Growlers no-hit Mac Daddies to split doubleheader; Barringer throws eight strong for MoonDogs

The Kalamazoo Growlers got both a combined no-hitter and a walk-off double on Tuesday in the second game of their doubleheader with the Kalamazoo Mac Daddies to salvage a split after falling in game one. The Mankato MoonDogs picked up a win over the Willmar Stingers thanks to eight strong innings from Shane Barringer (Bellarmine University).

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4 La Crosse Loggers 3
The Rafters entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-2, but Billy Cook (Pepperdine) hit a double into right field to score Cole Bartels (Penn State) and Richie Schiekofer (Rutgers), giving the Rafters a walk-off win. Cook ended up going 1-4 at the plate, with three RBI. Ryan Walstad (Sacramento State) was 2-4 for Wisconsin Rapids. Travis Adams (Sacramento State) got the start and was dominant, throwing four innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters. Sam Hliboki (Vanderbilt) ended up with the win after throwing one and two-thirds of an inning, striking out three of the five batters he faced.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 8 Wisconsin Woodchucks 0
The Dock Spiders scored four runs in the top of the sixth to jump out to the lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish, as the Fond du Lac pitching staff held the Woodchucks scoreless, Jake Brooks (UCLA) got the start for the Dock Spiders and threw four innings, allowing three hits and striking out three batters. Trace Hoffman (Iowa) was credited with the win after thrwoing two nearly perfect innings, with a walk the only blemish, though he did strike out a pair of batters. McCrae Wiest (Tyler Junior College) might have had the best pitching night for Fond du Lac, throwing one and two-thirds of an inning, with a hit and four strikeouts. AJ Miller (Oregon) was 1-3 for the Dock Spiders offense, with a home run and three of the team’s six RBI.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 4 Kalamazoo Growlers 1
The Mac Daddies took advantage of a three-run third inning to beat the Growlers in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday evening. Four different Mac Daddies batters recorded hits, with three different Mac Daddies recording RBIs. Alex Ludwick (Baldwin Wallace) was 1-1, with an RBI and two walks, while Garrett Navarra (Central Michigan) was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Anthony Calarco (Northwestern) had the lone extra-base hit for the Mac Daddies, going 1-3 at the plate with a run scored. Easton Sisovsky (Kalamazoo College) got the start for the Mac Daddies and threw three innings, allowing a run on three hits while recording two strikeouts to earn the win. Ian Leatherman (Central Michigan) had two shutout innings, recording three strikeouts to earn his second save of the season.

Kalamazoo Growlers 2 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 1
The Growlers managed to salvage a split of the doubleheader thanks in part to a combined no-hitter and a sixth-inning walk-off double from Blake Dunn (Western Michigan). It was a scoreless game entering the sixth, where the Mac Daddies broke the deadlock with a single run in the top of the inning. In the bottom, Cade Stanton (Grand Valley State) started the inning on second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Ben Chosid (Kalamazoo College). After Ryan Marra (Brown University) was hit by a pitch and Will Morrison (Western Michigan) hit an infield single Dunn stepped up to the plate and ended things, ripping a double to right field to score two runs and give the Growlers a win on the day, John Torroella (Brown University) was the starting pitcher for the Growlers and threw five innings, striking out six batters. Trey Nordmann (Howard College) got the win after throwing a hitless inning, allowing a single run.

Traverse City Pit Spitters 4 Great Lakes Resorters 3
The Resorters scored three runs in the bottom of the second to jump out to an early lead, but the Pit Spitters slowly came back, culminating on a Chris Monroe (University of Illinois-Springfield) single that allowed Spencer Schwellenbach (Nebraska) to score what would turn out to be the game-winning run. Schwellenbach finished the night 3-3 at the plate, with a double and a run scored. Mario Camilletti (Central Michigan) was 2-5, with a triple and an RBI. Great Lakes was led by Cooper Peterson (Hillsdale College), who was 1-3, with a triple and two RBI. Kyle Jones (Toledo) earned the win for Traverse City, throwing two scoreless relief innings, striking out a pair of batters.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Waterloo Bucks 8 Rochester Honkers 1
The Bucks used a pair of four-run innings to race past the Honkers on Tuesday at Mayo Field, thanks in part to Peyton Williams (Iowa), who was 2-5 at the plate, with a run scored, a home run and four runs batted in. John Wuthrich (Texas State) also had a big night, going 2-3 with two runs scored, a home run and a pair of RBI. Gavin Lizik (Cal State Northridge) got the start for Waterloo and threw six innings, allowing a run on four hits with five strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season. Beau Balado (Nicholls State) threw two scoreless innings of relief ball, while Simon Graf (The Citadel) had one scoreless inning to close out the game.

Mankato MoonDogs 5 Willmar Stingers 2
The MoonDogs took advantage of a stellar pitching performance from Shane Barringer (Bellarmine University) on Tuesday to top the Stingers 5-2. Barringer got the start and spun a gem, lasting eight innings, allowing no runs on just three hits with seven strikeouts to earn win number three on the season. He got plenty of offensive help early, as Dylan Phillips (Kansas State) grounded out to third base in the bottom of the first, but in the process drove in a pair of runs to give Mankato an early 2-0 lead. They would go on to score a run in the second, third and fifth innings to take a 5-0 lead. They would hold that lead until the top of the ninth, when Chase Stanke (Minnesota) jacked a two-run home run, but Nolan Pender (Bellarmine) would recover to strikeout the next batter before walking Cesar Lopez (Cal Poly-Ponoma). He was able to get Jaxon Hallmark (Nebraska) to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Schedule for Wednesday August 5 (All times Central unless noted)
Rochester Honkers at Waterloo Bucks 12:05 p.m.
K-Town Bobbers at Kenosha Kingfish 4:05 p.m./6:05 p.m.
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
La Crosse Loggers at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6:35 p.m.
Mankato MoonDogs at Willmar Stingers 7:05 p.m.