Wednesday’s Northwoods League victories featured 11 games with four at home wins. The Bismarck Larks played their first game of the season and defeated the Rochester Honkers 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel with Seth Brewer (Northern State University) earning NWL Pitcher of the Night award. There are currently three teams that lead the league undefeated.
Battle Creek Battle Jacks 6, Kalamazoo Growlers 2
The Battle Jacks defeated the Growlers 6-2 with Patrick Mills (Indiana University Kokomo) starting the game off with a double to center and later scoring giving his team a one run lead in the first inning. Mills also singled in the seventh with 1 RBI putting his team ahead 3-1. Dillon Kark (Michigan State University) led the team with a total of 2 hits and 2 RBI with a double in the ninth scoring their final run of the game. Travis Cowan (Doane College) had the win in the circle pitching 5 innings and gave up only two hits.
Kokomo Jackrabbits 8, Kenosha Kingfish 6
The Jackrabbits had their first win at home with a final score of 8-6 over the Kenosha Kingfish. Ethan Hagen (Hope International University) had a single in the first inning scoring the second run of the game and hit another single in the fifth. Hagen finished the day going 2 for 3 with two walks and made an appearance on the field at first base, second base and right field. Matt Souza (Missouri University of Science and Technology) also had two singles going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.
Traverse City Pit Spitters 6, Rockford Rivets 2
The Traverse City Pit Spitters defeated the Rockford Rivets 6 to 2 with Ty Rybarczyk on the mound throwing 5 innings with 5 strikeouts with the help of Zach Kempe (Notre Dame) who also threw three innings with six strikeouts. The Rivets scored four runs in the third inning taking the lead. Ryan Hampe (University of Illinois) hit a triple in the seventh inning scoring one run. Hempe finished the day going 1 for 3 with 1 walk and 1 RBI.
Duluth Huskies 17, Minnesota Mud Puppies 9
The Huskies bounced back after their scoreless game last night with 16 hits and 17 runs against the Minnesota Mud Puppies. Up 6-2 in the third inning with the bases loaded Noah Marcelo (Arizona Western College) crushed a grand slam to left field putting the Huskies ahead by 9 runs. Marcelo had a total of 7 RBI on the night and received the NWL player of the night award. Kristian Campbell (Georgia Tech) contributed to the 17-9 win with one double, three singles and 3 RBI.
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 15 , Green Bay Rockers 9
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders took the win 15-7 over the Green Bay Rockers. Behind in the third inning the Spiders compiled a total of five hits and five runs to put them ahead. To capitalize on their lead the Spiders tacked on 6 more runs in the ninth to complete the game. Nick Mitchell (Western Illinois University), Monday’s Northwoods League Player of the Night went 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBI and 3 walks. Connor Manthey (Bradley University) had a total of 4 hits out of 6 at bats with 2 RBI.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 7, Madison Mallards 6
The Rafters rallied and took down the Mallards in a close 7-6 win. The Mallards started the game scoring 4 runs in the first inning but could not hold the lead as the Rafters tied the game up in the second inning and led with 3 runs in the sixth. Chris Conniff (St.John’s University) led the team with 2 hits 1 RBI and 1 walk. Xavier Rivas (University of Indianapolis) started on the mound throwing five innings with eight strikeouts.
St.Cloud Rox 16, La Crosse Loggers 6
The St.Cloud Rox defeated the La Crosse Loggers in a tremendous offensive effort 16-6. Josh Cowden (Brigham Young University) received the T-Mobile player of the game with a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning and later followed with a grand slam in the same inning. Charlie Condon (University of Georgia) also contributed to the lead by driving in two runs early in the game and now has a total of 7 RBI on the season.
Lakeshore Chinooks 5, Wausau Woodchucks 3
The Lakeshore Chinooks took the first win of the series against the Woodchucks defeating them 5 to 3. Hayden Birdsong (Eastern Illinois University) came into the game in the fourth inning and threw a total of four innings with eight strikeouts and allowed only one hit. Birdsong completed the night with the win on the mound. Josh Johnson (Kent State University) went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double in the third inning. Caden Kaiser (Ohio State University) had a total of two hits with a double in the sixth, tacking on another run for the Chinooks.
Waterloo Bucks 12, Mankato MoonDogs 3
The Waterloo Bucks had an offense spark in the sixth inning scoring 6 runs to later defeat the MoonDogs 12-3. Cameron Cromer (University of Northern Colorado) led his team with hits going 3 for 4 with two RBI and one walk. Alec Patino (Iowa Western Community College) hit a one run home run in the third inning and a double in the fifth. Kaleb Knox (Nebraska Wesleyan University) also had two hits with a double in the second inning and a single in the ninth.
Eau Claire Express 12, Willmar Stingers 10
The Eau Claire Express rallied to take the win over the Stingers 12-10. The Express bats started to light up in the fourth inning when Joshua Robinson (Alma College) hit a double to center field scoring two runs. Tanner Marsh (University of St. Thomas) was the spark to the sixth and seventh innings hitting two back to back doubles. Charlie Szykowny (University of Wisconsin- Stout) had his first hit of the game scoring the winning run in the ninth for the Express.
Bismarck Larks 2, Rochester Honkers 1
The Bismarck Lark took the win against the Rochester Honkers 2-1 in a pitchers duel. Seth Brewer (Northern State University) had the start on the mound for the Larks, throwing a total of five innings with nine strikeouts and allowing only one run to score. With Brewer’s stellar performance he earned the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night award. In the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs Reggie Williams (Colorado State University- Pueblo) scored the winning run with a single to center field.
Battle Creek @ Kalamazoo (11:05am)
Green Bay @ Fond du lac (11:35am)
Minnesota @ Duluth (12:05pm)
Madison @Wisconsin (6:05pm)
Kenosha @ Kokomo (6:35pm)
Rochester @ Bismarck (6:35)
Lakeshore @ Wausau (6:35pm)
Traverse City @ Rockford (6:35pm)
St.Cloud @ La Crosse (6:35pm)
Waterloo @ Mankato (6:35pm)
Eau Claire @ Willmar (7:05pm)