then a homer from Wold in the ninth as the Kingfish side was retired in the bottom half.
Madison 4, Lakeshore 0
The Madison Mallards held the Lakeshore Chinooks to just four hits and won the game 4-0. The scoring started in the fifth when Drew Ober (UNC Charlotte) knocked in a run from an RBI ground out. Ober knocked in two more in the sixth for Madison. Joe Randa then knocked in number four in the top of the ninth. Brian Martinez (Connors State) threw long relief for three innings and got the win while Tanner Rogen (Oral Roberts) threw the final two and converted his first save of the season.
Rockford 12, Green Bay 7
The Rockford Rivets went off the in the sixth and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 12-7. Rockford scored their first three in the third which started with Branden Mosley (Tennessee Wesleyan) knocking in two from a double. The Frogs answered for one in the bottom half and then took the lead in the fourth which was powered by Collin Luty (Northern Kentucky) hitting an RBI single. The Rivets retook the lead for good in the sixth inning. Jacob Vander Wal (Central Arizona) knocked in three from a single and Pat Loeffler (Indiana) jacked a shot for two more. The Rivets connected on a pair in the eighth. Loeffler knocked in two more in the ninth, but the Frogs got three in the bottom of the ninth which was powered by Tate Soderstrom (Arizona) hitting an RBI single. The Rivets though were able to get the next guy to strikeout to preserve the win.
Battle Creek 6, Fond du Lac 2
The Battle Creek Bombers used a big sixth inning and defeated the Fond du Lack Dock Spiders 6-2. Both Michael McCraith (Wheaton) and Jon Mierzwa (Catholic) pitched five innings and didn’t give up a run. Battle Creek jumped on the board in the sixth when they raked for five hits, four resulting in runs with Michael Brown (Wofford) getting the first RBI. The Bombers got another in the eighth, but the Spiders finally got to Mierzwa when Mitch Boe (Iowa) knocked in two with a single. He did end the game with just the two on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. The Bombers got one more in the ninth which proved to be the final score.
Wisconsin 2, Kalamazoo 6
The Kalamazoo Growlers scored early and often on their way to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-2. Kalamazoo scored a pair in the opening inning when Zach Daniels (Tennessee) hit a triple with two men on. The Growlers got another in the second and then one more in the fourth when Sam Crail (Indiana) went deep. The Chucks got on the board in the fifth when Payton Nelson (UWSP) knocked in a run from a single. Kalamazoo got one in the seventh and their bullpen did the rest to end the game.
Duluth 6, Thunder Bay 4 (15 Innings)
The Duluth Huskies needed 15 innings to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 6-4. The Border Cats got one in the bottom of the first from a sac fly out. Thunder Bay drove in two more in the second which started from an RBI single by Trent Athmann (Luther). Both teams got runs in the third as the Huskies scored on a wild pitch and Thunder Bay got an RBI single by Nick Conti (Eckerd). Duluth then tied it in the fourth as Sam Hawley’s two-run single eventually forced extra innings. Duluth’s biggest contributor out of the pen was Tim Holdgrafer (Cal Ply Pomona) who threw the final four in his first appearance, allowed just one hit and three walks while striking out six. Trevin Esquerra (Loyola-Marymount) finally cracked the Cats’ bullpen with a two-run triple in the 15th which eventually became the game-winner.
St. Cloud 3, Bismarck 5
The Bismarck Larks jumped out to an early lead and defeated the St. Cloud Rox 5-3. St. Cloud led first from an RBI fielder’s choice in the opening inning. Chase Coker (Arkansas Little Rock) then hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom half for the Larks. The Rox tied it up in the fifth from the long ball by Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio). Bismarck retook the lead in the sixth and then added one more in the seventh. Tristen Hudson (West Virginia) pitched two scoreless out of the bullpen for the win and Jeff Lindgren (Illinois State) converted the save with just facing four batters in the ninth.
Waterloo 3, Mankato 8
The Mankato MoonDogs scored six in the final three innings and went on to defeat the Waterloo Bucks 8-3. Waterloo got one in the fourth from an RBI double by Drue Galassi (Western Illinois). The MoonDogs took the lead with a pair from consecutive RBI singles by Max Wright (Indiana State) and Kenton Crews (Evansville). Mankato got two more in the sixth and then three more in the seventh when Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) and Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) both went deep. The Bucks got two in the eighth, but the MoonDogs got one in the bottom half. Jordan Jackson (Nevada) pitched the final 1.2 for Mankato, allowed just one hit and struck out one.
Eau Claire 4, Willmar 5
The Willmar Stingers held off a late rally from the Eau Claire Express and won the game 5-4. The Stingers scored first in the fourth when Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) hit a solo shot. Eau Claire tied it in the fifth on an error, but Willmar retook the lead in the bottom half. The Stingers tacked on insurance runs in the seventh which started from Davis Elliot (North Alabama) doubling in a run. The Express managed to come within one which was powered by a two-run single from Cody Milligan (Oklahoma State), but the side was retired as the last out was recorded on a strike out.
La Crosse 10, Rochester 5
The La Crosse Loggers used a big fifth inning to get ahead and defeat the Rochester Honkers 5-3. The Honkers got one in the bottom of the first on a single by Alex Baeza (Hawaii). La Crosse Jacked two home runs to take the lead in the second which came from Harrison Freed (Butler) and Brandon Raquet (William & Mary). Rochester tied it in the third and took the lead in the fourth with four more as Derek Scott (Abilene Christian) homered in three. La Crosse got five in the fifth inning to retake the lead which started with Zion Pettigrew (Iowa) doubling in two. Freed homered once again in the eighth which started a three-run inning. The Loggers turned to the pen in the sixth, threw a guy in each inning, only allowed one hit and two walks while striking out seven.
Schedule for Junes 13:
Thunder Bay @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Madison (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Willmar (7:05 PM)