The Bismarck Larks defeated St. Cloud 12-2 while Duluth lost to Rochester to tie things up in the North. The Larks though hold the tie-breaker. If Bismarck wins tomorrow, they will clinch the top spot of the first half in the North.
Waterloo 0, Thunder Bay 2 (7 Innings) (Game 1)
The Thunder Border Cats scored twice in the second and defeated the Waterloo Bucks in a 7-innings game. The Border Cats got a pair in the second inning from Cam Pearcey (Coastal Carolina) knocking in two on a single. Alexander Nolan (Brock) threw all seven innings for Thunder Bay. He allowed just three hits and struck out three, improving his record to 4-0.
Kenosha 4, Lakeshore 5
The Lakeshore Chinooks took the lead in the seventh and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 5-4. Dallas Beaver (UCF) put the Chinooks on the board in the third from an RBI single. The Kingfish got three in the fourth which was capped off by Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) hitting a two-run single. Connor Doyle (San Diego) led off the sixth for Kenosha with a dinger. Lakeshore got one in the sixth, tied it in the seventh from a home run by Jim Govern (Eastern Illinois) and scored the eventual game-winner in the same inning from an RBI single by Zach Clayton (Oregon State).
Waterloo 3, Thunder Bay 2 (7 Innings) (Game 2)
The Waterloo Bucks took the lead in the fifth and never looked back while they defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 3-2 in another seven-inning game. The Bucks got one in the opening inning as Angelo Altavilla (Nebraska) hit an RBI single. Thunder Bay took the lead with a wild pitch and sac fly in the third. Altavilla knocked in two more in the fifth from a double and got Javin Drake (Western Illinois) to convert his first save.
Rochester 5, Duluth 4
The Rochester Honkers used a big fourth inning to take the lead and defeat the Duluth Huskies 5-4. The Huskies got a pair in the opening inning to get on the board. Duluth got another in the second inning, but Rochester put up one in the third from one of Michael Michalak (Illinois ) two hits. Rochester then put up three more in the fourth to take the lead. The Honkers got another in the fifth, but Duluth connected on a sac fly in the sixth. Joshua Ibarra (Concordia Irvine) then came in and picked up his sixth save of the season.
Eau Claire 5, Willmar 12
The Willmar Stingers took the lead in the third with five runs which was enough to go on and defeat the Eau Claire Express 12-5. The Stingers got four in the opening inning. Eric Yang (UCSB) jacked a two-run home run to cap the inning off. The Express tied it up in the third when Scott Ogrin (Cal Poly) doubled in two. Willmar took the lead with a big five in the bottom half. Yang knocked in two from a double and Cal Evers (Miami (OH)) hit a three-run home run. The Stingers got three more in the sixth, but Eau Claire got one in the seventh. Bryant Clauch (North Alabama) pitched the final two and secured the win.
Wisconsin 7, Green Bay 2
The Wisconsin Woodchucks used the middle inning to build a lead and defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 7-2. The Chucks got one in the opening inning. Wisconsin put up three more in the fifth while Javier Valdes (FIU) went deep for two. Green Bay put up a pair in the bottom half which was capped off by Matthew Acosta (USC). Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M) knocked in two from a single for the Chucks in the sixth and one more in the ninth which proved to be the final score.
Rockford 3, Kalamazoo 7
The Kalamazoo Growlers prevented a late inning rally twice from the Rockford Rivets and won the game 7-3. The Growlers got four in the opening inning which was started from Jonathan Foster (Florida State) knocking in two on a double. Kalamazoo got another two-run double from Sam Crail (Indiana) in the second. The Rivets got on the board in the seventh from a two-run double by Brock Martin (Texas Tech). Both teams traded runs in the eighth while the Growlers got Mason Shinabery (Huntington) to take care of the ninth.
Fond du Lac 4, Battle Creek 0
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders limited the Battle Creek Bombers to just four hits in their 4-0 win. Fondy got their first pair in the second from a single by Jacob Adams (Ole Miss). The Spiders got one in the sixth and then another in the ninth. Mike Gagliardi (Army) threw 4.1 and allowed nothing on two hits, Ben Probst (Iowa) pitched 1.2 for the win while Michael Hope (Shippensburg) converted his third save of the season.
La Crosse 9, Mankato 1
The La Crosse Loggers used a big six inning to build a big enough lead and defeat the Mankato MoonDogs 9-1. La Crosse got one in the first. The Dogs tied it in the second on an RBI single. The Loggers put up two in the third to take the lead which was powered by an error. La Crosse put up a big six in the sixth which was capped off by Harrison Freed (Butler) knocking in three on a double. Lalo Porras (Lewis-Clark) threw six innings for the win while Brian Schrimmer (Bradley) retired the final nine to end the game.
St. Cloud 2, Bismarck 12 (8 Innings)
The Bismarck Larks allowed eight hits, but held the St. Cloud Rox to just two runs in their 10-run victory. The Larks got three in the bottom of the first which was capped off by Chase Coker (Arkansas Little Rock) knocking in two from a double. Bismarck went up five in the second from three RBI singles. Landon Stephens (Miami (OH)) homered for St. Cloud to lead off the fourth. Bismarck though scored another three in the bottom half which was capped off by Coker knocking in another. The Larks got another in the sixth, the Rox scored once in the seventh while Wyatt Ulrich (St. John’s) jacked a two-run shot in the bottom half. Both teams went scoreless in the eighth and the game was called due to rain.
Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 2
The Madison Mallards held the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters to just one inning of scoring and won the game 4-2. The Mallards got a pair in the opening inning which was fueled by an RBI single from David Vinsky (Northwood) and an error. Madison got one in the third, but Rapids scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half. Madison got another in the fifth, but the Rafters put up one more in the bottom of the ninth from an RBI single by Bret Fehr (SIUE). The next guy flew out though which ended the game.
Schedule for July 3:
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (4:05 PM) (Game 1)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Madison (6:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Rochester @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Waterloo @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Rockford @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Lakeshore @ Kenosha (7:05 PM (Game 2)
Mankato @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Bismarck (7:35 PM)