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Growlers rally in game two to sweep Bombers; Rafters muscle their way to win

The Kalamazoo Growlers had to put together a rally in the fifth to sweep a doubleheader from the Bombers, but they were able to get the job done. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters jacked three home runs in their win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks, while the Mankato MoonDogs jumped on the St. Cloud Rox early, then were able to hold off a late rally to claim the 6-4 win.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Growlers 4 Battle Creek Bombers 1
The Growlers scored three runs in the top of the fifth to pull away from the Bombers in the first game of a doubleheader. Brett Barrera (Stanford) was 1-3, with two RBI to lead the Kalamazoo offense. Nate Wargolet (Grand Valley State) threw four strong innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out four batters to pick up the win. Andre Orselli (Ball State) threw one perfect inning with two strikeouts to earn his third save of the season.

Kalamazoo Growlers 4 Battle Creek Bombers 3
The Growlers snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 win and sweep the Bombers. Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) had an RBI in the fifth, thanks to a groundout to third base that allowed Luke Stephenson (Xavier) to scamper home from third. A second run came in when Carson Greene (Stanford) reached base on an error, while the winning run scored when Trent Quartermaine (Ball State) singled, allowing Ben Chosid (Kalamazoo College) to score an unearned run. Ben Thomas (Grand Valley State) picked up the win, throwing a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

Traverse City Pit Spitters 8 Great Lakes Resorters 5
The Pit Spitters didn’t have a singularly dominant inning on Tuesday, but they strung together a bunch of one and two-run innings to claim an 8-5 win over the Resorters. Evan Maday (Hope College) was 2-4 for the Pit Spitters, with two RBI, while Tito Flores (Michigan) was 1-3 with a double and two RBI. As a team, Traverse City pounded out nine hits, with one double, a home run and seven singles. They also drew 15 walks, including five that were drawn by Mario Camilletti (Central Michigan). Cade Heil (University of North Georgia) claimed the win after throwing four relief innings, allowing a run on three hits with one strikeout.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Mankato MoonDogs 6 St. Cloud Rox 4
The MoonDogs scored three runs in the fourth inning to get back in the win column Tuesday night. Danny Borgstrom (University of Evansville) was 2-4 at the plate, with a home run and three runs batted in. Zach Kokoska (Kansas State) was 3-4 while Zach Giles (Central Michigan) was 3-5 for Mankato. Shane Barringer (Bellarmine) was dominant on the mound, throwing seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits with eight strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. After the Rox scored three in the eighth, Andre Granillo (California-Riverside) threw a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Waterloo Bucks 8 Rochester Honkers 7
The Bucks were able to hold off a late Rochester rally to pick up the road win on Tuesday, thanks in part to Peyton Williams (Iowa), who was 2-4 at the plate, with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Cameron Thompson (Kansas State) had a similar line, going 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Xane Washington (Nicholls State_ went 2-4 with a pair of doubles. Simon Graf (The Citadel) threw two scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the season while Zach Button (Cal Poly) threw one and one-third of an inning, allowing no runs or hits to earn the save.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
La Crosse Loggers 10 Rockford Rivets 6
Ronald Sweeny (Minnesota) had a monster night at the plate, going 3-4 with a pair of home runs to lift the Loggers to a 10-6 win over the Rivets. Sweeny led the Loggers offense, driving in four runs while scoring three of his own. Kobe Kato (Arizona) was 1-4, with three RBI and a home run of his own. Eli Campbell (Bradley University) threw one and two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs or hits with one strikeout to pick up the win. Jared Freilich (Penn State) threw one and one-third of an inning with four strikeouts to earn his fourth save of the season, and set the new La Crosse all-time saves record.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 8 Wisconsin Woodchucks 3
The Rafters jacked three home runs on Tuesday as they slipped past the Woodchucks. Christian Sepulveda (UT-Rio Grande Valley) led the way for Wisconsin Rapids, going 4-4 with a home run and three RBI. Billy Cook (Pepperdine) was 1-2, with a home run and a pair of RBI while Hank Zeisler (Chapman University) finished 1-4, with the one hit being a solo home run. Travis Adams (Sacramento State) got the start for the Rafters and threw five strong innings, allowing no runs on four hits while recording four strikeouts to pick up the win. Brayden Bonner (Dixie State) picked up his fourth save of the season after throwing one and two-thirds of an inning, with a pair of strikeouts.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 8 Green Bay Booyah 4
After falling behind early, the Fond du Lac offense came alive starting in the fourth, as they rallied to top the Booyah on Tuesday night. Victor Scott II (West Virginia) was 2-5 for the Dock Spiders, with a double, a home run and two RBI while Andrew Bullock (Charleston Southern) was 1-3 with three runs batted in. Alex Vera (Illinois) picked up the win after throwing three scoreless innings, racking up three strikeouts.

North Dakota Pod
Bismarck Larks 4 Bismarck Bull Moose 2
The Larks scored two in the top of the sixth to jump into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, as they beat the Bismarck Bull Moose on Tuesday at Bismarck Municipal Park. Wyatt Ulrich (University of Richmond) was 3-5 for the Larks with a run scored, while Christian Padilla (Boise State) finished 1-4 with a pair of RBI. Connor Henriques (Santa Clara University) had the best line, going 3-5 at the plate, with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Torin Montgomery (Boise State) was 2-4 for the Bull Moose, with one of his hits being a monster home run in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game. Yassir Kahool (Toledo) got the win for the Larks after throwing six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts.

Wednesday, July 29 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Kalamazoo Growlers at Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Traverse City Pit Spitters at Great Lakes Resorters 7:05 p.m. ET
Willmar Stingers at Mankato MoonDogs 6:35 p.m.
Rockford Rivets at La Crosse Loggers 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Wisconsin Woodchucks 6:35 p.m.
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at Green Bay Booyah 6:35 p.m.
Bismarck Larks at Mandan Flickertails 7:05 p.m.
Rochester Honkers at St. Cloud Rox 7:05 p.m.