The Mankato MoonDogs needed 10 innings to defeat the St. Cloud Rox which came on a walk-off single. Duluth has lost three in a row, giving Bismarck and Mankato just a one game deficit from first in the North. Meanwhile, Kalamazoo lost to Fond du Lac while Madison jumped all over Rapids to put the Mallards up two in the North.
Eau Claire 8, Duluth 4
The Eau Claire Express prevented a late rally from the Duluth Huskies in the bottom of the ninth as they preserved an 8-4 lead. Eau Claire got three in the opening inning which was capped off by Drew Hmielewski (Minnesota) knocking in two from a triple. Duluth responded with one in the bottom half when Nicholas Sogard (Loyola-Marymount) knocked in an RBI single. The Express got another four in the fifth which was done because of three errors. The then Express scored one in the seventh. The Huskies fought for three in the bottom of the ninth, but the side was retired to end the game.
Kalamazoo 4, Fond du Lac 7
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders used an important third inning and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 7-4. Both teams traded runs in the second inning. Jared Miller (Notre Dame) knocked in two for the Growlers from a single and Mitch Boe (Iowa) did the same for Fondy. Zach Daniels (Tennessee) hit a triple which knocked in a run, but the Spiders got four in the third which was powered by a run-scoring double by Braden Stutzman (Oregon). Sam Faith (Missouri State) went deep to lead off the sixth for Kalamazoo, but the Spiders responded for one in the seventh. Michael Hope (Shippensburg) threw 3 in relief for the Spiders while Zach Bryant (Daytona State) threw the final 4.2, allowed three, struck out five while saving his third game.
Bismarck 11, Waterloo 0
The Bismarck Larks scored early and often in their 11-0 defeat of the Waterloo Bucks. The Larks jumped for five in the second Wyatt Ulrich (Saint Johns) cleared the bases on a single and Christian Montes (Stony Brook) went deep. Bismarck scored once in the third and then again in the fourth. Jacob Nesbit (Arkansas) hit a three-run home run in the sixth and then the Larks got one more in the eighth. Jeff Lindgren (Illinois State) started and threw six, allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out three for his second win.
Lakeshore 2, Rockford 1
The Lakeshore Chinooks managed two runs in the sixth which was enough to defeat the Rockford Rivets 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel. Austin Jones (UW-Whitewater) threw 5.1 for the Chinooks. He allowed just one run on one hit with eight walks while striking out seven to put himself in position to get the win. Tyler Thornton (Faulkner) threw six for Rockford. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six. The one run for the Rivets came in the fifth from an RBI single by Cade Bunnell (Indiana). The Chinooks took the lead in the next inning on consecutive RBI single by Christian Boulware (Panola) and Dallas Beaver (UCF). The Bullpen threw the final 3.2 scoreless which included Nick Campe (Olivet Nazarene) picking up his second save.
Battle Creek 0, Green Bay 14
The Green Bay Bullfrogs went off all game and got dominant pitching to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 14-0. The Bombers committed all three of their errors in the opening inning which sent five runs to come across. The Frogs scored another four in the fourth as Blaise Maris (Florida Tech) homered in two of his own. Green Bay got another pair in the fifth as Maris knocked in another. Blake Nelson (Michigan) Knocked in one in the sixth on a single and Riley Mihalik (Rider) hit a two-run shot in the seventh. Leo Perez (Texas Corpus Christi) threw six innings and just gave up three hits and one walk while striking out three for his third win of the season.
Wisconsin 4, Kenosha 6
The Kenosha Kingfish scored six in the first three innings which was enough to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-4. Kenosha put up one in the first from a wild pitch. Wisconsin scored four in the second where half came from Nick Loftin (Baylor) hitting a single. The Kingfish got one in the bottom half and then took the lead in the third with four as Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) knocked in two from a single. From there, no one else scored. Branson Hall (St. Mary’s) retired the last 12 straight batters, but didn’t get the runs. Max Rimac (Parkland CC) threw 3.2 scoreless out of the bullpen for the Kingfish and earned his first win while Josh Serio (UW Milwaukee) threw the final 2.1 and saved his fourth of the season.
Madison 10, Wisconsin Rapids 3
The Madison Mallards used a big seventh inning to build a lead and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 10-3. They both got runs in the second. Trevor Schwecke (UW Milwaukee) scored an unearned run for the Mallards while Rapids got Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) to score on a balk. Madison took the lead in the fifth and scored one in the sixth. The seventh inning saw six runs which included three guys scoring from a double by Mike Aiello (UW-Whitewater). Tyler Plantier (Richmond) homered for one in the eighth, but Rapids managed two in the bottom half. The Mallards threw Brian Martinez (Connors State) in the ninth where he retired the side to end the game.
St. Cloud 5, Mankato 6 (10 Innings)
The Mankato MoonDogs walked it off in the 10th inning to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 6-5. The MoonDogs jumped on the board in the opening inning when RJ Teijeiro (UCLA) hit an RBI single. The Rox scored four for the lead in the fifth which all started with Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) hitting a triple with the bases loaded. The MoonDogs took the lead in the seventh which was capped off by Jake Shepski (Xavier) hitting tow from a single. St. Cloud tied it up in the next inning which eventually forced extra innings. Then with two on and nobody out in the 10th, Nick Novak (Angelo State) knocked in the game-winning run from a single.
La Crosse 8, Thunder Bay 1
The La Crosse Loggers used a big sixth inning to give them enough of a lead and win the game 8-1. The Loggers got one in the opening inning from an error. The Border Cats tied it in the fourth from an RBI single by Nick Conti (Eckerd). La Crosse took the lead in the fifth with one and then four more in the sixth which was powered by Shane McGuire (San Diego) hitting a single and having two score from an error. The Loggers got one more in the eighth and ninth and retired the side with Stephen Knapp (Bellevue) converting a four-inning save.
Willmar 5, Rochester 6
The Rochester Honkers used a big fifth inning and held on to defeat the Willmar Stingers 6-5. The Stingers scored once in the second from an RBI single by Richie Garcia (FGCU). Willmar capitalized in the third from an error, but the Honkers exploded two innings later. An error scored two of the first four while Alex McGarry (Oregon State) knocked in two more from a home run. The Stingers got one in the sixth and then two more in the seventh from a two-run double by Eric Yang (UCSB). Two guys came in to close out the eighth and ninth as Joshua Ibarra (Concordia Irvine) picked up his fourth save.
Schedule for June 26;
Rockford @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Duluth @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)
Mankato @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Madison @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
Willmar @ Rochester (7:05 PM)