The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders have won four in a row now and are tied with Kenosha for first place in the second half south Division standings. Duluth won its six straight and are now tied with La Crosse in the North.
Lakeshore 2, Rockford 3 (7 Innings) (Game 1)
The Rockford Rivets scored in the first two innings which was enough to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 3-2. Rockford got their first two in the bottom of the opening inning which were unearned runs on base-knocks by Parker Bates (Louisiana Tech) and Jacob Vander Wal (Central Arizona). The Chinooks tied it in the next inning which was started from Cole Turney (Arkansas) hitting an RBI triple. The Rivets then took the lead again in the bottom half when Brennan Reback (Central Arizona) hit a sac fly. Brandon Komar (Madison College) threw the complete seven innings for Lakeshore, struck out seven, but didn’t get the run support. Brad Littleton (Lewis) threw five for the Rivets and got the win while Anthony Holubecki (Notre Dame) threw the remaining two for his second save.
Kenosha 5, Fond du Lac 6
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders pulled away in the seventh and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 6-5. Fondy got three in the first while Cole Zabowksi (Ole Miss) knocked in two from a single. The Kingfish put up two in the second when Mike Madej (NW Florida State) started things with an RBI single. The Spiders put up another two in the sixth from Jordan Prendiz (UCLA) hit a two-run single, but Kenosha got consecutive RBI singles in the seventh. Tyler Wardwell (Duke) then tacked on an insurance run in the seventh from the Spiders. Madej knocked in another in the eighth from a single, but Zach Bryant (Daytona State) converted his 10th save of the season.
Kalamazoo 5, Wisconsin 3
The Kalamazoo Growlers used a big seventh inning and defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 5-3. The Growlers got its first in the second from an error. Isaac Quinones (Miami) led off the third for the Chucks with a homer. Kalamazoo got another on an error, but Wisconsin tied it in the sixth on a pass ball. The hits came for the Growlers in the seventh as Jason Sullivan (Central Michigan) and Matt Mervis (Duke) started things with RBI doubles. The Chucks scored another on a wild pitch in the eighth as Mason Shinabery (Huntington) picked up his fifth save.
Bismarck 3, Duluth 5
The Duluth Huskies battled early and pulled away to defeat the Bismarck Larks 5-3. The Huskies got two in the first which was powered from an error. Michael Farnell (Murray State) hit a two-run shot in the second to tie the game for the Larks, but Tony Monroy (Georgetown) hit an RBI single for the Huskies in the bottom half. Both teams traded runs in the third as Harrison Moore (Augustana) hit an RBI single in the bottom half to re-give Duluth the lead. The Huskies tacked on one more in the fourth. Andrew Stout (Liberty) then pitched seven and struck out six for the win while Tim Holdgrafer (Cal Poly Pomona) threw the final two for his fifth save.
Mankato 2, Waterloo 0
The Mankato MoonDogs got two in the opening inning and survived a pitcher’s duel after a rain delay and defeated the Waterloo Bucks 2-0. The two runs came from consecutive hits by Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) and CJ Huntley (Indiana State). Adam Lukas (Evansville) threw seven scoreless, allowed just two hits while striking out nine. Zach Hardy (New Mexico State) came in the ninth then and converted his fifth save of the season.
Battle Creek 2, Green Bay 8
The Green Bay Bullfrogs used a big second and sixth to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers 8-2. The Frogs got three in the second which was powered by two errors and a double by Blake Nelson (Michigan). The Bombers got one in the sixth, but Green Bay got four more in the sixth from an error and Matthew Acosta (USC) hit a two-run single. Green Bay got another in the seventh on a wild pitch, Battle Creek got one in the ninth, but the next guy grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Madison 9, Wisconsin Rapids 3
The Madison Mallards used a big ninth inning to increase its lead and defeat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 9-3. Madison scored three in the first which was powered by David Vinsky (Northwood) hitting a two-run home run. Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) went deep for Rapids to lead off the fourth, but Jesse Forestell (Western Michigan) knocked in a two-run single for the Mallards in the sixth. Rapids got two in the seventh from a two-run single by Matt Schmidt (Michigan). Madison tacked on four in the top of the ninth as Jake Randa (NW Florida State) cleared the bases on a double. Sean Leland (Illinois) threw six in the start for the Mallards, struck out seven and earned his third win.
Eau Claire, St. Cloud (Postponed to July 20, 4:05 PM)
The game has been postponed due to weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow, July 20 in St. Cloud starting at 4:05 PM. Both games will be seven innings and the second will start at 7:05 PM or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game, whichever is later.
La Crosse, Willmar (Postponed to July 20, 6:05 PM)
The game has been postponed due to weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 6:05 PM tomorrow, July 20, in Willmar. Both games will be seven innings.
Thunder Bay 4, Rochester 6
The Rochester Honkers scored a big three runs in the eighth and defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 6-4. Thunder Bay got one in the first on a sac fly. Billy Cook (Pepperdine) then went deep for the Cats in the sixth, but Rochester got on the board with two in the sixth from an error. Alex McGarry (Oregon State) led off the seventh with a homer for Rochester to tie it. There was a wild pitch to give them the lead in the eighth while Nate Webb (UC Riverside) singled in two unearned runs which proved to be the winner.
Rockford 2, Lakeshore 7 (7 Innings) (Game 2)
The Lakeshore Chinooks used a big fourth inning and defeated the Rockford Rivets 7-2. The Chinooks got one in the first as Dallas Beaver (UCF) hit an RBI double. Lakeshore got two more in the second with an error and an RBI single by Jack Dunn (Northwestern). The Chinooks tacked on three in the fourth as Beaver knocked in one more from a double. The Rivets got on the board in the fifth and scored another in the sixth. The Chinooks then hit an RBI ground out for another in the bottom half which proved to be the final score.
Schedule for July 20:
Thunder Bay @ Rochester (12:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (4:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Willmar (6:05 PM)
Bismarck @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Kenosha @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Mankato @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Madison (7:05 PM)
Battle Creek @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)
La Crosse @ Willmar (8:30 PM)