Kalamazoo, Battle Creek Both hit the 20 Run Mark Tonight
The Kalamazoo Growlers needed to keep pace in the South and they did so by putting up 21 on Rockford. Battle Creek then got a much needed win over Fond du Lac 20-8 with the Dock Spiders not being able to afford a loss. Duluth still holds a game lead over Bismarck and Mankato while Madison is up two on Kalamazoo in the South.
Battle Creek 20, Fond du Lac 8
The Battle Creek Bombers hung a 20 on the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and defeated them 20-8. Will Baker (Ball State) got everything going when he led off the game with a double and later scored. He came around to bat again and knocked in two from a single while Fondy committed two errors in the inning. The Docks Spiders did get two in the bottom half which was started by Alex Erro (Northwestern) hit an RBI single. The Spiders then tied it in the bottom half when Erro knocked in two more. The Bombers took the lead in the fourth with one and then four more in the next inning from Alec Cargin (Wofford) hitting a two-run double. Both teams traded runs In the sixth as Duncan Hewitt (Butler) went deep for the Spiders. Six more came home for the Bombers in the eighth and then one more in the ninth which was too much for Fondy to come back from.
Wisconsin Rapids 9, Lakeshore 10 (11 Innings)
The Lakeshore Chinooks walked it off in the bottom of the 11th and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 10-9. The Chinooks got five in the opening inning which was started from an error. Turner Buis (Coastal Carolina) knocked in a run from a double as he scored later on. Brody Wofford (UCF) and Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) connected on consecutive RBI doubles to bring Rapids within one. Lakeshore got another in the bottom half and then two more in the third. Rapids got four in the from small ball, but Lakeshore got one in the seventh. Then with one out in the ninth, Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) forced extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Buis knocked in the game-winning run from a single.
Madison 3, Wisconsin 7
The Wisconsin Woodchucks used a big third inning and defeated the Madison Mallards 7-3. The Chucks put up one in the second inning when TJ Rouse (Baylor) hit an RBI double. Wisconsin then went up six in the third inning where the Mallards committed an error and Javier Valdes (FIU) hit a two-run double. Madison cut its deficit in half in the fourth which was started with Mike Aiello (UW-Whitewater) hitting a two-run single. The Chucks got one more in the fourth and Drew Holweger (Furman) led the bullpen with two scoreless as he earned the win.
Kalamazoo 21, Rockford 9
The Kalamazoo Growlers went off early and often while defeating the Rockford Rivets 21-9. The opening inning saw nine runs come across for the Growlers. Cayman Richardson (Virginia) knocked in the first from an RBI double, scored and then knocked in the final run from a single. The Rivets got two in the bottom half as Hal Hughes (LSU) hit an RBI single. Rockford got in the second, but Kalamazoo scored a pair in the third. Brendan Rivoli (Virginia) jacked in two runs in the fourth for the Growlers, but Rivoli knocked in another two in the fifth which have five more runs score. The Rivets though got six in the bottom half, but Kalamazoo scored three in the final three innings which was enough to give them the win.
Thunder Bay 6, Duluth 4
The Thunder Bay Border Cats scored five runs in the sixth and seventh which was enough defeat the Duluth Huskies 6-4. Both teams traded runs in the second. The Border Cats got an RBI single by Evan Russell (Tennessee) while the Huskies knocked in one from an RBI ground out. Duluth took the lead in the fifth from two on a double by Julian Escobedo (San Diego State). The Cats then took the lead with three in the sixth which was powered by Cam Pearcey (Coastal Carolina) hitting a two-run double. Thunder Bay got back-to-back RBI doubles in the seventh, but the Huskies received one in the bottom half. The Cats responded with two relievers who pitched three shutout innings to secure the win.
Mankato 7, La Crosse 5
The Mankato MoonDogs prevented a late rally by the La Crosse Loggers and won the game 7-5. The MoonDogs got on the board first in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs. The MoonDogs got one in the second on an RBI single from Garrett Mitchell (UCLA). La Crosse then took the lead in the bottom half with four which was powered by one of Tim Lilly’s (Villanova) hits. CJ Huntley (Indiana State) led off the third with a home run for Mankato to tie it and an RBI ground out gave them the lead. Mankato got two more in the eighth which came from Mitchell’s bat and was powered by an error. La Crosse got one in the eighth, but was retired in-order in the ninth to end the game.
Green Bay 2, Kenosha 5
The Kenosha Kingfish only allowed one inning of scoring and defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 5-2. The Kingfish scored its first run in the opening inning on an RBI double by Evan McDonald (Farleigh Dickinson). The Frogs took the lead in the third on back-to-back base knocks by Riley Mihalik (Rider) and Luke Robinson (Western Carolina). Kenosha then tied it in the bottom half and took the lead with three in the next inning as Will Wagner (Liberty) connected on a two-run triple. Cale Cuddie (UWSP) threw 5.1, allowed just the two runs on six hits while striking out two. Jack Zimmerman (Kent State) came in then and converted the 3.2 innings save.
Willmar 6, Eau Claire 5
The Willmar Stingers scored important runs in the seventh and eighth as they defeated the Eau Claire Express 6-5. Both teams scored twice in the third. Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) went deep for Willmar as Scott Ogrin (Cal Poly) got things going in the bottom half with an RBI double. Willmar got one in the fourth, but Eau Claire picked up two more in the bottom half. The two teams got runs in the fifth and then Willmar tied it in the seventh while going ahead for good in the eighth from an RBI single by Davis Elliott (North Alabama).
Waterloo 11, Rochester 0
The Waterloo Bucks limited the Rochester Honkers defeated the Rochester Honkers 11-0 with Blake Walden (New Mexico) throwing a complete game. The Bucks got one in the opening inning. Kevin Welsh (Rutgers) hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Dawnoven Smith (North Carolina A&T) went deep to start a two-run sixth while they got a bases loaded walk. The Bucks then went off in the top of the ninth. They capitalized on an error while Myles Emmerson (Cal Poly) got on to score two. Walden allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out three for his third win.
Bismarck 9, St. Cloud 11
The St. Cloud Rox scored early and often as they eventually took the lead and defeated the Bismarck Larks 11-9. The Larks got six in the first from two long balls. Tristen Carranza (New Mexico State) hit a grand slam while Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) hit a two-run shot. Landon Stephens (Miami (OH)) for St. Cloud then responded with a two-run home run in the bottom half. They got another in the second and then tied it up in the third while Stephen drove in another from a double. The Larks took the lead back In the next, but Stephens jacked another home run which contributed to a three-run fourth. St. Cloud got another in the fifth and then one more in the sixth. Kyle Stevens (Murray State) went yard for two in the seventh for Bismarck, but Finn Del Bonta-Smith threw a scoreless ninth and converted his second save.
Schedule for June 30:
Rochester @ La Crosse (3:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Bismarck (6:05 PM)
Duluth @ Mankato (6:05 PM)
Willmar @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Madison (6:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Thunder Bay (7:35 PM)