Generally when a team throws a no-hitter, they win the game. That wasn’t the case in Kalamazoo on Monday, as the Growlers no-hit the Kalamazoo Mac Daddies, but were done in by a disastrous first inning that saw the Mac Daddies score five runs on no hits and three errors. In Bismarck, the Bull Moose offense showed up, as they routed the Mandan Flickertails.
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 5 Kalamazoo Growlers 4
The Growlers threw a no-hitter on Monday night, but couldn’t dig themselves out of an early 5-2 hole, as they accomplished the rare feat of throwing a no-hitter and losing. All the Mac Daddies runs came in the first, as the first four batters all reached base, thanks to a pair of walks, a hit batter and an error by the shortstop that allowed a run to score. In total, the Growlers committed three errors in the inning, while the Mac Daddies benefitted from a passed ball and a sacrifice fly as well.
St. Cloud Rox 9 Mankato MoonDogs 3
The St. Cloud offense wasted no time on Monday night, as they jumped on the Mankato pitching staff, putting up three runs in the first and two in the second to race out to an early 5-0 lead. They added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth, with Kodie Kolden (Washington State) picking up an RBI single while Ben Norman (Iowa) doubled to score a pair of runs. Kolden only had one hit on the night, but picked up three RBI, while Garett Delano (Mercer) was 0-2 with three walks and two runs batted in. Landon Bourassa (University of San Francisco) got the start for the Rox and threw five strong innings, allowing no runs or hits while recording four strikeouts to earn his third win of the season.
Willmar Stingers 5 Waterloo Bucks 1
Tyler Wilber (SE Missouri State) was 3-3 with a double and two RBI on Monday as the Stingers scooted past the Bucks. Wilber was one of three Stingers to record multiple hits, and the only one to have multiple RBI. Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) was 2-4 for Willmar, with two runs scored, while Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI. John Bezdicek (SW Minnesota State) was absolutely dominant for Willmar, throwing seven and one-third of an inning, allowing a run on a hit and striking out an incredible 12 batters to earn his third win of the season.
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Bismarck Bull Moose/Mandan Flickertails
It was an offensive outburst for the Bull Moose on Monday, as they scored four runs in the third en route to a decisive win over the Mandan Flickertails at Bismarck Municipal Park. Quentin Evers (University of Mary) led the Bismarck offense, going 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Dane Nakatsuka (Irvine Valley College) was 1-4, with three RBI for the Bull Moose while Calen Schwabe (NDSU) and Ryan Curran (University of Montevallo) were both 2-3 with three runs scored. Paxton Miller (University of Mary) threw six innings for the Bull Moose, allowing two runs on five hits with an impressive 11 strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.
Tuesday, August 11 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Kalamazoo Mac Daddies at Kalamazoo Growlers 5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Traverse City Pit Spitters at Great Lakes Resorters 7:05 p.m. ET
Wisconsin Woodchucks at Rockford Rivets 6:05 p.m.
St. Cloud Rox at Mankato MoonDogs 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Green Bay Booyah 6:35 p.m.
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at La Crosse Loggers 6:35 p.m.
Bismarck Larks at Bismarck Bull Moose 7:05 p.m.
Waterloo Bucks at Willmar Stingers 7:05 p.m.