There are some hot teams sitting at the top of both Divisions. Duluth has won four in a row, Bismarck won its third, Madison’s winning streak is at five, but Kalamazoo holds the longest at 10 which is good enough for second in the South.
Madison 10, Wisconsin 6
The Madison Mallards scored early and late as they defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 10-6. Madison got three right away in the second when Trevor Boone (Oklahoma State) went deep. The Chucks went ahead with five in the bottom half which was capped off by Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M) going deep. The Mallards answered to take the lead in the third as Jake Randa (NW Florida State) roped an RBI double. Wisconsin managed one in the fourth, but the Mallards got key insurance runs in the eighth inning while Madison used five relievers to keep the lead. Leon Hunter (North Carolina A&T) pitched 1.2, allowed nothing, struck out five and picked up the win.
Green Bay 5, Lakeshore 1
The Green Bay Bullfrogs used a big seventh inning, prevented a late rally and defeated the Lakeshore Chinooks 5-1. Jake Munoz (San Francisco) started the game with a home run for Green Bay. Ryan Gowens (Arizona) started for the Frogs, threw five scoreless, allowed two hits and five walks while striking out one. Green Bay got another in the sixth and three more in the seventh from an error. The Chinooks then bases loaded with one out, DJ Lee (Richmond) hit a sac fly, but the next guys struck out to end the game.
Battle Creek 1, Rockford 0
The Battle Creek Bombers survived a pitcher’s duel and defeated the Rockford Rivets 1-0. The one run came in the second when Michael Brown (Wofford) hit an RBI single. The Bombers got a much-needed complete game shutout from Amani Godfrey (Saginaw Valley State). He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out six to improve his record to 2-2. Jackson Bronke (Heartland) threw seven and gave up just the one run on three hits and struck out seven. Tanner Propst (Louisiana Tech) threw the final three, but the Rivet’s offense couldn’t get anything going all game.
Wisconsin Rapids 2, Fond du Lac 5
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders got key insurance runs in the eighth and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 5-2. Both teams got runs in the opening inning. Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) knocked in one from a single for Rapids as Alex Erro (Northwestern) doubled in one for Fondy. The Spiders went ahead for two in the fifth. Jon Young (Indiana Wesleyan) threw 5.1, gave up just the one run to put himself in position for the win. The Rafters got another in the eighth, but the Dock Spiders picked up two in the bottom half with Zach Bryant (Daytona State) converting his second save.
St. Cloud 5, La Crosse 4
The St. Cloud Rox came back in the eighth and ninth to defeat the La Crosse Loggers 5-4. La Crosse got a pair in the bottom of the first from a couple errors. The Rox tied it up in the third from Ryan Davis (Georgetown) doubling and later scoring. La Crosse retook the lead with one in the bottom half from Korey Lee (Cal) hitting an RBI single. The Loggers went up two in the sixth, but Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) tied it for the Rox in the eighth on a two-run single. The Rox then took the lead in the top of the ninth when Davis knocked in the eventual game-winner.
Kenosha 6, Kalamazoo 7
The Kalamazoo Growlers outlasted the Kenosha Kingfish and won the game 7-6. The Growlers scored an early five runs in the third and fourth. The Kingfish managed to tie the game after the fifth. Mike Madej (NW Florida State) hit a three-run shot to add to the six runs for the game. Kalamazoo got two in the sixth, only allowed one in the seventh and had Mason Shinabery (Huntington) convert his second save of the season. Baron Radcliff (Georgia Tech) knocked in three runs tonight for Kalamazoo while Sam Faith (Missouri State) delivered a two-run shot.
Duluth 7, Thunder Bay 4
The Duluth Huskies used a key third inning which was enough to go on and defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 7-4. Duluth got one right away in the opening inning from an error. The Huskies went up four in the top of the third which was powered by two bases loaded walk, a sac fly and RBI single by Julian Escobedo (San Diego State). The Cats managed three in the bottom half when Brandon Trammell (Tennessee) doubled in the second run and scored the third. Both teams got runs in the fifth with Duluth picking up one more in the ninth inning as Jack Corbell (Miami (OH)) converted a four-inning save.
Waterloo 3, Willmar 4
The Willmar Stingers walked it off in the bottom of the ninth as they defeated the Waterloo Bucks 4-3. The Stingers got one in the second which came from Richie Garcia (FGCU) singling in a run. Waterloo took the lead when Deion Thompson (Western Illinois) connected on a two-run double. Willmar tied it up in the fourth on an unearned run, but the Stinger retook the Bucks retook the lead in the sixth. The Stingers then tied it up on an RBI fielder’s choice and won the game from a wild pitch scoring Matt Rudick (San Diego State).
Eau Claire 4, Mankato 2
The Eau Claire Express scored early and late as they went on to defeat the Mankato MoonDogs 4-2. The Express got a pair In the second which was started from Phillip Sikes (New Mexico) knocking in one on a single. Scott Ogrin (Cal Poly) then led off the third with a dinger for Eau Claire. The MoonDogs got their only two in the fifth when Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) hit an RBI single and scored. The Express got one more in the eighth when Sikes scored on an RBI single and won the game after he converted his fourth save of the seaon.
Rochester 6, Bismarck 9
The Bismarck Larks battled all game and defeated the Rochester Honkers 9-6. The Larks got a pair in the second which was capped off by Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) hitting an run-scoring double. The Honkers got one in the third, but the Larks responded for three in the bottom half when Michael Farnell (Murray State) went deep. Rochester came within one in the fourth from two Larks errors, but Bismarck got one back in the fifth. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the sixth as Farnell knocked in two more and one more came in the eighth Colan Borchers (Western Illinois) picked up his second save.
Schedule for June 23:
Waterloo @ Mankato (6:05 PM)
Bismarck @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Thunder Bay (6:05 PM)
Rockford @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Rochester @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Kenosha (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
Madison @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)