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Willmar Picks up Big Win Over La Crosse, Comes Within Half Game From First

The Willmar Stingers have won two in a row and are now tied with Duluth in the second half standing as they sit a half game back from first. Madison won its fifth consecutive to maintain a 3.5 game overall lead in the South and Kenosha still leads by one in the second half standings.

 

Madison 3, Lakeshore 0

The Madison Mallards threw four guys in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks. Jake Randa (NW Florida State) got things going in the first from an RBI single. Madison got another in the third and then one more in the fourth from an error. Cole OConnor (Dartmouth) threw five in the start for the Mallards, gave up nothing on four hits and one walk while striking out four. Trace Norkus (North Florida) was then called upon again in the ninth and converted his 12th save.

Waterloo 0, Eau Claire 7

The Eau Claire Express used their final four innings to take the lead and defeat the Waterloo Bucks 7-0. The Express got three in the fifth when Adam LaRock (MATC) hit an RBI single with two errors scoring the next couple. Andrew Pratt (Lubbock Christian) led off the sixth with a solo shot and then got an RBI single in the seventh. The Express received consecutive base-knocks in the eighth and then Reagan MacDonald (Dallas Baptist) converted a 2.2 inning save. Carson Rudd (Stanford) did get the start, throw 6.1 innings, allowed nothing on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Battle Creek 1, Wisconsin 2

The Wisconsin Woodchucks survived a pitcher’s duel tonight and defeated the Battle Creek Bombers 2-1. Battle Creek got one in the third from an error. Amani Godfrey (Saginaw Valley State) threw seven innings and allowed nothing on one hit and two walks while striking out five for the Bombers. The Chucks finally took the lead in the eighth when Nick Loftin (Baylor) hit a two-run shot. Joey Hennessey (Palm Beach Atlantic) threw three for the Chucks for the win as Lennon Gwizdala (Northwood) threw the final inning for his ninth save.

Rockford 2, Fond du Lac 3

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders used the first five inning to build a lead and defeat the Rockford Rivets 3-2. Fondy got one in the first on an RBI double by Troy Black (Kentucky). The Spiders got another in the second, but Parker Bates (Louisiana Tech) hit an RBI single to put the Rivets on the board in the fifth. Fondy got another in the bottom half when Black knocked in his second. Logan Michael (Madison College) hit a home run in the ninth for Rockford, but the side was retired to end the game.

Duluth 5, Thunder Bay 3

The Duluth Huskies took the lead in the eighth and defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 5-3. The Cats took the lead in the second when Shane Connahan (Georgia College) singled in a run. Thunder Bay got two RBI base-hits in the fifth, but Tony Monroy (Georgetown) got two for Duluth in the next inning from a single and error. The Huskies then tied it with an RBI single in the eighth from Harrison Moore (Augustana) and took the lead on two more from Monroy hitting a triple. Kieran Shaw (Harvard) then came on to convert his third save.

La Crosse 6, Willmar 8

The Willmar Stingers used a big seventh and defeated the La Crosse Loggers 8-6. La Crosse got an unearned run in the second. Willmar tied it in the fourth, but the Loggers got consecutive RBI singles from Braiden Ward (Washington) and Donta Williams (Arizona). La Crosse got one in the seventh and then the Stingers went off for seven in the bottom half. Nic Hernandez (Cal Poly Pomona) doubled in two while John Trousdale (Alabama) homered in two for Willmar. Williams helped spark a two-run ninth with an RBI single, but the side was retired to end the game.

Green Bay 7, Kenosha 3

The Green Bay Bullfrogs battled all game and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 7-3. Kenosha took the lead with one in the first from an RBI double by Will Wagner (Liberty). The Frogs got one in the fourth to tie the game and then Matthew Acosta (USC) gave them the lead from a two-run single. Kenosha got one in the bottom half, but Keaton Smith (Nevada) hit a two-run shot in the eighth. Kenosha got one in the bottom half, but Green Bay got two from an error in the ninth for the eventual final score.

Rochester 0, St. Cloud 1

The St. Cloud Rox survived a pitcher’s duel and defeated the Rochester Honkers 1-0. Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) hit an RBI single in the first for the only run of the game. Evan Johnson (Creighton) threw 6.2 and allowed nothing on three hits and two walks while striking out eight. Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) then threw the final inning and converted his fifth save.

Kalamazoo 1, Wisconsin Rapids 12

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored early and late to defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 12-1. Rapids scored one in the bottom of the first and then two more in the second from bases loaded walks. The Rafters got three more from small ball in the third on a bases loaded hit by pitch, walk and a sac fly. Kalamazoo got one in the sixth, but Mike Rojas (Auburn) doubled in two in the bottom half. Rapids then got four in the seventh when Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) knocked in two from a single and another two came from an error. Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) threw five scoreless for the win and the bullpen took care of the final four.

 

Schedule for July 19:

Lakeshore @ Rockford (5:05 PM) (Game 1)

Kenosha @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)

Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Bismarck @ Duluth (6:35 PM)

Mankato @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)

Battle Creek @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

Madison @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

Eau Claire @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

Thunder Bay @ Rochester (7:05 PM)

Rockford @ Lakeshore (8:00 PM) (Game 2)