Rox keep Moondogs winless; Weather shortens a pair of games

The Mankato Moondogs are still winless on the 2020 season after they fell to the St. Cloud Rox 6-2 on Thursday in Mankato. They have now lost their first six games of the season, and will host Waterloo Friday still in search of their first win. In other action, two games in the Wisconsin-Illinois pod were ended early due to inclement weather in the area, with the Green Bay Booyah and Rockford Rivets being the beneficiaries of the weather disruptions.

North Dakota Pod
Bismarck Larks 8 Bismarck Bull Moose 4
The Larks scored five times in the top of the second inning on Thursday to set the pace for what would turn out to be an 8-4 victory over the Bull Moose. Tim Simoes (US Military Academy) was the story of the game for the Larks, as he made his Northwoods League debut in a big way, jacking a grand slam in his first at-bat to set the tone. Noah kandel (Tiffin) would pick up the win, throwing three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and recording three strikeouts.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Growlers 8 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 2
The Growlers won the battle of Kalamazoo on Thursday, taking advantage of a four-run first inning to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Mac Daddies. Brett Barrera (Stanford) was on fire for the Growlers, blasting a home run and going 3-4, adding a double and a pair of RBI. The Growlers used eight pitchers, with Luke Scoles (Central Michigan) throwing one scoreless inning to pick up his first win of the season.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
Rockford Rivets 3 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 1 (6 innings)
The Rivets had a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when the skies opened up, resulting in a downpour that forced the game to be declared official. Ryan Hampe (Illinois) was 1-2 in the shortened game, with the hit being a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. Branden Comia (Illinois) was 1-3, with a double and a run scored. Jordan Wicks (Kansas State) picked up the win, throwing five innings, allowing one run on six hits and recording six strikeouts.

Wisconsin Woodchucks 10 La Crosse Loggers 4
The Loggers scored four runs in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough, as the Woodchucks held on for a 10-4 home victory on Thursday night. Caleb Denny (Oral Roberts) led the way for the Woodchucks offense, going 3-4 with two runs scored, two home runs and four RBI. Pablo Ruiz (Central Florida) also contributed to the fireworks, hitting a home run to go 2-5 with a pair of RBI. Hunter Rosenbaum (West Virginia) picked up the win after throwing four scoreless innings, allowing two runs.

Green Bay Booyah 10 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 8 (7 innings)
The Dock Spiders scored five runs in the top of the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to rally, as they fell to the Booyan 10-8 in a game called in the seventh inning due to rain. Andy Blake (Columbia) was 3-4 on the night for the Booyah, with a run scored and an RBI. Nadie Lewis (Princeton) was 1-3 on the night, with a third-inning home run. On the mound, Chandler Ingram (University of Montevallo) got the win, throwing two scoreless innings while recording three strikeouts.

Minnesota Pod
St. Cloud Rox 6 Mankato Moondogs 2
The Rox scored early and often to keep the Moondogs winless on the season. Garrett Delano (Mercer) led the St. Cloud offense, going 2-5 with a pair of RBI. Andrew Pintar (BYU) finished 1-5, but the one hit was a double. He also scored two runs for the Rox. Zane Mills (Washington State) got the start and threw three solid innings, giving up one earned run on three hits and striking out four batters. He was relieved by Kevin Davis (South Carolina-Upstate), who threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Blake Stelzer (Concordia-St. Paul) picked up the save after throwing two and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Friday, July 10 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Traverse City Pit Spitters at Great Lakes Resorters 7:05 p.m. ET
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Rockford Rivets 6:05 p.m.
Battle Creek Bombers at Kalamazoo Growlers 7:35 p.m. ET
Green Bay Booyah at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6:35 p.m.
La Crosse Loggers at Wisconsin Woodchucks 6:35 p.m.
Waterloo Bucks at Mankato Moondogs 6:35 p.m.
St. Cloud Rox at Willmar Stingers 7:05 p.m.
Bismarck Larks at Mandan Flickertails 7:05 p.m.