The Battle Creek Bombers picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday, both of which came via the walk-off, as they topped the Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 4-1 in the opening game before winning a nailbiter in the nightcap. The St. Cloud Rox and Willmar Stingers needed 12 innings to decide a winner, but when the dust settled, the Rox were victorious thanks to a three-run 12th inning.
Battle Creek Bombers 4 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 1
The Mac Daddies brought a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but the Bombers walked it off on a three-run home run off the bat of Joseph Mason (University of Mount Olive), who finished the game 1-3, with the home run and three RBI. T.J. McKenzie (Vanderbilt) was 0-2, but he had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth that drove in the game-tying run. Justin VanDeBrake (Washington State) finished 1-2, with a double and a run scored. Kalamazoo only managed two hits, both of which came from Garrett Navarra (Central Michigan), who was 2-3. Nolan Lamere (Clarke University) picked up the win for Battle Creek, throwing two scoreless innings, with a pair of strikeouts.
Battle Creek Bombers 1 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 0
Josh Swinehart (Western Michigan) was the hero in the second game, as it was his walk-off solo home run that accounted for the only run of the game. Swinehart, who entered the game as a pinch hitter, took the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the left field fence, sending Bombers fans home happy. Luke Murphy (Vanderbilt) got the win for the Bombers after throwing one scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Parker Sisovsky (Kalamazoo College) was given the loss despite throwing four and one-third of an inning, allowing just three hits and recording five strikeouts.
Traverse City Pit Spitters 13 Great Lakes Resorters 3
The Pit Spitters scored six runs in the top of the first, then topped off the game with a five-run ninth as they sailed past the Resorters. Traverse City pounded out 15 hits, all of which were singles. Spencer Schwellenbach (Nebraska) was 3-5, with two runs scored and an RBI while Chris Monroe (University of Illinois at Springfield) was 2-6, with three RBI along with a run scored. Mario Camilletti (Central Michigan) was 2-5, while Johnny Hipsman (University of Richmond) finished 2-6, with two runs scored and two RBI. Pat Hohlfeld (Jefferson) picked up his first win of the season, throwing three shutout innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
Waterloo Bucks 10 Rochester Honkers 6
The Bucks scored five runs in the top of the sixth to separate themselves from the Honkers, as they took home a 10-6 win. Patrick Ferguson (Gardner-Webb) was 2-4 at the plate, with a home run and two RBI. Tristan Peterson (Washington State) was 2-5, with three runs scored and a home run of his own. Jayden Kiernan (Utah) was 2-4, with a double and a team-high four RBI. Tanner Tweedt (Sacramento City College) led the Honkers offense, going 2-3 with a double and two RBI. Blake Corsentino (Santa Barbra State College) picked up the win after throwing five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five batters.
St. Cloud Rox 9 Willmar Stingers 8
There was no shortage of offense on Wednesday in St. Cloud, as the Rox and Stingers traded runs in extras before the Rox finally walked it off in the bottom of the 12th on a Kodie Kolden (Washington State) single that allowed Logan Thompson (Eastern Kentucky) and Andrew Pintar (BYU) to score, sending the crowd home happy. Jack Kelly (Minnesota) was the offensive star for the Rox, as he finished 4-6, with a double and four RBI. Jordan Barth (Augustana) finished with three hits, including a triple and an RBI while Ben Norman (Iowa) and Pintar both had multiple hits. Joey Stock (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) was credited with hit second win of the season after throwing one inning, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out one batter.
Green Bay Booyah 3 La Crosse Loggers 2
Green Bay scored three runs early, then held off the Loggers to pick up a home win Wednesday night. Andy Blake (Columbia) was 1-4 for the Booyah, but the one hit was a solo home run. It was one of just four hits the Booyah managed, though the Green Bay pitching staff held the Loggers to three hits. The Booyah pitchers were led by Logan Lee (Northwood University) who threw five innings, allowing one run on three hits with a strikeout to pick up the win. Ron Cole (Kentucky) came on and threw two relief innings, striking out two batters to pick up his first save of the season.
Rockford Rivets 5 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 3
The Rivets scored five runs in the seventh to take a 5-3 decision over the Dock Spiders. Daniel Carinci (Kansas State) was 1-4 at the plate for Rockford, with two RBI. Chase Estep (Kentucky) finished 2-3 with a run scored while Jake Vander Wal (Saint Leo University) was 1-5 with a double and an RBI. Carson Seymour (Kansas State) turned in a gem on the mound, as he threw six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and recording six strikeouts. Jordan Nelson (University of Dubuque) threw three innings, allowing a run to pick up his first save of the season. Jake Carr (West Virginia) was just as effective on the mound for Fond du Lac, as he threw six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and recording six strikeouts as well.
Wisconsin Woodchucks 3 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 1
The Woodchucks were held off the board until the sixth, but they put up a pair then added an insurance run in the seventh to take a 3-1 win over the Rafters. The Woodchucks only had six hits as a team, led by Brandon Seltzer (Palm Beach Atlantic University), who was 1-4 with a home run and two RBI. Kyle Hess (Pittsburgh) was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI for Wisconsin. Matt Taylor (South Florida) got the start for the Woodchucks and threw four scoreless innings, allowing a run and striking out three batters. He was relieved by Hunter Rosenbaum (West Virginia), who threw three innings, allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. Michael Smith (Concordia University Texas) had one shutout inning to pick up his second save of the season.
North Dakota Pod
Bismarck Bull Moose 3 Bismarck Larks 2
The Bull Moose also picked up a walk-off win Wednesday night, as Ben Teel (University of Montevallo) singled in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Calen Schwabe (North Dakota State), giving the Bull Moose their fourth win of the season. Teel finished the game 1-4, while Ethan Kleinheider (Rockhurst) was 2-4 with an RBI. Larson Fontenot (Northwestern State) was also 2-4 while Schwabe was 1-3 with two runs scored on the night. The Larks had some offensive output from Griffin Schneider (Wagner College), who was 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Gunnar Boehm (Tiffin University) turned in a beautiful start for the Bull Moose, throwing six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Jake Snyder (Creighton) threw one scoreless relief inning to pick up his third win of the season.
Thursday July 23 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Battle Creek Bombers at Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Kenosha Kingfish at K-Town Bobbers 6:05 p.m.
Rochester Honkers at Waterloo Bucks 6:35 p.m.
La Crosse Loggers at Green Bay Booyah 6:35 p.m.
Rockford Rivets at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6:35 p.m.
Traverse City Pit Spitters at Great Lakes Resorters 7:05 p.m. ET
St. Cloud Rox at Willmar Stingers 7:05 p.m.
Bismarck Larks at Mandan Flickertails 7:05 p.m.