La Crosse Wins Fifth Straight to Come Within a Half Game of First in the North
La Crosse increased its winning streak to five for their 20th win. Duluth also won its 20th game tonight and currently hold a half game lead for first in the North. Kenosha is riding a six-game winning streak to give them a big four game lead in the south with eight left.
Green Bay 9, Rockford 5
The Green Bay Bullfrogs used a big seventh and defeated the Rockford Rivets 9-5. The Frogs one in the opening inning on an RBI ground out. The Rivets took the lead for two in the third as Kian O’Brien (Kent State) hit an RBI single. Green Bay tied it in the fourth from a solo shot by Keaton Smith (Nevada). The Rivets retook the lead in the bottom half and then added another in the fifth. Both teams scored in the sixth, but the Frogs took the lead for good in the seventh on five from two errors. Another error sparked one more run in the eighths as Jason Applegate (Villanova) threw four in relief, struck out three and won his fourth.
Madison 6, Lakeshore 13
The Lakeshore Chinooks scored early and often and defeated the Madison Mallards 13-6. The Chinooks got two in the first which was started from Connor Kimple (South Mountain) hitting an RBI single. Madison took the lead in the second with three which was powered by Cam Cratic (Madison College) knocking in two from a single. The Chinooks retook the lead in the second with three as Kimple knocked in another from a single. The Mallards battled for one in the third, but Lakeshore got two more in the fourth as Dallas Beaver (UCF) hit a two-run double. Jim Govern (Eastern Illinois) went deep for the Chinooks in the fifth and then they got another pair in the sixth as Kimple drove in one from a double. Trevor Schwecke (UW-Milwaukee) jacked a two-run homer for the Mallards in the seventh. Kimple then added another two in a three-run bottom half as Jake Carlsen (Joliet) threw the final two to end the game.
Kalamazoo 7, Fond du Lac 3
The Kalamazoo Growlers used a big seventh inning and defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 7-3. Both teams scored runs in the second on RBI ground outs. Fondy took the lead in the fifth on Jack Wassel (Minnesota) knocking in a run from a single. The Growlers tied it in the sixth on an RBI single by Jonathan Foster (Florida State) while the Spider retook the lead on a wild pitch. Kalamazoo then took the lead in the seventh as two runs scored on a Foster single and Cayman Richardson (Virginia) cleared the bases from a triple. Braydon Nelson (St. Bonaventure) threw three scoreless in relief and picked up his first win.
Mankato 4, Duluth 14
The Duluth Huskies used the third and fourth to take the lead and defeat the Mankato MoonDogs 14-4. The MoonDogs got two in the opening inning when Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) started things with an RBI single. The Huskies got one in the bottom half and then tied it in the next inning on an RBI single. The four runs in the third were centered around errors while the next four were started by RBI singles from Nicholas Sogard (Loyola-Marymount) and Sean Watkins (Cal State LA). Three more came in the fifth, but Mankato got a pair in the eighth from a home run by Zac Wiley (Bellarmine). Duluth scored an unearned run in the eighth and the Dogs went down in-order in the ninth to end the game.
La Crosse 5, Waterloo 2
The La Crosse Loggers used the first three innings to build a lead and defeat the Waterloo Bucks 5-2. The Loggers got one in the first, another in the second and one more in the third, all from small ball. The Bucks scored on an error in the bottom of the third, but Korey Lee (Cal) hit a two-run shot in the fifth from a homer. Waterloo managed another in the sixth on an RBI double by Carmen Sclafani (Rutgers), but Trent Sidwell (Illinois-Springfield) threw the final 1.1 scoreless for his second save.
Bismarck 0, Willmar 5
The Willmar Stingers got Matt Ornelas (Nova Southeastern) to throw seven scoreless in relief in their 5-0 shutout of the Bismarck Larks. Jayson Newman (Cal-State Northridge) threw the first two and struck out five. Ornelas then came in to pitch the final seven, allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 for his fourth win. The Stingers got one in the opening inning from a double by Nic Hernandez (Cal Poly Pomona). Hernandez drove in another two from a double in the third and then another pair scored in the fourth which was enough to win the game.
Wisconsin Rapids 1, Battle Creek 3
The Battle Creek Bombers took the lead in the third and tacked on an insurance run in the fourth in their 3-1 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Rapids got one in the opening inning on an RBI ground out. The Bombers tied it in the second on an RBI single by Jake Wilson (Bowling Green). They took the lead from a sac fly and their insurance run came from Connor Bailey (Willamete) hitting an RBI single. Kevin Hahn (Cal State Stanislaus) pitched 2.1 scoreless and struck out three in relief while Derek Martin (Tarleton State) threw the final inning for his first save.
St. Cloud 9, Rochester 0
The St. Cloud Rox scored early and often and defeated the Rochester Honkers 9-0. The Rox got its first when Ryan Davis (Georgetown) started the game with a home run. St. Cloud scored in the second on a wild pitch, in the third from an RBI single and the fourth from another RBI single. Ben Carew (Kent State) knocked in two from a double for the Rox and Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) hit a two-run shot. Weisenberg hit an RBI single in the ninth as Evan Johnson (Creighton) threw six scoreless on five hits and three walks while striking out six for his fifth win.
Eau Claire 11, Thunder Bay 13
The Thunder Bay Border Cats battled all game and defeated the Eau Claire Express 13-11. Eau Claire took the lead right away from consecutive base-knocks as David LaManna (Notre Dame) drove in one of his first runs from a single. The Cats got on the board in the opening inning. The Express scored four in the second as Mitchell Buban (UW-Milwaukee) knocked in two from a single. Thunder Bay tied it in the bottom half as Brandon Trammell (Tennessee) drove in one of his two runs from a single. The Express retook the lead from two in the fourth as LaManna knocked in another. Thunder Bay got one back in the bottom half, but the Express got one in the fifth. Thunder Bay managed to take the lead with four in the fifth as Trammell knocked in two from a triple. Both teams traded runs in the seventh and eighth as Andrew Gross (UTA) threw two for his fourth save.
Wisconsin 5, Kenosha 6
The Kenosha Kingfish battled all game and walked it off in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-5. The Kingfish got four in the first which was started from Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) hitting an RBI single. The Chucks scored first in the fifth on an error. Ricardo Garcia (Webber International) threw 5.1 in relief for the Chucks, allowed just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Wisconsin got three in the seventh which was powered by Mike Ferri (UW Milwaukee) hitting a two-run double. The Kingfish scored again in the bottom half, but Wisconsin tied it in the ninth on a home run by Javier Valdes (FIU). Then with two outs and a runner on third, Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) scored on a wild pitch to win the game.
Schedule for August 4:
Kenosha @ Madison (6:05 PM)
Mankato @ Bismarck (6:05 PM)
Waterloo @ St. Cloud (6:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin Rapids (6:05 PM)
Rochester @ Thunder Bay (6:05 PM)
Willmar @ La Crosse (6:05 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)
Lakeshore @ Green Bay (6:35 PM)
Eau Claire @ Duluth (6:35 PM)
Rockford @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)