Published On: July 4th, 2018

The second half officially got underway. Both first half Champions fell tonight as Mankato knocked off Bismarck by four and the Madison Mallards were shutout by Battle Creek.


Battle Creek 7, Madison 0

The Battle Creek Bombers limited the Madison Mallards to just four hits and won the game 7-0. The Bombers got three in the opening inning when Caleb Henderson (New Mexico State) jacked a home run. Battle Creek put up another three spot in the fifth which was started from Roman Trujillo (New Mexico State) led off the inning with a homer and Henderson knocking in two more. Trujillo scored a run in the sixth and Chase Wheatcroft (Cal State Stanislaus) earned his second win of the season after throwing five scoreless and striking out six.

Green Bay 7, Wisconsin Rapids 11

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters used a big third inning to take the lead and defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 11-7. The Frogs got five in the opening inning all from RBI singles as Cooper Morrison (UC Davis) drove in a run from one of his two hits. Rapids scored twice in the next inning on an error and wild pitch. The Rafters then got five in the third that was powered by Payton Robinson (Louisiana State Shreveport) singling in two. Brody Wofford (UCF) got one of his three hits in a two-run sixth for Rapids. The Rafters got one in the seventh and then another in the eighth. Green Bay capitalized on two Rafters errors in the top of the ninth, but the final guy struck out to end the game.

Rochester, La Crosse (Postponed to July 5, 5:05 PM)

The game has been suspended in the top of the 2nd inning due to weather. It will be part of a doubleheader and will be completed to nine innings tomorrow in Rochester starting at 5:05 PM. The second game will be seven innings.

Bismarck 4, Mankato 9

The Mankato MoonDogs used a big eighth inning for insurance runs and defeated the Bismarck Larks 9-4. Both teams scored once in the second. Tristen Carranza (New Mexico State) led off the inning for the Larks with a homer while the MoonDogs got one from an RBI ground out. They both matched each other in the third for two. An error was responsible for the runs for Bismarck and Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) knocked in two from a double. Mankato took the lead in the fourth from a two-run single by Jake Shepski (Xavier). Carranza led off another inning with a dinger in the sixth, but Mankato put up four in the eighth. Shepski and MacDonald both drove in another as the Larks stranded two in the ninth to end the game.
St. Cloud 1, Duluth 2

The Duluth Huskies battled in a low-scoring game and defeated the St. Cloud Rox 2-1. Sean Ross (San Diego State) scored the only St. Cloud run from a home run in the third. Augie Isaacson (Friends) tied it in the fifth with an RBI single and then Christian Jones (Washington) gave Duluth the lead in the sixth from an RBI single. Troy Newell (Western Kentucky) threw 7.1, allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six. Tim Holdgrafer (Cal Poly Pomona) threw the final 1.2 scoreless and converted his second save.

Wisconsin 6, Rockford 2

The Wisconsin Woodchucks scored early and often and defeated the Rockford Rivets 6-2. The Rivets scored twice to get on the board in the opening inning. Wisconsin scored one in the third and then took the lead in the fourth from a pass ball and bases loaded walk. Domenic DeRenzo (Oklahoma) hit an RBI double for the Chucks in the sixth. They got a pair more in the next inning from an error while the bullpen shut the door on the final four innings to give the Chucks the win.

Thunder Bay 6, Eau Claire 13

The Eau Claire Express used two four-run innings to build a lead and defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 13-6. The second inning showed Thunder Bay getting two from a homer by Daniel DeSimone (Cowley) and Eau Claire doubling that from Drew Hmielewski (Minnesota) knocking in two from a double. The Border Cats took the lead in the third, but the Express tied it up again in the bottom half. Another four was powered by Scott Ogrin (Cal Poly) going deep for three in the fourth. Eau Claire scored another pair in the fifth and seventh, the Border Cats got one in the eighth, but were then retired in-order to end the game.

Kenosha 8, Fond du Lac 2

The Kenosha Kingfish held off a late rally from the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and won the game 8-2. Kenosha got a pair in the opening inning as the Spiders committed an error. The Kingfish got another in the second and then two more in the third when Cade Cabbiness (Oklahoma State) hit an RBI single. Ben Troike (Illinois) knocked in one of his three RBI in the seventh from a double for Kenosha. Joe Vranesic (Wabash Valley) pitched six scoreless for the Kingfish, allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out three. Fondy got to the Kingfish bullpen for two in the bottom of the ninth. Alex Erro (Northwestern) and Jacob Adams (Ole Miss) both hit RBI singles, but the next guy grounded out to end the game.

Willmar 6, Waterloo 10

The Waterloo Bucks scored eight in the first two innings and defeated the Willmar Stingers 10-6. The Bucks got five in the opening inning which was sparked by Patrick Ferguson (Kent State) clearing the bases with a triple. Waterloo got three more in the next inning as Ferguson knocked in two more from a homer. The Bucks got another in the fourth, but the Stingers got three in the fifth as Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) started things with a homer. The Bucks got one back in the sixth, but Willmar got another in the eighth. Willmar managed two in the top of the ninth, but the next guy struck out to end the game.

Lakeshore 4, Kalamazoo 3

The Lakeshore Chinooks scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 4-3. Jordan Bowersox (Penn State) put the Growlers on the board in the second from an RBI single. Andy Shadid (Bradley) homered to put Lakeshore on the board in the third, but Kalamazoo got one more in the fifth. The Chinooks took a one-run lead in the sixth on an error, but Jonathan Foster (Florida State) tied it up again with a homer. Zach Clayton (Oregon State) then knocked in an RBI single for Lakeshore and that was enough to win the game.


Schedule for July 5:

Rochester @ La Crosse (5:05 PM)

Battle Creek @ Madison (6:05 PM)

Thunder Bay @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Wisconsin @ Rockford (6:35 PM)

Willmar @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)

Kenosha @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Rochester (7:05 PM)

Bismarck @ Mankato (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

Lakeshore @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)

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