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Rox end MoonDogs win streak; Booyah dominate Woodchucks

The Mankato MoonDogs six-game win streak came to a crushing end Monday night, as they fell to the St. Cloud Rox 15-5. This was the longest win streak of the season for Mankato, and second-longest in the Minnesota-Iowa pod this season. That wasn’t the only blowout on Monday, as the Green Bay Booyah ran circles around the Wisconsin Woodchucks to bring home an 11-1 win.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 1 Battle Creek Bombers 0
The Mac Daddies scored a run in the bottom of the first, but thanks to standout pitching performances from Sean Allison (Kalamazoo Valley C.C.) and Ian Leatherman (Central Michigan), that was all they needed in the first game of a doubleheader. Allison got the start, and threw three hitless innings, walking one batter and recording two strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. Leatherman threw the final two innings, allowing a hit but no runs with a pair of strikeouts of his own to claim the save. Garrett Navarra (Central Michigan) had the lone RBI for Kalamazoo, as his single in the first allowed Kyle Ashworth (Cal Poly) to score the lone run of the game for either side.

Battle Creek Bombers 1 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 1
Game two of the doubleheader turned into a pitcher’s duel, and ended in the second tie of the season for the Northwoods League. Both teams scored their run in the fourth, with the Bombers getting theirs when Michael Morissette (Miami University Ohio) advanced to first base on an error by the second baseman, allowing Joseph Mason (University of Mount Olive) to score an unearned run, putting the Bombers in the lead. Kalamazoo responded in the bottom of the inning, as Patrick Arndt (Bellarmine) singled to left field to score Kyle Nott (Central Michigan), who had led off the inning by drawing a walk. Neither team was able to push across a run in the fifth, and due to local regulations the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 8 Rockford Rivets 4
Fond du Lac scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take an early lead on the Rivets, who were unable to make up the difference. The Dock Spiders started the inning with four consecutive hits from Victor Scott II (West Virginia University), Ryan Ritter (University of Kentucky), Marcos Sanchez (Texas Wesleyan University), and a bunt hit from Sam Novitske (University of Oregon). Sanchez’s hit to right was his first RBI of the season and allowed Scott II to come home and score. A fielding error at first on Novitske’s bunt brought Ritter home, and Sanchez scored on a double-play ball that made it a 3-1 Dock Spiders lead. Michael McBriar (Ashland University) picked up the win, throwing five innings, allowing three runs and recording four strikeouts.

Green Bay Booyah 11 Wisconsin Woodchucks 1
The Booyah had no problems on Monday, as they easily topped the Woodchucks. Green Bay set the tone early, scoring four runs in the top of the first to jump out to the lead. They would tack on runs in the following innings, including a three-run sixth inning. Alec Burns (West Virginia) was one of the offensive leaders for the Booyah, going 3-5 with a home run and three RBI. Brady West (North Greenville University) was 4-5, with a double and a solo home run while Andy Blake (Columbia) was 4-6, with a double and an RBI. Matt McDonald (Lamar University) finished 4-6 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. The offensive outburst made things east for the Booyah pitching staff, as they allowed a combined one run on six hits with 14 strikeouts, including eight from Harrison Cook (Kentucky), who threw five innings to pick up the win.

La Crosse Loggers 10 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 5
It was a tie game heading into the bottom of the eighth, where La Crosse put up five runs on one hit, which was a grand slam courtesy of JT Thompson (Texas State), who finished the game 3-5, with two home runs and six RBI. Mitch Lines (Boise State) got the start for the Loggers and threw four innings, allowing four runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Cam Robinson (Louisville) would throw two innings in relief, allowing a run on two hits while striking out four batters to pick up his third win of the season.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Waterloo Bucks 6 Rochester Honkers 0
Dusty Schramm (Utah) threw six and two-thirds of an inning for Waterloo on Monday, allowing no runs on five hits with seven strikeouts as the Bucks topped the Honkers 6-0, giving him his first win of the season. Xane Washington (Nicholls State) finished 1-3 at the plate for Waterloo, with a double and two runs batted in. Jordan Wuthrich (Texas State) finished 2-3, with a run scored while Usher was 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Washington’s double came in the bottom of the sixth, and allowed Drew Bianco (LSU) to score from first base, giving the Bucks their 6-0 lead.

St. Cloud Rox 15 Mankato MoonDogs 5
The MoonDogs entered the game riding a six-game win streak, but they allowed eight runs in the bottom of the eighth, handing them their first loss in over a week. Garrett Delano (Mercer University) was 3-3 at the plate for St. Cloud, with a double and two RBI. Jordan Barth (Augustana) was 3-5, with a double and three RBI while Andrew Pintar (BYU) was 2-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Barth brought in a pair of runs in the eighth, when he laced a double into center field, allowing Tyler Finke (Southeastern Louisiana) and Jack Kelly (Minnesota) to score. Landen Bourassa (University of San Francisco) was credited with the win after throwing four scoreless relief innings, striking out a pair of batters while walking two.

North Dakota Pod
Bismarck Larks 3 Mandan Flickertails 0
The Flickertails outhit the Larks on Monday, but the Larks managed to put three runs on the board, giving them the win. Jaxon Rosencranz (Augustana) got the scoring started for Bismarck with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first that allowed Brant Schaffitzel (Drury) to score. The Larks added a run in the second on an RBI groundout off the bat of Griffin Schneider (Wagner College) while Connor Henriques (Santa Clara University) singled to left in the eighth to score Myles Harris (Boise State). Joe Todd (Stephen F. Austin) got the win for the Larks after throwing five strong innings, scattering three hits and recording two strikeouts. Blake Gallagher (Minot State) picked up his fourth save of the season after throwing one scoreless inning.

Tuesday July 28 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies at Battle Creek Bombers 5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Traverse City Pit Spitters at Great Lakes Resorters 7:05 p.m. ET
St. Cloud Rox at Mankato MoonDogs 6:35 p.m.
Waterloo Bucks at Rochester Honkers 6:35 p.m.
Rockford Rivets at La Crosse Loggers 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6:35 p.m.
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at Green Bay Booyah 6:35 p.m.
Bismarck Larks at Bismarck Bull Moose 7:05 p.m.