Published On: July 4th, 2020

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters came within one out of a combined no-hitter on Saturday, but a single with two-outs in the ninth inning prevented them from making history, though they still brought home a 9-0 win over the visiting Wisconsin Woodchucks.

North Dakota Pod
Mandan Flickertails 3, Bismarck Larks 2
The Flickertails fell behind early, but were able to sneak by the Larks in the first game. Raheem Salmon (Stetson) led the Mandan offense, going 2-4 with two RBI. Sterling Hayes (Creighton) went 1-3 with a double and an RBI while Jake Hansen (Cincinnati) went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Both starting pitchers turned in solid starts, as Ben Schoneman Iv (Colorado School of Mines) started for the Flickertails and threw five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. His counterpart was Yassir Kahook (Toledo), who also lasted five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts.

Mandan Flickertails 7, Bismarck Larks 1
The Flickertails scored four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, as they sailed to a 7-1 win over the Bismarck Larks. In the bottom of the first, they scored four runs on three hits, including an RBI double from Sterling Hayes (Creighton) and RBI singles from Jack KRause (Bowling Green)and Noah Matousek (Morehead State). Trystan Vrieling (Gonzaga) got the start for the Flickertails and spun a gem, going five innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out nine batters to pick up his first win of the season.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Growlers 6 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 4
It was an explosive first inning in Kalamazoo, as the Growlers scored three runs in the top of the inning before the Mac Daddies scored four to take the lead. The Growlers would take the lead for good in the fifth when they scored a pair before adding an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Luke Stephenson (Xavier) led the Growlers, going 2-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Brett Barrera (Stanford) was 1-5 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI. Connor McGuire (California-Irvine) was the big bat for the Mac Daddies, as he hit a three-run home run in the first inning. He finished going 1-5 at the plate with three RBI. Aaron Hubbell (Belmont) was credited with the win, throwing six shutout innings in relief, allowing two hits and walking two while recording six strikeouts.

Traverse City Pit Spitters 7 Great Lakes Resorters 6
The Pit Spitters rallied late, scoring four runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth to force extra innings, where they scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to steal a win from the Resorters. The game-winning hit came off the bat of Evan Maday (Hope College), who singled to right field to score Gray Betts (Liberty) and send the fans home happy. Mario Camilletti (Central Michigan) and Maday both went 2-5 at the plate with two RBI for Traverse City. Evan Gates (North Carolina A&T) picked up the win, throwing two relief innings, allowing no runs or hits while recording two strikeouts.

Wisconsin/Illinois Pod
Rockford Rivets 5 Green Bay Booyah 3
The Rivets rallied late in the game, scoring a run in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, where they scored a pair of runs to slip past the Booyah. MCDONALD led the Rivets offense, going 2-3 at the plate with a run scored and one RBI. Collin Loose (Austin Peay State) threw two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts to pick up the win. Noah DeLuga (Minnesota) picked up the save thanks to one scoreless inning.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 12 La Crosse Loggers 7
The Dock Spiders poured on the offense to pick up a road win over the Loggers on Saturday. The Dock Spiders wasted no time, as they scored four runs in the top of the first. They continued to pile on in the fifth when they scored five times to take a 11-6 lead. Aaron Anderson (Liberty) was the offensive MVP, as he went 4-4 at the plate with a home run and six RBI. He was one of two Dock Spiders to homer on the game, with Tim Elko (Mississippi) picking up the other. La Crosse’s Kobe Kato (Arizona) nearly matched Anderson’s numbers, as he was also 4-4 on the night, with two home runs and five RBI.

Wisconsin Woodchucks/Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
The Rafters pitching staff came within one out of a no-hitter on Saturday night, but a two-out Woodchucks single spoiled the Rafters chance at making history, as they still cruised to a 9-0 victory. Ryan Walstad (Sacramento State) was the offensive leader for the Rafters, going 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Jack Gonzalez (Dixie State) got the start for the Rafters, and threw three perfect innings, striking out seven of the nine batters he faced. He gave way to Spencer Arrighetti (Louisiana-Lafayette), who threw five perfect innings, striking out eight batters to pick up his first win of the season.

Minnesota/Iowa Pod
Rochester Honkers/Willmar Stingers
The Stingers started a rally in the seventh, eventually clawing their way back to being down 6-4, but the Honkers scored five times in the top of the ninth to stretch the lead to seven runs, which Willmar wasn’t able to overcome in their final at-bats. As a team, the Honkers blasted three home runs, including a ninth-inning grand slam by Tanner Tweedt (Sacramento City College) that effectively put the lead out of reach. Bryce Matthews (Arkansas) and Ryan Wrobleski (Dallas Baptist) also had home runs for the Honkers. Larson Kindreich (Biola) turned in a stellar pitching performance for Rochester, as he threw five scoreless innings, allowing just one run while recording five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Willmar Stingers 13, Rochester Honkers 2
The Stingers had no problems in the night cap, as they provided plenty of in-game fireworks en route to a 13-2 thrashing of the Honkers. Jayson Newman (California State-Northridge) was absolutely on fire, going 3-5 at the plate with two home runs and five RBI for the Stingers. Griffin Cheney (Georgia State) also had a good game, going 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brody Barnum (Washington State) got the start on the mound and picked up the win, throwing five shutout innings, allowing three hits and recording eight strikeouts.

Waterloo Bucks 6, Mankato Moondogs 5
The Moondogs took an early lead, but the Bucks scored five runs in the middle innings to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Bucks blasted two home runs on the night, with Levi Usher (Louisville) and Oraj Anu (Kentucky) going deep. Usher would finish the night going 3-5, with a double and two runs scored in addition to two RBI. Anu was 2-4 at the plate with one run and a pair of RBI.

Sunday, July 5 Schdeule (All times Central)

Bismarck Bull Moose at Mandan Flickertails 12:35 p.m.
La Crosse Loggers at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 1:05 p.m.
Green Bay Booyah at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 1:05 p.m.
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies at Battle Creek Bombers 1:05 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at Rockford Rivets 3:05 p.m.
Waterloo Bucks at Mankato Moondogs 5:05 p.m.
Northern Michigan Dune Bears at Traverse City Pit Spitters 5:05 p.m.
Rochester Honkers at Willmar Stingers 6:05 p.m.

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