Kenosha now holds a three game lead in the second half south standings and they are the first to 20 wins in the second half. Duluth leads the second half by a half game and the overall standings by 2.5. Willmar sits second and Mankato is third. Kalamazoo is second in the overall south and Fond du Lac is third.
Wisconsin 2, Kenosha 3 (7 Innings)
The Kenosha Kingfish used the third, fourth and fifth in their 3-2 win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Both scored in the third as the Kingfish scored on an RBI single by Will Wagner (Liberty). Kenosha got another in the fourth, but the Chucks got one from an RBI single by Javier Valdes (FIU). The Kingfish got a bases loaded walk in the fifth. Then Keanu Mendez (Concordia-St. Paul) threw the final 1.2 scoreless, struck out three and converted two saves in a seven-inning game.
Kalamazoo 3, Fond du Lac 2
The Kalamazoo Growlers allowed just two in the first and defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 3-2. The Spiders got a pair in the first on an RBI ground out and an error. Kyle Virbitsky (Penn State) threw eight, allowed two runs, one earned and one hit and two walks while striking out three for his fourth win. The Growlers got one in the third on an RBI ground out while they got two more in the seventh on small ball. Mason Shinabery (Huntington) threw the final inning and picked up his nine save.
Green Bay 4, Rockford 3
The Green Bay Bullfrogs took the lead in the eighth and defeated the Rockford Rivets 4-3. The Rivets scored first in the third on an RBI triple by Brennan Reback (Central Arizona). He delivered again in the fifth on an RBI double. The Frogs scored in the sixth on an RBI single by Andre Antone (UC Irvine). Rockford got another in the sixth on an RBI ground out. Green Bay scored on a wild pitch in the seventh. The Frogs tied it on an error and then took the lead from an RBI single by Tommy Buckman (Washington) in the eighth. David Troth (Hillsdale) threw the final two, allowed just two hits and struck out three for his third save.
Mankato 4, Duluth 5 (13 Innings)
The Duluth Huskies needed 13 innings to walk-off the Mankato MoonDogs and win the game 5-4. The MoonDogs scored three runs right away in the opening inning which was started by Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) hitting an RBI single. The Huskies took the lead with four in the second as Julian Escobedo (San Diego State) started things with a two-run single. The Dogs managed to tie it in the fourth. Conner Campbell (Lander) threw 5.1 scoreless and five strikeouts in relief for Mankato while Kieran Shaw (Harvard) threw 5.1 scoreless and struck out six for Duluth. Finally in the bottom of the 13th, Hunter Bigge (Harvard) knocked in the game-winner on an RBI single.
La Crosse 8, Waterloo 6
The La Crosse Loggers held off a late rally from the Waterloo Bucks and won the game 8-6. The Loggers got four in the opening inning on three errors and an RBI double by Harrison Freed (Butler). The Loggers got another in the third on a sac fly from Korey Lee (Cal) and then he knocked in two more from a double as part of a three-run fourth inning. The Bucks got on the board in the bottom half and then another three the seventh as Parker Murdie (Jackson) hit an RBI double. Waterloo managed two more in the bottom of the ninth on an error, but the next guy struck out to end the game.
Wisconsin Rapids 0, Battle Creek 9
The Battle Creek Bombers limited the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters to just two hits and won the game 9-0. The Bombers got its first run in the opening inning on an error. Battle Creek got an RBI double by Connor Bailey (Willamette) in the fourth. The Bombers got four in the fifth which was capped off by consecutive RBI singles from Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist) and Bailey. The Bombers got two more in the sixth on an error and then another in the seventh. Michael McCraith (Wheaton) earned his fourth win on eight scoreless innings on two hits and three walks while striking out nine.
Bismarck 17, Willmar 8
The Bismarck Larks jumped all over the Willmar Stingers and won the game 17-8. The Larks got four in the opening inning as Conner Bock (Cal) knocked in two from a single. Willmar got on the board in the bottom half from an RBI double by Nic Hernandez (Cal Poly Pomona). The Larks got six in the second as Bock knocked in two from a single and Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) hit a grand slam. Bismarck got two in the third as Warkentin hit an RBI single. Willmar got one in the bottom half, but Bismarck responded for one in the next. The Larks added two more in the fifth, but the Stingers got four in the sixth as Hernandez cleared the bases from a double. Willmar addd another in the seventh and then one in the eighth from an error. Warkentin went deep again in the ninth for two and then the Stingers were shut down in-order in the bottom half to end the game.
Wisconsin 2, Kenosha 9 (7 Innings)
The Kenosha Kingfish stayed hot, used a big fifth inning and defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 9-2. The Kingfish got a pair in the opening inning on a dinger by Marty Bechina (Michigan State). Kenosha got another five in the second as Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) knocked in two from a double. The Fish scored one in the fourth and then another in the sixth from a home run by Carson McCusker (Oklahoma State). The two from Wisconsin came in the seventh on an RBI ground out and a bases loaded hit by pitch, but the next guy flew out to end the game.
Lakeshore 5, Madison 15
The Madison Mallards used three four-run innings and defeated the Lakeshore Chinooks 15-5. The Mallards got its first from a solo shot by Jake Randa (NW Florida State). Madison got another four in the third when Trevor Boone (Oklahoma State) and David Vinsky (Northwood) both hit two-run shots. Jim Govern (Eastern Illinois) hit a solo shot to lead off the fifth, but Vinsky cleared the bases on a double to start a four-run bottom half. Lakeshore got one in the sixth, but the Mallards got another four. The Chinooks got three on an error, but Madison got Randa to go deep for a pair which went on to be the final score.
Eau Claire 7, Thunder Bay 6
The Eau Claire Express took the lead in the eighth and defeated the Thunder Bay Border Cats 7-6. The Express got two in the fourth on an error and a fly out to score an unearned run. Eau Claire picked up two in the fifth on an RBI single by Andrew Pratt (Lubbock Christian). Thunder Bay tied it in the fifth which was powered by Billy Cook (Pepperdine) knocking in two from a double. The Express got two in the seventh on an RBI single and RBI double, but the Cats tied it in the bottom half on a homer run by Cook. The Express took the lead in the eighth n a sac fly by Pratt while Zach Grech (Stanford) threw the final for his second save.
St. Cloud 2, Rochester 0
The St. Cloud Rox held the Rochester Honkers to just one hit and defeated the Rochester Honkers 2-0. Will Warren (SE Louisiana) one hit the Honkers in eight innings while striking out eight for his first win. The Rox got its first in the fifth on an RBI single by Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown). St. Cloud got one more in the seventh on a bases loaded balk while Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) threw the final inning for his sixth save.
Schedule for August 3,
Green Bay @ Rockford (6:35 PM)
Madison @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Fond du Lac (6:35 PM)
Mankato @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
La Crosse @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)
Bismarck @ Willmar (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin Rapids @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)
St. Cloud @ Rochester (7:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)
Wisconsin @ Kenosha (7:05 PM)