Published On: August 18th, 2020

The Kalamazoo Growlers picked up a sweep of the Battle Creek Bombers in a Tuesday doubleheader, improving to 33-19 on the season, giving them a nine-game lead in the Michigan South standings. The Rockford Rivets entered Tuesday on a much-needed win streak, which was snapped by the Loggers, 12-2.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Growlers 3 Battle Creek Bombers 2
Brett Barrera (Stanford) jacked a three-run home run in the first game of the day Tuesday to power the Growlers to a narrow win over the Bombers. He would finish 2-3, while Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) also had a pair of hits for Kalamazoo. John Torroella (Brown University) got the win for the Growlers, throwing three and one-third of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season. Trey Nordmann (Howard College) threw one and two-thirds of an inning to pick up his seventh save of the season.

Kalamazoo Growlers 4 Battle Creek Bombers 0
The Bombers were held to just one hit in the nightcap, as they were swept by the Growlers. Aaron Cardoza (Davenport University) was 1-3, with a pair of runs batted in for Kalamzoo while Miko Rodriguez (USC) and Cooper Doughman (Chattahoochee Valley CC) both had one RBI a piece. Ben Thomas (Grand Valley State) got the start for the Growlers and threw two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and recording three strikeouts to earn his third win of the season. Cody Gabriel (University of Rio Grande) followed with two scoreless innings, striking out four batters before Kyle Coates (Washington University in St. Louis) struck out the side in the fifth to lock down the win.

Traverse City Pit Spitters 6 Great Lakes Resorters 1
The Pit Spitters wasted no time on Tuesday, scoring five runs in the top of the first to race to a 6-1 win over the Resorters. Kyle Van Liere (Kellogg CC) was 1-4 for the Pit Spitters, with two runs batted in. Traverse City only managed five hits as a team, with no extra base hits. They did get a standout pitching performance from Pat Hohlfeld (Salisbury University), who threw six scoreless innings, allowing a hit and recording seven strikeouts to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
La Crosse Loggers 12 Rockford Rivets 2
The Loggers had a big night offensively to end the Rivets’ win streak on Tuesday night. Braiden Ward (Washington) was 3-6 for La Crosse, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Ben Snapp (Eastern Illinois), Zach Braun (Viterbo) and Luke Seidel (UW-Milwaukee) all went 3-5, with Braun driving in a pair of runs while also scoring a pair. Erik Demchuk (University of Antelope Valley) threw six strong innings for the Loggers, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts to improve to 1-0 on the season. Al Pesto (Southeastern University) finished the game, throwing two scoreless innings, with a pair of strikeouts.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 3 Green Bay Booyah 1
The Booyah didn’t record a hit until the top of the ninth, as they fell to the Dock Spiders. Aaron Anderson (Liberty) was one of three Fond du Lac batters to record multiple hits. Kollyn All (Butler) was 2-4 with a pair of doubles while Bryan Javier (Campblesville University) was 2-4 with one RBI and a run scored. The Dock Spiders used six pitchers, with Teddy Eyink (Purdue University Fort Wayne) throwing one and one-third of an inning, allowing no hits and striking out a batter to pick up the win. Theo Denlinger (Bradley University) threw one inning to pick up the save.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 3 Wisconsin Woodchucks 2
The Rafters took the lead in the ninth before holding off a rally from the Woodchucks to narrowly pick up the win. Jacob Hinderleider (Davidson) went 1-3 for the Rafters, with two runs batted in. Jason DiCochea (Santa Clara University) had a pair of hits, while Hank Zeisler (Chapman University) was 1-4, with his one hit being a double. Jimmy Borzone (Dixie State) threw three scoreless relief innings, striking out three batters to pick up the win. Brayden Bonner (Dixie State) threw one inning, allowing two runs on three hits to record his seventh save of the season.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
St. Cloud Rox 9 Rochester Honkers 3
The Rox did most of their damage in the fifth, scoring seven runs to jump out to a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on Tuesday night. Ben Norman (Iowa) was 2-3, with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored for the Rox, being one of five St. Cloud batters to have multiple hits. Kodie Kolden (Washington State) went 2-4, with a run scored and two runs batted in while Andrew Pintar (BYU), Sam Ireland (Minnesota) and Jack Winkler (University of San Francisco) also had two hits. Josh Gainer (LIU-Brooklyn) threw two relief innings, allowing a run on a hit with four strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season. Brandon White (Washington State) threw three scoreless innings, striking out five batters to record his first save of the season.

Willmar Stingers 17 Mankato MoonDogs 2
The Stingers pounded out 20 hits on Tuesday to easily beat the MoonDogs at Franklin Rogers Park. Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) was 4-6 for Willmar, with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) went 3-5, with a double, four runs batted in and three runs scored while Griffin Cheney (Georgia State) and Cesar Lopez (Cal State Poly, Ponoma) both drove in a pair of runs, recording two hits each. Jack Zigan (Minnesota State University Mankato) threw eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven MoonDogs to improve to 2-2 on the season. Ben Borrman (Minnesota State University Mankato) threw one clean inning to end the game.

North Dakota Pod
Bismarck Larks 10 Mandan Flickertails 1
It was a tough night for the Mandan offense, as they only scored one run on three hits as they fell to the Bismarck Larks, who had 10 runs on seven hits. Brayden Koenig (Bismarck State College) went 2-4 for Bismarck, with two runs batted in. Jayce Bailey (Boise State) went 2-3, with a double and two runs scored while Braxton Hewitt (Jamestown) drew three walks, scoring every time he reached base. Reed Butz (Valley City State) threw seven innings for the Larks, allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. Nick Henrichs (Buena Vista University) threw the final two innings, allowing a hit and striking out one batter to close out the game.

Wednesday, August 19 schedule (All times Central unless noted)
Battle Creek Bombers 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
Kenosha Kingfish at K-Town Bobbers 6:05 p.m.
St. Cloud Rox at Rochester Honkers 6:35 p.m.
Rockford Rivets at Green Bay Booyah 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Woodchucks at La Crosse Loggers 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6:35 p.m.
Mandan Flickertails at Bismarck Bull Moose 7:05 p.m.
Mankato MoonDogs at Willmar Stingers 7:05 p.m.

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