Bismarck Claims the North on the Last Day of the First Half
The Bismarck Larks received a Duluth Huskies loss, but also won for good measure over St. Cloud to give themselves the first half title out right. Madison clinched the South the other day. The Mallards and Larks will both be in the playoffs.
Lakeshore 6, Kenosha 3 (7 Innings) (Game 1)
The Lakeshore Chinooks used a big sixth inning and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish in the first game of a doubleheader. The Kingfish got one in the second and another in the fifth from an RBI single by Shane Shifflet (Florida). Lakeshore got four in the sixth when Cole Turney (Arkansas) knocked in two from a double as Jack Dunn (Northwestern) hit two of his own on a single. Turney knocked in another two in the seventh, the Kingfish got one in the bottom half, but the next two got out to end the game.
Wisconsin Rapids 5, Madison 7
The Madison Mallards held off late scoring from the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and won the game 7-5. The Mallards got two in the third when Trevor Schwecke (UW Milwaukee) went deep. Madison got one in the fourth and then two more in the fifth. Rapids got on the board in the sixth form a wild pitch while Madison scored twice more as Schwecke knocked in another. The Rafters got another in the seventh and then three more in the eighth with a homer by Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV). Trace Norkus (North Florida) did his thing for the final 1.1 and converted his 10th save.
Wisconsin 8, Green Bay 5
The Wisconsin Woodchucks used an important seventh and eighth to keep their lead and defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 8-5. Wisconsin got a pair in the top half of the opening inning which started from a double by Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M). The Chucks then got one in the bottom half. Wisconsin got another three in the fourth when DeLoach knocked in another two from a double. The Frogs got three in the fifth which was powered by three errors. Wisconsin got a pair in the seventh on a two-run single by Isaac Quinones (Miami). Green Bay got one in the bottom half, but Chucks got one more in the eighth while shutting down the Frogs in-order.
Rochester 8, Duluth 3
The Rochester Honkers held off a late rally from the Duluth Huskies and won the game 8-3. The Honkers put up three right away in the opening inning Christian Robinson (Stanford) jacked a home run. Robinson knocked in another from a run to start a three-run double. The Huskies got one in the bottom half, but the Honkers scored one in the sixth inning. Both teams traded runs in the eighth, the Huskies got one in the bottom of the ninth, but the next guy flew out to end the game.
Waterloo 6, Thunder Bay 10
The Thunder Bay Border Cats held off a very late rally from the Waterloo Bucks and won the game 10-6. The Bucks got one in the opening inning, but they committed four errors in the bottom half which sent home four runs. The Cats got two in the fourth which was started by Billy Cook (Pepperdine) knocking in two from a single. The Cats put up another fifth as Ben McConnell (Fort Scott CC) knocked in two on a single. The Bucks went to the top of the ninth down nine, but they put up five. Myles Emmerson (Cal Poly) capped things off with a two-run double, but the next guy flew out to end the game.
Rockford, Kalamazoo (Postponed to July 14, 5:05 PM)
The game has been postponed due to weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 PM on July 14 in Kalamazoo. Both games will be seven innings.
Lakeshore 1, Kenosha 2 (7 Innings) (Game 2)
The Kenosha Kingfish walked it off in the bottom of the seventh and defeated the Lakeshore Chinooks 2-1. The Kingfish got one in the second from an RBI double by Nick Elsen (Kent State). Lakeshore scored on a fielder’s choice in the fifth to tie it up. Then with two on and two outs in the seventh, Bryce Carter (Stanford) connected on an RBI single to win the game for Kenosha.
Mankato 5, La Crosse 6
The Lac Crossed Loggers walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and defeated Mankato MoonDogs 6-5. The Loggers got one in the second and then another in the fourth from an RBI double by Armani Smith (UCSB). Mankato got two in the fifth which started from an error. La Crosse got another two of their own in the next inning from Steve Mann (Duke) hitting a double. Both teams traded runs in the eighth and Mankato tied it in the top of the ninth. The Loggers then had a guy on third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a wild pitch scored Korey Lee (Cal) to win the game.
Fond du Lac 13, Battle Creek 5
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders held off a late rally from the Battle Creek Bombers and won the game 13-5. The Spiders first four came in the opening inning which was powered by Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) knocking in two from a single. Fondy knocked in two more in the third, but Battle Creek scored a pair powered by Jalen Thomas (Madonna) in the fourth. The Bombers scored one in the fifth, but Troy Black (Kentucky) knocked in two from a single in the sixth. The Bombers got one in the bottom half, but consecutive two RBI base knocks came in the seventh for the Spiders. Both teams got runs in the ninth, but the Spiders held onto their eight run lead for the win.
Eau Claire, Willmar (Postponed to August 6, 5:05 PM)
The game has been postponed due to weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 6 in Eau Claire starting at 5:05 PM. Both games will be seven innings and the Express will be the home teams in game one and the Stingers will be the home team in game two.
St. Cloud 1, Bismarck 3
The Bismarck Larks battled in a pitcher’s duel all game and defeated the St. Cloud Rox 3-1. St. Cloud threw John Matthews (Kent Stat) and he pitched 7 innings, allowed just one earned run on six hits while striking out nine. Hendry Rodriguez (LSUA) threw 8.2 for the Larks. He didn’t allow an earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine. Bismarck got an unearned run in the eighth while two more came on RBI singles from Ripken Reyes (Cal) and Michael Farnell (Murray State). The Rox got just one in the top of the ninth from a bases loaded walk, but the final guy struck out to end the game and give the Larks the first half North Division crown.
Schedule for July 4:
Battle Creek @ Madison (1:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Wisconsin Rapids (3:05 PM)
Rochester @ La Crosse (3:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Mankato (3:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Duluth (3:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Rockford (3:05 PM)
Thunder Bay @ Eau Claire (5:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Fond du Lac (5:05 PM)
Willmar @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)