Willmar Knocked off La Crosse Forcing a Two-Way Tie For First in the North with Duluth
The Stingers won its second straight and with a Duluth loss, they are both tied for first in the second half North Standings. Madison snapped Kenosha’s winning streak giving the Kingfish just a three game lead in the south, putting the Mallards ahead in the overall standings by six games.
Kenosha 7, Madison 8 (11 Innings)
The Madison Mallards walked it off in the bottom of the 11th and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 8-7. The Kingfish got a pair in the opening inning when Connor Doyle (San Diego) led off the game with a homer. The Mallards took the lead with four in the second as Jake Randa (NW Florida State) knocked in two runs from a single. The Kingfish put up five in the fifth as three scored on a bases loaded walks. The Mallards scored three to tie it in the bottom half as Randa jacked a home run which forced extra innings. Then with one out and a runner on third, Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) hit a sac fly to win it for the Mallards.
Mankato 2, Bismarck 3
The Bismarck Larks walked it off against the Mankato MoonDogs and won the game 3-2. The Dogs got on the board first in the fourth on an RBI single by CJ Huntley (Indiana State). The Larks tied it in the fifth on an RBI single by Jack Feely (Benedictine). Bismarck took the lead in the sixth and then Mankato managed to tie it back up in the ninth. Then with one out and bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Matthew Warkentin (Xavier) hit a sac fly to win the game.
Waterloo 2, St. Cloud 12
The St. Cloud Rox jumped all over the Waterloo Bucks for a 12-2 victory. The Rox got on the board with three in the fourth as Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) knocked in one of his three from a double. St. Cloud scored two unearned runs in the fifth, but Waterloo got two in the seventh from an RBI fielder’s choice and RBI ground out. St. Cloud though got three in the bottom half from an RBI double by Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown), an error and wild pitch. Another four scored in the eighth form Sanchez driving in two on a double as the bullpen threw the final 2.1 scoreless to end the game.
Fond du Lac 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders took the lead in the top of the ninth and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 5-4. Rapids got two in the opening inning on an error and RBI single by Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV). The Rafters went up three in the second, but the Spiders put up four in the third which was started by Alex Erro (Northwestern) knocking in two from a double. Rapids tied it in the fifth when Brody Wofford (UCF) hit an RBI double. Erro then delivered an RBI single in the top of the ninth which went on to be the game-winning run.
Rochester 0, Thunder Bay 3 (6 Innings)
The Thunder Bay Border Cats limited the Rochester Honkers to just four hits and won the game 3-0. The Border Cats got two in the second on consecutive RBI singles by Calen Schwabe (Des Moines Area CC) and Billy Cook (Pepperdine). Thunder Bay got another in the fifth while Rogelio Reyes (Cal) threw all six scoreless, allowed just the four hits and three walks while striking out eight for his second win.
Willmar 8, La Crosse 6
The Willmar Stingers used a big fifth inning and defeated the La Crosse Loggers 8-6. The Stingers got one in the first on an RBI single by Eli Wilson (Minnesota). The Loggers took the lead in the second with three which was powered by an RBI single from Austin Murr. The Stingers got another pair in the fourth to retake the lead as Wilson led off the inning on a homer. The Stingers went off for five in the fifth which was powered by Joey Ortiz (New Mexico State) hitting one of his two singles that drove in a run. La Crosse put up three in the sixth as Harrison Freed (Butler) knocked in two from a single. Nick Mears (Sacramento City) threw the final two scoreless, struck out five and converted his sixth save.
Kalamazoo 8, Wisconsin 12
The Wisconsin Woodchucks took the lead in the eighth and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 12-8. They both got runs in the opening inning. Zach Daniel (Tennessee) it an RBI single for the Growlers and Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M) got the same for the Chucks. Kalamazoo took the lead with a pair in the third and then another three in the fifth when Sam Crail (Indiana) hit a two-run shot. Wisconsin then got seven in the bottom half as Brandt Broussard led off the inning with a dinger and Domenic DeRenzo (Oklahoma) hit a three-run shot. The Growlers got two in the eighth to tie it, but Wisconsin responded for four in the bottom half which was started by Reese Alexiades (Pepperdine) homering in two. Lennon Gwizdala (Northwood) threw the final 1.2 scoreless for his second win.
Lakeshore 9, Green Bay 7
The Lakeshore Chinooks used two four-run innings to defeat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 9-7. The Chinooks got its first four in the opening inning as Dallas Beaver (UCF) hit a two-run shot. The Frogs got on the board in the second on an RBI single by Blake Nelson (Michigan). Green Bay tied it in the third on back-to-back RBI fielder’s choices. Lakeshore’s second four-run inning was powered by another two-run homer by Jack Dunn (Northwestern). Both teams traded runs in the fifth and the Frogs got another in the seventh on an RBI single by Nelson. They got two in the eighth, but the side was retired in the ninth to end the game.
Eau Claire 10, Duluth 9
The Eau Claire Express prevented a late rally from the Duluth Huskies and won the game 10-9. The Huskies got its first in the opening inning when Nicholas Sogard (Loyola-Marymount) hit an RBI single. The Express took the lead in the second when Drew Hmielewski (Minnesota) hit an RBI double. Duluth got another two in the bottom half as Tony Monroy (Georgetown) hit a two-run single. Both teams got runs from errors in the fifth, but Eau Claire managed three more in the sixth on three errors. The Express put up three in the eighth as Andrew Pratt (Lubbock Christian) was responsible for two on a single. The Huskies got three in the bottom half when Chris Gilbody (Georgetown) knocked in two from a single. Duluth did manage two in the ninth when Sogard hit an RBI single, but the final guy grounded out to end the game.
Rockford 8, Battle Creek 10
The Battle Creek Bombers took the lead in the fourth and never looked back as they defeated the Rockford Rivets 10-8. Rockford got a pair in the opening inning as Parker Bates (Louisiana Tech) started it with an RBI single. The Bombers got on the board in the bottom half as Caleb Hernandez (New Mexico State) hit an RBI single. The Bombers tied it in the second on an error. The Rivets went off in the third for six on three two-RBI base knocks as Bates got things going with a single. Battle Creek came within one in the bottom half as Roman Trujillo (New Mexico State) knocked in two from a single. Battle Creek took the lead with three in the fourth as Jake Wilson (Bowling Green) hit a two-run double. Patrick Hohlfeld (Jefferson) threw 3.1 scoreless for his first win and Brett Manis (Ohio) threw the final three for his first save.
Schedule for August 5:
Rockford @ Battle Creek (1:05 PM)
Rochester @ Thunder Bay (1:35 PM)
Kalamazoo @ Wisconsin (3:05 PM)
Mankato @ Bismarck (3:05 PM)
Eau Claire @ Duluth (3:05 PM)
Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin Rapids (4:05 PM)
Waterloo @ St. Cloud (4:05 PM)
Willmar @ La Crosse (5:05 PM)
Green Bay @ Lakeshore (5:05 PM)