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Flickertails walk-off Larks; Mac Daddies and Bombers split doubleheader

The Mandan Flickertails picked up an exciting win over the Bismarck Larks on Thursday, as they walked it off thanks to a double in the bottom of the 10th to hand the Larks their second consecutive walk-off loss. In Kalamazoo, the Mac Daddies easily won the first game of the doubleheader before the Bombers won a nail biter in the nightcap.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 9 Battle Creek Bombers 1
The Mac Daddies scored six runs in the second to race out to an early lead they would refuse to relinquish, as they took the first game of a doubleheader against the Bombers. Anthony Calarco (Northwestern) had a monster night for Kalamazoo, going 2-3 at the plate with a team-high four RBI. Kyle Nott (Central Michigan) and Gavin Doyle (Western Michigan) both had two RBI, while Kyle Ashowrth (Cal Poly) drove in one run. Easton Sikorski (Western Michigan) threw three innings, allowing a run on two hits to claim his second win of the season.

Battle Creek Bombers 5 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 0
The Bombers wasted no time in the second game, scoring two runs in the top of the first to take the early lead, which they extended in the second and third innings. It was a team effort, as the Bombers recorded six hits, with six different players getting a hit. LEE got the start for Battle Creek and threw two scoreless innings, allowing one walk but no hits to pick up the win. Drew Szczepaniak (Western Michigan) threw one inning, with a pair of strikeouts that would be the only strikeouts the Bombers would record.

Great Lakes Resorters 10 Traverse City Pit Spitters 8
The Pit Spitters mounted a furious ninth-inning rally, but even a five-run inning couldn’t finish the job, as the Resorters got a strikeout with the bases loaded and two-outs to nail down a narrow win. Kyle Riesselmann (Georgia State) had a monster night for the Resorters, going 3-4 with a season-high five RBI. Christian Garcia (Southeastern Louisiana) and Cooper Peterson (Hillsdale College) both had a pair of RBI on the night. The Pit Spitters were led by Evan Maday (Hope College), who was 2-4 at the plate with a team-high three RBI.

Kenosha Series
Kenosha Kingfish 9 K-Town Bobbers 5
The Kingfish scored in five of their nine innings Thursday night to take a 9-5 win from the Bobbers. Alex Helmin (Xavier) was the offensive leader for the Kingfish, going 2-4 with a runs cored and two RBI. Justin Janas (Illinois) was 1-6, but drove in two runs while McKay Barney (BYU) was 0-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Mike Edwards (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) got the start for Kenosha and threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five batters to earn his first win of the season.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Waterloo Bucks 7 Rochester Honkers 3
The Bucks pounded out 10 hits on Thursday night as they topped the Honkers 7-3. Patrick Ferguson (Gardner-Webb) was 1-2 for the Bucks, but the one hit was a home run. He finished with a pair of RBI. Oraj Anu (Kentucky) was 3-4, with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Levi Usher (Louisville) was 1-4 on the night but did drive in two runs. Ben Olson (University of Dayton) threw five scoreless innings, scattering five hits while recording five strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.

Willmar Stingers 6 St. Cloud Rox 0
The Stingers got on the board in the fourth before adding four runs in the sixth to easily beat the Rox on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Deylan Pigford (Cal State-Fullerton) was 1-4 for Willmar, with a double and three RBI. Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) was 2-4 on the night, with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Brody Barnum (Washington State) got the start for the Stingers, and threw four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five batters. Seth Miller (Arizona) threw three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and recording two strikeouts to pick up the win.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
La Crosse Loggers 6 Green Bay Booyah 1
The Loggers didn’t have one big offensive inning Thursday night, but they did score often, as they beat the Green Bay Booyah 6-1. Colin Burgess (South Carolina) was 3-3 for the Loggers with a double and a run scored while Kobe Kato (Arizona) was 3-5 with three RBI. WARD was 0-2, but drew a pair of walks and scored two runs. Travis Weston (Boise State) got the win for La Crosse after throwing five and one-third of an inning, allowing a run on four hits and striking out five batters.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 4 Rockford Rivets 1
John Rhodes (Kentucky) was 3-4 with two doubles for Fond du Lac on Thursday as they nipped the Rivets 4-1. Ryan Ritter (Kentucky) was 1-3 for the Dock Spiders with two RBI while Tate Kolwyck (Vanderbilt) was 2-4 with two runs scored. Drew Irvine (Iowa) threw three and two-thirds of an inning in relief, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight batters to earn his second win of the season. Theo Denlinger (Bradley) threw one-third of an inning to pick up the save.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 10 Wisconsin Woodchucks 1
The Rafters bats came alive in the sixth, as they scored five runs before scoring five more in the seventh to take a 10-1 win from the Woodchucks. Billy Cook (Pepperdine) was 2-5 for the Rafters, with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Andy Garriola (Old Dominion) was 2-6 with two runs scored while Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) was 1-2 with a double and two RBI. Glenn Albanese (Louisville) got the start and threw four hitless innings, with eight strikeouts. Sam Hliboki (Vanderbilt) threw three innings in relief, allowing a run on one hit to pick up his second win of the season.

North Dakota Pod
Mandan Flickertails 3 Bismarck Larks 2
The Flickertails handed the Larks their second consecutive walk-off loss on Thursday as Cole Elvis (California-Berkley) hit a double to left field in the bottom of the 10th to score Damone Hale (Yavapai C.C.). Jackson Loftin (Sam Houston State) was the offensive leader for Mandan, going 2-3 at the plate with a double and two runs scored. The double was the only hit of the night for Elvis, while Collin Hopkins (Indiana) was 2-4 with an RBI. Trystan Vrieling (Gonzaga) got the start for the Flickertails and threw six hitless innings, walking two and striking out six batters. John Wylie (Azusa Pacific) threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Schedule for Friday July 24 (All times Central unless noted)
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies at Kalamazoo Growlers 5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Great Lakes Resorters at Traverse City Pit Spitters 7:05 p.m. ET
Kenosha Kingfish at K-Town Bobbers 6:05 p.m.
Rochester Honkers at Mankato MoonDogs 6:35 p.m.
La Crosse Loggers at Wisconsin Woodchucks 6:35 p.m.
Rockford Rivets at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6:35 p.m.
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at Green Bay Booyah 6:35 p.m.
Waterloo Bucks at Willmar Stingers 7:05 p.m.
Bismarck Bull Moose at Mandan Flickertails 7:05 p.m.