Kenosha Fought off Madison Late, Continues to Hold First-Place Tie with Lakeshore
The Kenosha Kingfish battled all game long with the Madison Mallards and won the game. They are 7-1 along with Lakeshore in the South Division. La Crosse has won five in a row while so has Willmar to put the Stingers 1.5 games back from the Loggers.
Mankato 10, Eau Claire 3
The Mankato MoonDogs used three innings to build a lead and defeat the Eau Claire Express 10-3. Austin Bull (Grand Canyon) knocked in two from a single in the second and then scored on the next at bat for Mankato. Eau Claire got an RBI single in the bottom half, but Bull started a four-run fourth for the Dogs with a two-run single. The Express got another in the bottom half from an RBI single by Noah Sifrit (Oklahoma State). Eau Claire got one more in the sixth and then the MoonDogs got three in the seventh from another RBI single by Bull and two from an error which proved to be the final score.
Green Bay 3, Wisconsin 5
The Wisconsin Woodchucks used an important seventh inning to take the lead and defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 5-3. The Chucks got one right away in the bottom half when Jaren Shelby (State College of Florida) knocked a solo shot out. Preston Pavlica (Grand Canyon) hit an RBI single in the third to put the Frogs on the board. Pavlica then went back-to-back with Blaise Maris (Florida Tech) in going deep while Javier Valdes (FIU) hit a two-run shot in the sixth to tie the game. Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M) joined in on hitting home runs as he hit a two-run shot in the seventh which proved to be the game-winner.
Lakeshore 4, Fond du Lac 2
The Lakeshore Chinooks took the lead in the sixth and defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 4-2. Ronald Sweeny III (Iowa Western) knocked in a run in the fifth for the first run of the game for Lakeshore on a single. Cole Zabowski (Ole Miss) then gave Fondy the lead with a two-run single in the bottom half. Lakeshore then retook the lead in the next inning as Griffin Dey (Yale) knocked in two on a single. Sweeny knocked in one more on a sac fly in the eighth and the Spiders went down in-order to end the game.
La Crosse 8, Duluth 3
The La Crosse Loggers used runs early and late to get ahead and defeat the Duluth Huskies 8-3. The Loggers got four in the opening inning which was capped off by Korey Lee (Cal) and Donta Williams (Arizona) knocking in one of their two RBI. La Crosse got another in the fifth, but Duluth got on the board in the bottom half. The Huskies managed two in the seventh as Nicholas Sogard (Loyola-Marymount) knocked in both from a single. Lee was responsible for two more runs in the eighth on a triple while Williams drove in one more. Ryan Anderson (Nevada) threw five in the start for La Crosse while Hunter Davis (Duke) threw a scoreless ninth.
Waterloo 0, St. Cloud 9
The St. Cloud Rox limited the Waterloo Bucks to just four hits and won the game 9-0. The Rox got one in the opening inning on a sac fly. St. Cloud then exploded for six in the second. Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) started it all with a two-run double while Connor Aube (UTA) connected on one of his own later on. Landon Stephens (Miami (OH)) hit an RBI single in the fourth while Jack Barrie (NW Ohio) homered to lead off the fifth. Evan Johnson (Creighton) started, threw six, allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out six. Spencer Mraz (Miami (OH)) then threw the final three and converted his first save.
Rochester 2, Willmar 16
The Willmar Stingers used a big seventh to build a lead and defeat the Rochester Honkers 16-2. Willmar got two in the third which was started by Tyler Reichenborn (Iowa Western) hitting an RBI triple. Joey Ortiz (New Mexico State) knocked in two from a single in the fifth and then Eli Wilson (Minnesota) knocked in two from a single. Reichenborn knocked in another in the seventh and then three more scored from a double by Davis Elliot (North Alabama) for a total of seven. Christian Robinson (Illinois) jacked a home run in the eighth for Rochester and then two more scored in the bottom half for Willmar. Michael Michalak (Stanford) homered for Rochester in the ninth, but the lead was enough for the Stingers to win the game.
Battle Creek 8, Kalamazoo 6
The Battle Creek Bombers used the first five innings to do their damage and defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 8-6. The Bombers got two right away in the opening inning which was started from Jalen Thomas (Madonna) doubling in a run. The Growlers got three for the lead in the bottom half which came on consecutive bases loaded walks and an RBI fielder’s choice. An error tied the game for the Bombers in the third and then another scored two more in the next inning. Kalamazoo tied it in the fourth which was sparked by George Mendazona (Oregon State) leading off the inning with a homer. Battle Creek took a three-run lead in the fifth when Michael Brown (Wofford) and Roman Trujilo (New Mexico State) both homered. Kalamazoo did manage one more in the bottom of the ninth, but the final guy flew out to end the game.
Bismarck 3, Thunder Bay 1
The Bismarck Larks scored first in the fourth which was enough to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 3-1. The Larks put up three in the inning which was started from an error and followed by two runs scoring on a single by CJ Schaefer (Western Illinois). The Cats got one in the bottom half from an error. Bismarck started Zack Jones (Rockford) who threw six and allowed just one while Matthew Munden (New Mexico State) converted his first save.
Kenosha 8, Madison 7
The Kenosha Kingfish held off a very late rally from the Madison Mallards and won the game 8-7. The Mallards got a pair in the opening inning which was capped off by Drew Ober (UNC Charlotte) hitting an RBI single. Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) stayed hot and hit a grand slam for Kenosha in the third. Madison tied it in the third and then took the lead from Trevor Schwecke (UW-Milwaukee) going yard. The Kingfish came within one in the fifth and then took the lead in the seventh. Cade Cabbiness (Oklahoma State) homered in the ninth for Kenosha, Madison Jake Randa (NW Florida State) to homer for them, but the side was retired to end the game.
Rockford 2, Wisconsin Rapids 8
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored big in three consecutive innings and defeated the Rockford Rivets 8-2. Rapids got four in the fourth which was sparked by Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) knocking in three from a home run. They scored again in the fifth, the Rivets got a pair in the next inning off a walk and wild pitch, but Brody Wofford (UCF) knocked in two out of three in the bottom half for Rapids. Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) threw five for Rapids and allowed nothing as Jonathan Hernandez (Chapman) threw 2.2 in relief to preserve the lead.
Schedule for July 12:
Wisconsin @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)
Duluth @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
Kenosha @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ La Crosse (7:05 PM)
Waterloo @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
Rochester @ Mankato (7:05 PM)