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Fond du Lac, Kalamazoo Both Clinch Playoff Spots Tonight

Madison and Bismarck are both in the playoffs after winning the first half. The Dock Spiders and Growlers now grabbed two out of the remaining three spots in the south division playoffs. Kenosha leads by 3.5 in the second half standings. With Duluth losing two straight, Willmar now leads the Huskies and Mankato by a half game in the second half north.

 

Thunder Bay 1, Waterloo 16

The Waterloo Bucks jumped all over the Thunder Bay Border Cats 16-1. The Bucks scored first in the opening inning when Myles Emmerson (Cal Poly) hit an RBI single. Waterloo got five in the third when Angelo Altavilla (Nebraska) and Trey Leonard (Louisville) both went deep. They scored another in the fourth and then another pair in the fifth as Emmerson hit an RBI single. Emmerson drove in another in the seventh which scored two runs, but Thunder Bay had Gunner Hellstrom (Nebraska) draw a walk with the bases loaded. Waterloo then put up five in the eighth on two errors, an RBI single by Emmerson and another by Leonard as the Cats went down in-order to end the game.

Green Bay 1, Wisconsin Woodchucks 5

The Wisconsin Woodchucks battled with the Green Bay Bullfrogs and won the game 5-1. Everett Hurt (FIU) got the start for Wisconsin and threw five no-hit innings, allowed four walks while striking out two for his second win.  The Chucks put up three in the fourth which started with Domenic DeRenzo (Oklahoma) drawing a walk with the bases loaded. Wisconsin got another two in the sixth when DeRenzo went deep. Green Bay got its first hit in the eighth on a single, but he bounced into a double play. Riley Mihalik (Rider) though hit a solo shot later on, but Lennon Gwizdala (Northwood) bounced back and ended the game.

Willmar 4, Eau Claire 1 (10 innings)

The Willmar Stingers tied it in the ninth and then took the lead in the tenth for the eventual game-winner to defeat the Eau Claire Express 4-1. Sam Gardner (Alabama) threw 6.1 innings for Willmar, allowed just one run on three hits and five walks while striking out two. The one run for Eau Claire came in the sixth as Nick Brueser (Stanford) went deep. Justin Revels (Illinois-Springfield) threw 8.2 in his start for the Express, allowed just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six. The Stingers tied it in the ninth then when Jayson Newman (Cal-State Northridge) hit a solo shot. In the tenth, Tyler Reichenborn (Iowa Western) hit an RBI ground out, two more scored on bases loaded walks which eventually won the game.

Lakeshore 8, Fond du Lac 14

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders scored 10 in the first two innings and defeated the Lakeshore Chinooks 14-8. The Chinooks got two in the opening inning as Dallas Beaver (UCF) went deep. Fondy got five in the bottom half as Jordan Prendiz (UCLA) capped it off when he knocked in two from a single. The Spiders got another five in the next inning as Alex Erro (Northwestern) started things with a two-run single. They got another two in the third when Zac Taylor (Illinois) hit a home run. Lakeshore got one in the fourth, but Fondy scored twice more in the bottom half. The Chinooks got one in the sixth and then Dominic Clementi (Michigan) hit a solo shot. Drew Smith (Northeast CC) then hit a solo home run for the Lakeshore in the eighth and then they got two more in the ninth, but the final guy struck out to end the game.

Battle Creek 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3

The Battle Creek Bombers used the middle innings and defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4-3. Both scored unearned runs in the fourth and then the Bombers scored a pair in the fifth as Roman Trujillo (New Mexico State) hit an RBI single. Battle Creek hit a home run in the sixth from Zach Gartner (East Texas Baptist). Rapids did manage two in the eighth when Ty Duvall (Vanderbilt) hit an RBI single. Dillon Sievert (Spalding) threw the final inning for Battle Creek and converted his second save.

Kalamazoo 4, Madison 5

The Madison Mallards walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers 5-4. Both teams scored runs in the opening inning. Niko Kavadas (Notre Dame) hit an RBI single for the Growlers and Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) knocked one in from a double for the Mallards. Jarrett Smetana (Kent State) led off the second with a solo shot for Kalamazoo. Kavadas hit a homer in the third, but Madison responded for one in the bottom half. The Growlers got another in the fifth, but The Mallards put up one in the seventh. Madison tied in the ninth from an unearned run and then Garrett Kueber (Austin Peay) hit an RBI single to win the game.

Rockford 2, Kenosha 8

The Kenosha Kingfish used the middle to late innings and defeated the Rockford Rivets 8-2. The Rivets started the game with Parker Kelly (Texas Tech) going deep. The Kingfish got on the board with two in the fourth as Marty Bechina (Michigan State) led off the inning with a homer. They got another four in the fifth on a two-run home run by Evan McDonald (Fairleigh Dickinson). He drove in another in the sixth and then Devin Ortiz (Virginia) went deep to lead off the seventh. The Rivets did get another in the ninth on an error, but the next guy struck out to end the game.

Bismarck 6, Mankato 9

The Mankato MoonDogs battled all game and defeated the Bismarck Larks 9-6. Both teams scored in the first as Carson Bartels (St. Johns) led off the game with a homer. The Larks got another three in the second when Bartels knocked in two unearned runs from a double. Bismarck got one in the fourth, but Mankato managed three in the fifth when Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) went yard. Bismarck got one in the sixth, but the Dogs got a pair in the sixth from Austin Bull hitting a double. Mankato took the lead in the sixth when Jake Shepski (Xavier) and MacDonald led off the inning with consecutive home runs. The Dogs got one more in the eighth and then Zach Hardy (New Mexico State) picked up his 10th save.

Duluth 5, Rochester 7

The Rochester Honkers walked it off in the ninth inning and defeated the Duluth Huskies 7-5. The Huskies got one in the third, but the Honkers took the lead with a two-run shot by Nate Webb (UC Riverside). They got another two-run home run by Michael Mihalak (Illinois) in the fourth and then Alex McGarry (Oregon State) hit a solo shot in the seventh. Duluth did get an RBI single by Tony Monroy (Georgetown) in the eighth and then two home runs by Sean Watkins (Cal State LA) and Julian Escobedo (San Diego State) to tie it up. The Honkers fourth home run came in the bottom of the ninth from Matt Hardy (UC Riverside) to win the game.

St. Cloud 9, La Crosse 6

The St. Cloud Rox scored big in the eighth and defeated the La Crosse Loggers 9-6. The Rox got a pair in the second which was started by an RBI single from Noah Hill (BYU). The Loggers managed one in the bottom half, but St. Cloud managed twice more in the third. La Crosse got an unearned run in the fourth, but the Rox got another in the sixth. La Crosse then took the lead with four in the bottom half as Bryce Blaum (Texas A&M) reached on an error and two runs scored. St. Cloud then took the lead in the eighth for good on two errors and a single from Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) which ended up being the game-winner.

Schedule for August 9:

Battle Creek @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Fond du Lac @ Rockford (6:35 PM)

Mankato @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Wisconsin Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Duluth @ Waterloo (6:35 PM)

Kenosha @ Kalamazoo (7:05 PM)

Rochester @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

Madison @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Bismarck (7:05 PM)

Thunder Bay @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)