It was a full slate of games in the Northwoods League on Saturday, and the Kalamazoo Growlers emerged with three wins over the Battle Creek Bombers, while the Bismarck Larks swept a doubleheader from the Mandan Flickertails. The La Crosse Loggers had no problems against the Wisconsin Woodchucks, as they won 14-3.
North Dakota Pod
Bismarck Larks 5 Mandan Flickertails 3
The Larks scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the first game of their doubleheader Saturday. Wyatt Ulrich (Richmond) was 2-4 for the Larks offense, with two runs scored while Chase Adkison (Boise State) also went 2-4, scoring one run. Noah Fisher (Northern Kentucky) was 1-3, with the hit being the lone double for Bismarck. Jordan Chappell (Minot State) picked up the win after throwing two innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out six batters. Blake Gallagher (Minot State) picked up his Northwoods League-leading fifth save of the season after throwing two shutout innings, with three strikeouts.
Bismarck Larks 1 Mandan Flickertails 0
Wyatt Ulrich (Richmond) hit what appeared to be a routine RBI single in the bottom of the third, but unbeknownst to anyone in the stadium, it would end up being the only run scored, as the Larks held on to beat the Flickertails, securing their spot in first place in the North Dakota Pod standings. Ulrich was one of three Larks to record hits, as Brant Schaffitzel (Drury) and Tyler Traphagen (Ridgewater C.C.) also had singles. Seth Brewer (Northern State) had a phenomenal outing, throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out five batters to earn his fourth win of the season. Wes Harper (Boise State) threw two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
Kalamazoo Growlers 1 Battle Creek Bombers 0
A Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) single in the bottom of the third was the only offense in the first of three games Saturday in Kalamazoo. It came with one out and a runner on third. Dunn hit an infield single to the third baseman, allowing Max Huntley (Western Michigan) to score the unearned run. Dunn, Ryan Marra (Brown University), Huntley and Ben Van Cleve (Mississippi) were the only four Growlers to record hits in the game. Adam Wheaton (Trine University) went the distance on the mound, allowing just two hits and no runs with three strikeouts.
Kalamazoo Growlers 5 Battle Creek Bombers 0
The Growlers wasted no time in the second game, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first to jump out to an early lead. Luke Stephenson (Xavier) was responsible for all four of the runs, as he blasted a two-out grand slam. Will Morrison (Western Michigan) picked up an RBI in the second when he drew a bases-loaded walk, forcing Garrett Schultz (Xavier) to score from third. Eamon Horwedel (Ohio University) was the lone pitcher for Kalamazoo, throwing the full five innings, allowing no runs on three hits with one strikeout.
Kalamazoo Growlers 11 Battle Creek Bombers 4
The Growlers fell behind early in the nightcap, but the offense came alive in the third and fourth innings, where they scored five runs in each inning to explode to an 11-4 win, sweeping the tripleheader. It was a team effort for the Growlers, as five of the nine batters had hits, with nobody recording multiple hits. Stephenson was 1-3, with a double and two RBI. John Torroella (Brown University) threw one and two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run on two hits to pick up the win. Will Mullen (Western Michigan) threw two innings, allowing a run on two hits with five strikeouts to earn his second save of the season.
Great Lakes Resorters 6 Traverse City Pit Spitters 0
The Resorters turned the heat up in the ninth, exploding for four runs to take a 6-0 win over the Pit Spitters. The final blow came in the ninth, when Kyle Riesselmann (Georgia State) hit a triple into right field, scoring Noah Marcoux (Davenport University). Riesselmann would finish the game 2-4, with a run scored in addition to the RBI triple. James Rogers (Davenport University) got the start for the Resorters and threw six scoreless innings, allowing a hit and six walks with four strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season. Sam Replogle (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) threw two scoreless innings, striking out three batters before Grant Smitz (Aquinas College) threw a perfect ninth inning to nail down the win.
St. Cloud Rox 2 Willmar Stingers 0
The Rox were outhit by the Stingers on Saturday, but St. Cloud was able to scratch across a pair of runs to take the 2-0 win. Nick Marinconz (Cal Poly) had two of the four hits for the Rox, and also scored a run. Justin Kelly (University of Utah) got the start for St. Cloud and threw four shutout innings, allowing no runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Will Anderson (Minnesota) came on and threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win while Jesse Barron (San Francisco) had three perfect innings to earn his first save of the season.
Waterloo Bucks 7 Mankato MoonDogs 4
The Bucks scored six runs in the bottom of the second to cruise to a 7-4 win over Mankato on Saturday. Peyton Williams (Iowa) PLAYER OF THE NIGHT was 2-4 for Waterloo, with a home run and three RBI. Dalton Shuffield (Texas State) was 4-4, with all four hits being singles. Evan Berkey (Cal State Bakersfield) was 2-5 for Mankato, with a double and two RBI. Duncan Davitt (Iowa) got the start for the Bucks, and threw five and two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out four batters.
La Crosse Loggers 14 Wisconsin Woodchucks 3
The La Crosse offense was on fire Saturday, and it showed in the third, where they put up five runs en route to a blowout win over the Woodchucks. Preston Viltz (Washington) led the Loggers, going 2-3, with three RBI and two runs scored while Ronald Sweeny (Minnesota) was also 2-4, with three RBI and a run scored. Joel Vaske (Kirkwood C.C.) was 1-1, coming off the bench to hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Lucas Braun (San Diego) picked up the win after delivering a six-inning performance, allowing a run on two hits while striking out eight batters.
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 11 Green Bay Booyah 4
The Dock Spiders easily topped the Booyah on Saturday thanks in part to Aaron Anderson (Liberty), who was 3-5, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Brayden Frazier (Iowa) also had a great night, going 3-4 at the plate, with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Tim Elko (Mississippi) was 2-5 with a pair of RBI while Sam Novitske (Oregon) was 1-5 with two runs batted in. Ryan Bergert (West Virginia) threw five innings for the Dock Spiders, allowing two runs on a hit with eight strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season.
K-Town Bobbers 11 Kenosha Kingfish 7
It was an offensive explosion on both sides, but the Bobbers were able to get the better of the Kingfish, as they won 11-7. The Bobbers’ scoring started in the fourth, when they put up five runs on five hits, including RBI singles from Drake Baldwin (Missouri State) and Cam Cratic (Madison College). Baldwin ended up leading the Bobbers offense, going 2-5, with four runs batted in. Thomas Rudinsky (Montana State-Billings) was 1-5, with a three-run home run while Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) was 3-5 with two runs scored. Kevin Napoleon (Miami University Ohio) threw three innings, allowing a run on two hits with five strikeouts to earn the win.
Saturday, August 2 Schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Bismarck Bull Moose at Mandan Flickertails 12:35 p.m.
Willmar Stingers at Rochester Honkers 1:05 p.m.
Green Bay Booyah at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 1:05 p.m.
K-Town Bobbers at Kenosha Kingfish 1:05 p.m.
Kalamazoo Growlers at Battle Creek Bombers 2:30 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Waterloo Bucks at St. Cloud Rox 4:05 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at La Crosse Loggers 5:05 p.m.