The Madison Mallards managed to split an important two-game series with Kalamazoo which led to their league lead 20th win and a one game lead in the South. In the North, Duluth has lost two in a row and now only hold a two game lead on Mankato, Willmar and Bismarck.
Lakeshore 3, Battle Creek 5
The Battle Creek Bombers used consecutive two-run innings to build a lead and defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 5-3. The Bombers got one in the third from an RBI double by Michael Brown (Wofford). Battle Creek got two in the next inning and then another two in the fifth from Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist) hitting a two-run single. Takahiro Yamada (Dayton) knocked in two in the sixth for the Chinooks and then one more in the ninth, but the next guy struck out to end the game.
Eau Claire 5, Rochester 2
The Eau Claire Express scored four in the final two innings and defeated the Rochester Honkers 5-2. The Rochester Honkers scored a pair in the opening inning from a wild pitch and error. Eau Claire then got a run in the fifth from an error to cut its deficit in half. Tyler Strzelczyk (MATC) threw 2.2 scoreless in relief and only allowed one hit and one walks while striking out one to put himself in position to get the win. The Express went ahead in the eighth with two and then tacked on two more in the ninth from Scott Ogrin (Cal Poly) going deep. Phillip Sikes (New Mexico) then came in for the final 1.1 and earned his fifth save.
Rockford 8, Green Bay 4
The Rockford Rivets went off in the second inning which was enough to defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 8-4. The Frogs faced a lot of command issues in the second. The first four came bases loaded walks and wild pitches. Mason Templet (LSUE) then hit an RBI single and Wyatt Mascarella (St. Johns) knocked in two with a double. Green Bay got on the board in the third with two when Riley Mihalik (Rider) went deep. JT Baksha (Western Illinois) threw 2.2 scoreless for the Rivets in relief. Templet delivered again in the eighth, but the Frogs got two in the bottom half. Anthony Holubecki (Notre Dame) bounced back and retired the side to end the game.
St. Cloud 6, Thunder Bay 0
The St. Cloud Rox used three pitchers to shutout the Thunder Bay Border Cats 6-0. The Rox got one in the second and then three in the third which came from two bases loaded walks and a sac fly from Noah Hill (BYU). St. Cloud got one unearned run in the seventh and then another in the ninth from an RBI single by Ryan Weisenerg (Georgetown). Zach Lauzon (Concordia-St. Paul) got the start, threw six scoreless, allowed just four hits while striking out three to earn his first win of the season.
Madison 6, Kalamazoo 4
The Madison Mallards scored twice in the final three innings and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 6-4. Kalamazoo went deep for a solo shot by Zach Daniels (Tennessee) in the second inning. The Mallards got Trevor Schwecke (UW Milwaukee) to hit a two-run home run in the third. The Growlers got two in the bottom half, but Tyler Plantier (Richmond) and David Vinsky (Northwood) led off the fourth with dingers. Kalamazoo got one more in the fifth, but Madison scored again in the seventh and ninth. Trace Norkus (North Florida) got knocked around a little bit in the ninth, gave up nothing though and picked up his seventh save.
Wisconsin Rapids 4, Wisconsin 8
The Wisconsin Woodchucks scored four runs in the second, went ahead and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 8-4. Rapids jumped on the board in the second when Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) went deep for two. The Chucks then responded with a grand slam by Peter Ahn (Michigan State) in the bottom half. Wisconsin tacked on another in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Wisconsin scored number eight in the eighth on a bases loaded walk. Rivas jacked another two-run shot in the top of the ninth, but the next two flew out to end the game.
Fond du Lac 3, Kenosha 8
The Kenosha Kingfish scored four in the third which was enough to take the lead and defeat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 8-3. The Kingfish scored right away in the opening inning when Jack Weiller (Virginia) knocked in a run from a single. Fondy got two in the second when Tyler Wardwell (Duke) and Jacob Adams (Ole Miss) hit consecutive base-knocks and then scored another in the next inning. Kenosha went ahead with four in the bottom half which was powered by a two-run single by Will Wagner (Liberty). They got another in the next inning and then put up a pair in the sixth. Keanu Mendez (Concordia-St. Paul) pitched 2.2 scoreless in relief and then Kevin Napoleon (Butler) threw the ninth to end the game.
Bismarck 5, La Crosse 4
The Bismarck Larks prevented a very late from the La Crosse Loggers and won the game 5-4. The Larks got one in the second from an RBI double by Carson Bartels. Bartels put up another in the fourth from a solo shot. The Larks put up one in the fifth and then another in the seventh. The Loggers cut its deficit in half in the bottom half which was capped off by Braiden Ward (Washington) knocked in a sac fly. Bismarck hit one in the ninth and the Loggers picked up two in the bottom half, but the rally was cut off from the very next batter on a fly out.
Duluth 4, Willmar 5
The Willmar Stingers scored early and late which was enough to defeat the Duluth Huskies 5-4. The Stingers got one in the bottom of the first and then two more in the second when Mark Rudick (San Diego State) went deep. Duluth picked up two in the third when Chris Gilbody (Georgetown) hit a single. The Huskies tied it in the sixth, but Richie Garcia (FGCU) hit a two-run shot to give Willmar the lead back. Duluth managed one in the top of the ninth, but the very next guy struck out for out number three.
Waterloo 3, Mankato 14
The Mankato MoonDogs used a big opening inning which put them over the Waterloo Bucks for a 14-3 victory. The Bucks got two in the opening inning from two RBI singles. The MoonDogs went off right away in the bottom half. Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) knocked in two from a single, Kenton Crews (Evansville) followed with one of his own while Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State) capped it off with the same thing. The Bucks got one in the second, but CJ Huntley (Indiana State) went deep for three in the bottom half. Mankato got another pair in the sixth and then one more in the eighth when Huntley knocked in another. Geremy Guerrero (Indiana State) pitched four in relief, gave up nothing on just two walks while striking out eight for his first win.
Schedule for June 25:
Eau Claire @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
Madison @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Willmar @ Rochester (7:05 PM)