Published On: August 7th, 2020

On a night where there was no shortage of outstanding pitching performances, there were two games where the offense took over. The La Crosse Loggers beat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 15-3, while the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders pitched a shutout against the Rockford Rivets, while their offense put up 13 runs.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Growlers 3 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 2
The Growlers opened up a Friday night doubleheader with a walk-off win, thanks to a sixth-inning single from Luke Stephenson (Xavier) that allowed Ben Chosid (Kalamazoo College) to score the game-winning run. Carson Greene (Stanford) was the offensive leader for the Growlers, going 2-2 with a home run and two RBI. Nate Wargolet (Grand Valley State) got the start for the Growlers and threw four innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits while recording two strikeouts. Trey Nordmann (Howard College) picked up the win after throwing a scoreless sixth inning, with two strikeouts.

Kalamazoo Growlers 1 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 1
Neither team was able to break through in the second game, as it ended in a tie after six innings. Both teams had outstanding pitching performances, as the Growlers had five solid innings from Grant Jebbia (Davenport University), who allowed a run on two hits and struck out four batters before giving way to Andre Orselli (Ball State), who threw one perfect inning. On the other side, the Mac Daddies sent Jack Huisman (Western Michigan) to the mound, and he gave them four innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out four batters. Ben Grable (Northwestern) came on in relief and threw two shutout innings, walking two batters and recording four strikeouts of his own.

Traverse City Pit Spitters 1 Great Lakes Resorters 0
Chris Monroe (University of Illinois Springfield) singled to right in the bottom of the eighth, allowing Gray Betts (Liberty University) to score the only run of the game as the Pit Spitters improved to 16-3 on the season, extending their lead in the standings to 6.5 games over the Northern Michigan Dune Bears. Traverse City only managed four hits on the game, while the Pit Spitters pitching staff held the Resorters to three. Chad Patrick (Purdue Northwest) got the start for Traverse City and threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight batters. Evan Hiatt (San Jacinto JC) had a scoreless relief inning to pick up his first win of the season, while Beau Keathley (Cincinnati) had a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Kenosha Series
K-Town Bobbers 2 Kenosha Kingfish 1
Brett Harris (Gonzaga) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth to break the logjam for the Bobbers, improving to 7-8 in the 2020 Kenosha Series. Cam Cratic (Madison College) led the Bobbers offense, going 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Kohl Simas (SDSU) threw four innings, allowing a run on one hit while striking out six batters. Riley Wikel (Milwaukee School of Engineering) was credited with the win after throwing a perfect eighth inning, while Anthony DeFrancesco (Arizona Christian) had a scoreless ninth to pick up the save.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Mankato MoonDogs 5 Waterloo Bucks 2
The MoonDogs put up four runs in the bottom of the eighth to come storming back, topping the Bucks on Friday night at Franklin Rogers Park. Adam LaRock (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) got the scoring started when he hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Zach Kokoska (Kansas State) to score, tying the game at two. After Max Wright (Indiana State) was hit by a pitch, Danny Borgstron (University of Evansville) drew a five-pitch walk to force in Michael Curialle (UCLA), giving Mankato the lead. They extended it when Evan Berkey (Cal State Bakersfield) doubled into left field, scoring the final two runs of the night. The Bucks got a baserunner in the ninth, but Dylan Phillips (Kansas State) was able to escape, earning himself his first win of the season. Deylen Miley (Bellarmine) was the starter for Mankato, and threw six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out six batters.

St. Cloud Rox 2 Rochester Honkers 0
It was a scoreless game in the top of the eighth when Luke Roskam (Nebraska) dropped down a bunt that allowed Nick Marinconz (Cal Poly) to score what would end up being the game-winning run. The Rox added an insurance run in the ninth when Jack Kelly (Minnesota) scored on a wild pitch. There was no shortage of dominating pitching, led by St. Cloud’s Luke Albright (Kent State), who threw five and one-third of an inning, allowing no hits or runs and striking out 10 batters. Justin Kelly (Utah) threw one scoreless relief inning to earn the win, while Blake Stelzer (Concordia University-St. Paul) had a scoreless inning to pick up his sixth save of the season. For the Honkers, MacGregor Hines (Dallas Baptist) got the start and threw five innings, scattering two hits and striking out three batters.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
La Crosse Loggers 15 Wisconsin Woodchucks 3
The Loggers scored six runs in the top of the second and didn’t look back, as they raced out to a 15-3 win over the Woodchucks. Preston Vitz (Washington) was 3-5 for the Loggers, with a double and two RBI. Kyson Donahue (Arizona)had the big offensive output, going 3-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI in addition to scoring two runs. Andrew Meggs (Creighton) finished 2-4 with a double and three runs batted in. Lucas Braun (University of San Diego) got the start for La Crosse and threw six innings, allowing three runs on two hits with five strikeouts to pick up the win, his second of the season. Erik Demchuk (University of Antelope Valley) threw a scoreless seventh before Steve Bowley (Shepherd University) threw two scoreless innings to lock down the win.

Green Bay Booyah 4 Rockford Rivets 0
Garrett Martin (Marian University) threw five scoreless innings, with five strikeouts to help the Booyah to the victory on Friday night. Cam Bailey (Middle Georgia State) threw four innings of relief ball, allowing two hits and striking out six batters to earn his second save of the season. Nadie Lewis (Princeton) was 2-5 for Green Bay, with a home run while Nick Kreutzer (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) also went deep, going 2-5 with his home run and two runs batted in. Stephen Hrustich (Northwestern) was 2-4 for the Booyah while Cameron Tilly (Akron) was 1-2 with a walk and an RBI. Jonathan Zacharias (Cornell) got the start for the Rivets and threw five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts as he was tagged with the loss. Barrett Bell (William Jewell) had a scoreless relief inning for Rockford, allowing a hit and a walk while also recording a strikeout.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 13 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 0
It was all fun and games for the Dock Spiders on Friday, as they scored seven runs in the fifth to easily beat the Rafters, who only managed three hits on the night, compared to 12 for Fond du Lac. AJ Miller (Oregon) was 3-4 for the Dock Spiders, with two doubles, a triple and three RBI in addition to scoring three runs of his own. Jack Alexander (Austin Peay)was 2-5, with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. If the batting was good for the Dock Spiders, the pitching was phenomenal, led by Drew Irvine (Iowa), who threw six hitless innings with 10 strikeouts to improve to 4-0 on the season. Trace Hoffman (Iowa) threw the final three innings, allowing three hits but picking up four strikeouts of his own.

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