Willmar is trying to keep pace in the North as Rochester forced extra innings, but the Stingers jumped on them for five in the top half of the 11th inning. Duluth holds a one game lead over Bismarck and Mankato with Willmar next at two games back. The North is shaping out to be just a race between Madison and Kalamazoo in the first half which ends on July 3.
Rockford, Lakeshore (Postponed to July 19, 8:00 PM)
The game has been postponed due to weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 19 in Rockford starting at 5:05 PM. Both games will be seven innings and the Rivets will be the home team in game one and the Chinooks will be the home team in game two.
Kalamazoo 10, Fond du Lac 6
The Kalamazoo Growlers went up six in the first two innings and defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 10-5. The Growlers got their first three in the opening inning from an error and RBI singles by Cayman Richardson (Virginia) and Matt Mervis (Duke). Fondy managed one in the bottom half, but another three came in the next inning which started with Jordan Bowersox (Penn State) knocking in two from a single. The Spiders cut it in half in the third, but Kalamazoo put up a pair in the fifth. Fondy got one in the bottom half while they committed an error in the next inning for a run. The Dock Spiders did get two in the eighth, but Kalamazoo made it a five-run game which proved to be enough.
Duluth 8, Eau Claire 2
The Duluth Huskies only allowed the Eau Claire Express to score in one inning as they won the game 8-2. The two teams traded a pair of runs in the third. The Huskies scored two unearned runs while Jimmy Glowenke (Dallas Baptist) hit an RBI double and Scott Ogrin (Cal Poly) singled in a run for the Express. Matthew Mogollon (Chapman) pitched six, gave up just the two runs, allowed six hits and three walks while striking out three. The Huskies took the lead for one in the fourth and then two more in the seventh. Nicholas Sogard (Loyola-Marymound) knocked in his second in the eighth. They got two more in the ninth while Jack Corbell (Miami (OH)) converted his second save.
Bismarck 4, Waterloo 3
The Bismarck Larks scored the go-ahead in the top of the ninth and defeated the Waterloo Bucks 4-3. Both teams traded runs in the third inning. Ripken Reyes (Cal) singled in a run for the Larks while Greg Andererg (Ellsworth CC) led off the bottom half with a homer for the Bucks. Reyes started a two-run fifth from an RBI triple, but the Bucks got Trey Leonard (Louisville) to knocked in two from a double. The game was tied heading to the ninth inning and then Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) homered to start the inning which proved to be the game-winner.
Battle Creek 10, Green Bay 4
The Battle Creek Bombers used a big fifth inning to go on and defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 10-4. The Bombers got on the board first in the opening inning by an RBI single from Caleb Henderson (New Mexico State). Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist) homered in two for the Bombers in the fourth while Adrian Damla (UC Irvine) tripled in a run and Riley Mihalik (Rider ) singled one in for the Frogs. Battle Creek then went off for six in the fifth. Gartner knocked in two more from a single while Will Baker (Ball State) hit a two-run dinger. Damla knocked in another in the bottom half for Green Bay, but Battle Creek got the run back in the seventh. The Frogs continued to battle in the bottom of the seventh for one, but Collin Luty (Northern Kentucky) and Ethan Ibarra (St. Cloud State) pitched the final two to end the game.
Wisconsin, Kenosha (Postponed to August 2, 4:30 PM)
The game has been postponed due to weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 2 in Kenosha Starting at 4:30 PM. Both games will be seven innings.
Mankato 4, St. Cloud 3
The Mankato MoonDogs took the lead in the fifth which proved to be enough to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 4-3. The Rox got one in the opening inning on an RBI single by Landon Stephens (Miami (OH)). CJ Huntley (Indiana State) knocked in a run in the second for the Dogs, but St. Cloud got another in the bottom half. Stephens scored in the third from a single, but on an error, walk and fielder’s choice, the Rox took the lead for good in the fifth. Zach Hardy (New Mexico State) threw two innings in relief for Mankato, faced the minimum and struck out one for his first save.
La Crosse 2, Thunder Bay 6
The Thunder Bay Border Cats used two runs to build a lead and defeated the La Crosse Loggers 6-2. The Cats got a pair in the second which came from a pass ball and an RBI ground out. In the fifth, Billy Cook (Pepperdine) hit a grand slam for Thunder Bay, putting them up six. Alexander Nolan (Brock) threw seven, allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three for his third win. With one on and two outs in the ninth, the Loggers got a home run by Harrison Freed (Butler), but the next guy flew out to end the game.
Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3
The Madison Mallards came back and took the lead in the eighth which proved to be the game-winner in their 4-3 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Rafters got on the board in the second when Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) hit a solo shot. Rivas did it again the sixth inning, but this time it was a two-run shot. Rapids got six from Charlie Ruegger (Stevens IOT), gave up just two hits and three walks while striking out three. Then in the eighth, Madison tied it after two runs scored on a fielder’s choice while Jayse McLean (NDSU) hit a single as an error scored the eventual game-winner.
Willmar 10, Rochester 5 (11 Innings)
The Willmar Stingers went off for five runs in the 11th inning and defeated the Rochester Honkers 10-5. The Honkers scored first in the opening inning on an RBI single by Alex McGarry (Oregon State). Tyler Reichenborn (Iowa Western) homered for two in the third to put the Stingers on the board. The Honkers took the lead in the eighth, Willmar got it back in the ninth for three while Rochester forced extras with a pair in the bottom half when McGarry knocked in another. Richie Garcia (FGCU) was able to it an RBI single in the top of the 11th, which followed with four more runs with Rochester going down in-order to end the game.
Schedule for June 27:
Bismarck @ Waterloo (11:05 AM)
La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (11:05 AM)
Green Bay Bullfrogs @ Fond du Lac (11:35 AM)
Willmar @ Duluth (12:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin Rapids (12:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (12:05 PM)
Mankato @ Rochester (12:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (12:05 PM)
Rockford @ Madison (12:05 PM)
Battle Creek @ Wisconsin (12:05 PM)
Willmar @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Battle Creek @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Kenosha @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Rochester @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)