Published On: August 16th, 2020

There was no shortage of offense on Sunday, as the Rockford Rivets topped the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 16-15 in a game that featured a final score that is more likely to happen at a football game. That wasn’t the only high-scoring game, as the Waterloo Bucks put up 10 runs on the Rochester Honkers and the St. Cloud Rox beat the Mankato MoonDogs 9-1.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Waterloo Bucks 10 Rochester Honkers 1
The Bucks poured on the offense late to race past the Honkers on Sunday afternoon. Peyton Williams (Iowa) was 2-2 for the Bucks, with three RBI and two runs scored. Jalen Smith (UC Davis) was 1-4, with a home run and two RBI while Ryan Guardino (Wofford) was also 1-4, with a home run and two runs batted in. Nolan Meridith (UC Davis) got the start for the Bucks, allowing a run on three hits with five strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season. Jake Hilmer (Upper Iowa), Alex Schlosser (Swarthmore College) and Zach Button (Cal Poly) all threw a scoreless inning to solidify the Waterloo win.

St. Cloud Rox 9 Mankato MoonDogs 1
The Rox scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to open up a large lead, which turned into a big victory on Sunday. Kodie Kolden (Washington State) was 3-3 to lead the St. Cloud offense, with two RBI and two runs scored. Jack Winkler (University of San Francisco) was 2-4, with two runs batted in while Jordan Barth (Augustana) had three hits, with an RBI and a run scored. Zane Mills (Washington State) threw eight strong innings for the Rox, allowing two hits and recording 10 strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. Josh Gainer (LIU-Brooklyn) threw the ninth, allowing a run on no hits to lock things down.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
Wisconsin Woodchucks 5 Green Bay Booyah 1
The Booyah got the scoring started in the top of the fourth, but the Woodchucks responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, followed by three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull away. Nick Romano (Central Florida) was 2-3 for the Woodchucks, with a double and an RBI. Alejandro Macario (Nova Southeastern) was 1-3, with two RBI and a run scored while Adrian Mella (Hillsborough CC) and D’vante Glenn (Coe College) Both recorded RBI. Brett Wicklund (Illinois State) went the distance for the Woodchucks on the mound, allowing one run on six hits with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Rockford Rivets 16 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 15
The Rivets entered Sunday’s game needing a win, and they picked one up in a offensive shootout against the Dock Spiders. There was no shortage of standout performers, but the Rivets were led by Sam Beers (Concordia University of Wisconsin), who was 2-4, with a pair of doubles and five runs batted in. Johannes Haakenson (Concordia University of Wisconsin) was 2-4, with a double, three runs batted in and three runs scored. Bryan Sturdevant (UW-Whitewater) and Bradley Vondruska (Milwaukee Area Tech) both had two RBI for the Rivets. Marcon Sanchez (Texas Wesleyan) was 3-6 for the Dock Spiders, with a home run and four RBI while Aaron Anderson (Liberty) and Andrew McKenna (Santa Barbra City College) both went 3-5 with three runs batted in.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 16 La Crosse Loggers 4
The Rafters struck early, scoring five in the top of the second to set the pace for what would turn out to be a blowout win over the Loggers. Andy Garriola (Old Dominion) was 3-5 for the Loggers, with a home run and five RBI. Jason DiCochea (Santa Clara University) was 2-3, with a run scored and four driven in while Hank Zeisler (Chapman University), Angelo D’Acunto (College of the Holy Cross) and AUstin Kryszczuk (UNLV) all had three hits for the Rafters, who as a team had 19 hits. Donovan Brandi (UW-Whitewater) picked up the win for Wisconsin Rapids, throwing three and one-third of an inning, allowing three hits and recording a pair of strikeouts. Gage Smart (Campbellsville University) threw three scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.

Kenosha Series
Kenosha Kingfish 10 K-Town Bobbers 5
The Kingfish picked up a 10-5 win over the Bobbers to clinch the 2020 Kenosha Series championship. Mitchell Buban (UW-Milwaukee) had a monster game for Kenosha, going 3-4 at the plate, with a double and three RBI in addition to scoring a pair of runs. George Rosales (Farleigh Dickinson) was 1-5, with two RBI and a run scored while Jack Thelen (UW-Milwaukee), Carson Holin (University of Missouri-St. Louis) and Evan Albrecht (Purdue) all picked up an RBI. Keith Kutzler (Carthage College) got the start for Kenosha, throwing four innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while recording three strikeouts. David Blackburn (Hendrix College) threw three innings, allowing a run on two hits to pick up his second win of the season, while Nick Meyer (Otterbein University) threw a scoreless ninth to secure the win.

Michigan Pod
Battle Creek Bombers 0 Kalamazoo Growlers 0
There was very little offense in the first game on Saturday, as the teams only managed four hits amongst them. The Growlers had three hits compared to one for the Bombers. While the offense might have been lacking, the pitching was on point, with Hayden Berg (Western Michigan) throwing five innings for the Growlers, allowing one hit and striking out nine batters. Burrell Jones (Michigan State) was just as dominant for Battle Creek, throwing five shutout innings of his own, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts.

Kalamazoo Growlers 1 Battle Creek Bombers 0
Jake Burley (Brown University) hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to push across the only run of the game for the Growlers, giving them a narrow win in the second game. Joseph Kalafut (Edgewood College) started the inning with a infield single, advancing to second when Cooper Doughman (Chattahoochee Valley CC) advanaced him using a sacrifice bunt, setting up Burley to hit his RBI single. Adam Wheaton (Trine University) turned in another great start, throwing all five innings, allowing three hits on four strikeouts to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Traverse City Pit Spitters 9 Great Lakes Resorters 7
The Pit Spitters and Resorters combined to score 11 runs in the sixth inning, but in the end it was Traverse City slipping past Great Lakes Sunday afternoon. Chris Monroe (University of Illinois Springfield) was 2-5 for Traverse City, with a double, a home run and two runs batted in. Tito Flores (Michigan) and Christian Faust (Grand Valley State) both drove in a pair of runs as well. Dalton O’Boyle (Davenport University) got the start for the Spitters, throwing two scoreless innings, recording five strikeouts. Mike Hohlfeld (Jefferson) came on in relief and threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit with four strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season. Zach Fruit (Eastern Michigan) threw three innings, allowing a run on two hits and striking our four batters to pick up the save.

Monday August 17 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Battle Creek Bombers at Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
La Crosse Loggers at Rockford Rivets 6:05 p.m.
Rochester Honkers at Waterloo Bucks 6:35 p.m.
Green Bay Booyah at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6:35 p.m.
Bismarck Bull Moose at Mandan Flickertails 7:05 p.m.
Mankato MoonDogs at St. Cloud Rox 7:05 p.m.

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