NWL: Extra-inning contests unkind to Kenosha, Eau Claire on Thursday

Lakeshore and Eau Claire dropped extra-innings contests on Thursday night in the Northwoods League, while the first-place Mallards picked up another win with a late run-scoring play to beat Wisconsin. Plus, a preview of this weekend's games.

Madison 3, Wisconsin 2

The Madison Mallards (7-3) stayed a game ahead of the pack in the South Division with an exciting 3-2 victory over the Woodchucks (4-6), and a sweep of the two-game series. With the score still tied at 2-2 in the ninth inning, the Mallards loaded the bases with two outs via a hit batsman and two walks. David Vinsky (Northwood) drove in the winning run, legging out a single to the left side, just beating the throw to first base on a bang-bang play.  Garrett Kueber (Austin Peay) scored the go-ahead run.

Bismarck 3, Eau Claire 1 (11 Innings)

The Bismarck Larks broke the tie in the 11th inning and defeated the Eau Claire Express 3-1.  The Larks took the lead in the top of the 11th. Tanner Halvorson (Indian Hills CC) was on the mound for the Express. Brandon Barna led off the inning with a single. Matthew Warkentin would follow with a single that advanced Barna to third. A sacrifice fly by Jacob Nesbit would give the Larks a 2-1 lead. The next batter, Dylan Rock would hit his own sacrifice fly to score Warkentin and bring the Bismarck lead to 3-1. Eau Claire went quickly and quietly in the bottom of the 11th to end the game.

Kalamazoo 7, Kenosha 5 (11 Innings)

Kalamazoo tacked on two in the top of the 11th and defeated the Kenosha Kingfish 7-5.

Green Bay 6, Lakeshore 1

The Green Bay Bullfrogs got all six runs in the seventh inning as they went on to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 6-1. 

Full recap of last night's action:

Here's a preview of upcoming games around the Northwoods League:

Friday: Battle Creek at Madison (7-3) - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: Battle Creek at Madison (7-3) - 6:05 p.m.

Sunday: Kenosha (4-5) at Madison (7-3) - 4:05 p.m.

Standings: 1st in South Division (1 GA)

A big weekend is scheduled at the Duck Pond, starting Friday, June 8.  The Mallards host the Battle Creek Bombers Friday at 7:05 PM featuring the Chris Farley bobblehead giveaway, presented by Dentistry for Madison: Dr. Jay Hazen. Saturday will feature the first fireworks show of the season, presented by Budweiser. The homestand concludes on Sunday with the Festival Foods TJ Watt bobblehead giveaway. For tickets and more information visit mallardsbaseball.com.

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Friday: Rockford (6-4) at Lakeshore (5-5) - 6:35 p.m.

Saturday: Lakeshore (5-5) at Rockford (6-4) - 6:35 p.m.

Sunday: Fond du Lac (5-5) at Lakeshore (5-5) - 5:05 p.m.

Standings: 2 GB in South Division

The Chinooks return home to face the Rockford Rivets, who come into Kapco off a 7-2 win over the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in Rockford. The Rivets, currently second in the South Division with a 6-4 record, will send Garrett Goetz to the mound to face the Chinooks' Brendan McGuigan.

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Friday: Kenosha (4-5) at Wisconsin (4-6) - 6:35 p.m.

Saturday: Kenosha (4-5) at Wisconsin (4-6) - 6:35 p.m.

Sunday: Kenosha (4-5) at Madison (7-3) - 4:05 p.m.

Standings: 2.5 GB in South Division

The Kingfish will go on the road starting this Friday, playing two games in Wausau and then taking on the Mallards in Madison on Sunday. 

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Friday: Bismarck (6-4) at Eau Claire (4-6) - 6:35 p.m.

Saturday: Bismarck (6-4) at Eau Claire (4-6) - 6:35 p.m.

Sunday: Eau Claire (4-6) at Waterloo (3-7) - 2:05 p.m.

Standings: 2 GB in North Division

The Express are back in action Friday evening against the Larks with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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Video: Northwoods League (Video posts each morning here)

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