Lakeshore, Madison, Kenosha, and Eau Claire all got victories in Northwoods League play on Tuesday, an impressive feat for the Wisconsin-based teams.
Lakeshore 2, Battle Creek 1
The Lakeshore Chinooks got some great pitching and defeated the Battle Creek Bombers 2-1. Lakeshore got their only runs in the second inning from a wild pitch and a sac fly. Nate Odahl (Carthage) threw five scoreless, only allowing six hits and one walk while striking out two. For the Chinooks, starting pitcher Nate Odahl threw five shutout innings, but had to work out of jams his entire night. The Bombers stranded 10 runners in the five innings against Odahl, who had a couple of key strikeouts to end any rally for Battle Creek.
Madison 7, Kalamazoo 1
The Madison Mallards used a big eighth inning to get ahead and defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers 7-1. The Mallards swept the two-game set in Kalamazoo and earned their third win in a row. Once again, clutch hitting, solid defense, and stellar mound work kept Madison in the win column.Starting pitcher Dalton Wiggins (Marietta) retired the last sixteen men he faced, and yielded only two hits and one unearned run in eight innings of work.
Eau Claire 7, Thunder Bay 2
The Eau Claire Express garnered six runs right away in the opening inning as they went on to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 7-2. xpress starter, Josh Gaworski (Concordia-St. Paul), would throw five solid innings, giving up only 1 earned run on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. The right handed pitcher would earn the win.
Kenosha 11, Green Bay 6
The losing skid only got to three before the Kenosha Kingfish (4-3) got back their winning ways with an 11-6 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs (3-5).Kenosha starter Colton Johnson (Illinois State) had a strong performance on the mound in his second start with the team. Johnson went 4.0 innings allowing three runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and only three walks. Johnson picked up the win for his efforts, his first on the year.
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Here's a preview of this weekend's games around the Northwoods League:
Wisconsin (4-4) at Madison (5-3) - 6:05 p.m.
Standings: T-1st in South Division (3-way tie)
The Mallards return home to Warner Park for the first of a two game home and away series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Game time Wednesday night is 6:05 pm.
Green Bay (3-5) at Lakeshore (4-4) - 11:35 a.m.
Standings: 1 GB in South Division
Lakeshore will look to keep their three game winning streak alive against the Green Bay Bullfrogs . The Chinooks return home to Kapco Park with an early 11:35 am first pitch Wednesday.
Kalamazoo (4-4) at Kenosha (4-3) - 6:35 p.m.
Standings: 0.5 GB in South Division
The Kingfish finish their first road trip 2-3, bookending the trip with victories. Kenosha will have a quick series at home hosting the Kalamazoo Growlers starting Wednesday.
Bismarck (5-3) at Eau Claire (3-5) - 6:35 p.m.
Standings: 3 GB in North Division
The Express will before return home for a 6:35 pm first pitch on Wednesday, June 6th, against the Bismark Larks.
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