Pit Spitters and Woodchucks record walk-off wins Thursday
On a night where there were 10 games in the Northwoods League, there was no shortage of excitement. The Great Lakes Resorters mounted a rally in the ninth to force extra innings against the Pit Spitters, who would pick up an 11th inning walk-off, while the Woodchucks only needed nine innings against the Loggers, but still required a walk-off to bring home a win.
K-Town Bobbers 6 Kenosha Kingfish 0
The Bobbers jumped in the Kingfish early, scoring six runs in the first two innings to cruise to a 6-0 win in the first of two games on Thursday. Brett Harris (Gonzaga) led the Bobbers offense, going 2-5, with a triple and two RBI along with two runs scored. Bryce Konitzer (Oakland University) was straight up dominant on the mound, throwing seven innings, allowing no runs in five hits while striking out 10 batters.
Kenosha Kingfish 6 K-Town Bobbers 1
The Kingfish took the second game thanks in part to George Rosales (Farleigh Dickinson), who was 2-3 at the plate with a home run and three RBI. Kai Murphy (Oregon State) was 2-4, with two runs scored. Mike Edwards (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) got the start for the Kingfish and three five and two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run in five hits with five strikeouts. Jacob DeLabio (Carthage College) threw one and one-third of an inning to close out the game.
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 5 Battle Creek Bombers 0
The Mac Daddies put up five runs in the top of the third to take the first of two games against the Bombers on Thursday. The Mac Daddies pounded out eight hits, with Kyle Ashworth (Cal Poly) going 2-3 with a run scored. Anthony Calarco (Northwestern) was the only other Mac Daddies batter to record multiple hits, going 2-3 with an RBI. Andrew Taylor (Central Michigan) threw a complete game, allowing just two hits while striking out four batters to earn his second win of the season.
Battle Creek Bombers 4 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 1
The Bombers jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back, as they beat the Mac Daddies to salvage a doubleheader split. Seth Tucker (Oakland University) was the lone Bombers batter to record multiple hits, going 2-2 with a run scored. Justin VanDeBrake (Washington State) was 1-1, with an RBI double and a run scored. Christian Grigsby (Lamar University) went the distance, allowing a run in three hits with five strikeouts to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Traverse City Pit Spitters 7 Great Lakes Resorters 6 (11 innings)
The Pit Spitters recorded a walk-off win on Thursday night thanks to an 11th inning single from Jake Arnold (North Georgia) that allowed Tito Flores (Michigan) to score, breaking the logjam. It looked like the Pit Spitters would be able to win in regulation, as they entered the top of the ninth holding a 6-3 lead. However, the Resorters had other ideas, as they scored three runs on four hits, including a single from Kyle Riesselmann (Georgia State) that scored Christian Garcia (Southeastern Louisiana), making it a tie and setting up extra innings. Kyle Jones (Toledo) recorded his fourth win of the season for Traverse City after throwing a perfect inning, recording a pair of strikeouts in the top of the 11th.
Rochester Honkers 10 St. Cloud Rox 8
The Rox nearly pulled off a rally, but the Honkers bullpen was able to slam the door shut to secure a 10-8 victory on Thursday. Kyle Huckstorf (Iowa Western CC) was 4-4 for Rochester, with a double, a home run and three RBI in addition to three runs scored. Robert Moore (Arkansas) finished the game 2-3, with a home run and three RBI of his own. Charles Harrison (UCLA) got the win after throwing five innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Stone Churby (Sacramento State) threw one and two-thirds innings, allowing a hit and recording four strikeouts to pick up the save.
Waterloo Bucks 8 Mankato MoonDogs 4
Charley Hesse (North Dakota State) was 3-3 for the Bucks on Thursday night as they were able to hold off a late MoonDogs rally. It was a 6-2 game entering the bottom of the eighth, where the MoonDogs were able to push two runs across to get within a pair. Christian McGowan (Eastern State College) was able to wiggle his way out of the jam, then after Waterloo scored a pair of their own in the top of the ninth was able to throw a scoreless ninth to lock down the game. Blake Corsentino (Santa Barbara City College) was credited with the win after throwing six innings, allowing two runs on six hits for the Bucks.
Wisconsin Woodchucks 6 La Crosse Loggers 5
Caleb Denny (Oral Roberts) hit a bases loaded walk-off fielder’s choice to give the Woodchucks a thrilling 6-5 win over the Loggers Thursday night. Denny ended up 2-5 at the plate, with a double and a pair of RBI. Alejandro Macario (Nova Southeastern) was 2-3, with a double, a run scored and two RBI for the Woodchucks. Adrian smells (Hillsborough CC) was 3-4, with two runs scored. Bobby Vath (New York Institute of Technology) got the start for the Woodchucks and threw six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits while recording five strikeouts. Emmanuel Corporal (La Salle University) got the win after throwing one inning, allowing a run on one hit and striking out two batters.
Green Bay Booyah 3 Rockford Rivets 2
The Booyah needed to hold off a furious eighth-inning charge from the RIvets, but Eric Torres (Kansas State) was able to do the job, throwing one and two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs on three hits to earn his first save of the season. Logan Lee (Northwood University) got the start on the mound and threw six innings of shutout ball, scattering five hits and recording eight strikeouts to earn his second win. Noah Granet (Princeton) was 2-4 at the plate for Green Bay, with a double and a run scored. As a team, the Booyah only managed six hits, compared to 11 for the Rivets, who had three players record multiple hits, led by Jake Kiekamp (Judson University) who was 2-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 0
Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) threw six shutout innings for the Rafters as they topped the Dock Spiders on Thursday night. McElvain allowed three hits and struck out seven batters on the night to pick up his third win of the season. The Rafters offense posted 10 hits on the night, with Richie Schiekofer (Rutgers), Jason DiChoea (Santa Clara University) and Cole Bartels (Penn State) all picking up two hits. Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) was 1-3, but did pick up an RBI.