Madison, Lakeshore, and Eau Claire all won Tuesday as the Northwoods League returned from its first rest day this season.
Madison 9, Rockford 4
The Madison Mallards (16-5) capitalized off of strong starting pitching and a steady offense to cruise to a 9-4 win over the Rockford Rivets (12-9) on Tuesday Night at the Duck Pond. The Mallards were led by starting pitcher Justin Watland, a San Jose State righty who worked efficiently through 6.0 innings. The Madison bats aided Watland in a big way, providing a total of nine runs on eleven hits, scoring in five different innings.
Lakeshore 9, Wisconsin Rapids 4
Kevin Tibor tied his season high by retiring 18 consecutive batters, leading the Chinooks to 9-4 win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
Tibor was fantastic over seven innings, only allowing two Rafters to reach base. After Steven Rivas led of the game with a single, Tibor settled in and shut down the Rafters offense until allowing a leadoff single in the seventh inning to Ty Duvall. The Chinooks right-hander struck out four and walked none.
Eau Claire 3, Waterloo 0
Strong pitching led the Eau Claire Express (7-14) to a victory over the Waterloo Bucks (7-13) Tuesday night at Carson Park.
Battle Creek 4, Kenosha 3 (12 Innings)
The Kenosha Kingfish (7-13) continued their road trip Tuesday at the Battle Creek Bombers (8-12) place, eventually losing 4-3 in 12 innings. After a league wide day off, Denson Hull (Creighton) took the mound for the Kingfish for the fifth time this season. Hull eventually got the no-decision after going 5.1 innings giving up only two earned runs on two hits. Hull also struck out two and only walked one. With the terrific day on the mound, Hull’s earned run average on the year remains at a team leading 2.85.
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Here's a preview of upcoming games around the Northwoods League:
Madison (16-5) at Rockford (12-9) - 6:35 p.m.
Standings: 1st in South Division (1 GA)
The Mallards head to Rockford tonight to finish their two-game set. The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Wednesday, June 27 for a game against the Rivets at 12:05 PM.
Lakeshore (9-12) at Wisconsin Rapids (11-9) - 7:05 p.m.
Standings: 7 GB in South Division
The Chinooks will head up to Wisconsin Rapids to take on the Rafters for the second game of the home and home series. Austin Jones will get the ball for the Chinooks with the first pitch coming at 7:05 PM.
Kenosha (7-13) at Battle Creek (8-12) - 6:05 p.m.
Standings: 8.5 GB in South Division
The Kingfish finish up at Battle Creek with Game 2 Wednesday night. The game will be at 6:05 p.m. CT.
Waterloo (7-13) at Eau Claire (7-14) - 6:35 p.m.
Standings: 8 GB in North Division
Eau Claire finishes the homestand Wednesday, June 20th at 6:35 pm.
Video: Northwoods League (Video posts each morning here)