NWL: Madison, Eau Claire survive, pick up wins Wednesday night

Madison needed 14 innings to get on the board, while Eau Claire held on to a one-run lead to pick up wins on Wednesday night in the Northwoods League.

Madison 2, Rockford 0 (14 Innings)

The Madison Mallards (17-5) won 2-0 in a fourteen inning pitching and defensive battle over the Rockford Rivets (12-10) tonight in Rockford. Five Madison pitchers combined for fourteen shutout innings and fourteen strikeouts in the victory.

Neither team was able to plate a run in the first nine innings, so the game went to extras tied at 0-0. In the bottom of the 10th inning with the potential winning run at third base and only one out, Mallards Field Manager Donnie Scott deployed a rarely seen five-man infield, two-man outfield defense to keep the game scoreless.

Eau Claire 4, Waterloo 3

The Eau Claire Express (8-14) came away with the win, beating the Waterloo Bucks (7-14) with a final of 4-3. It was a beautiful night for baseball and the Express played a stellar game.

Battle Creek 10, Kenosha 4

In game five of their longest road trip of the season, the Kenosha Kingfish (7-14) lost 10-4 to the Battle Creek Bombers (9-12).

Wisconsin Rapids 13, Lakeshore 0

The Rafters struck early and the Chinooks were never able to recover from the early deficit, falling 13-0.

Full recap of yesterday's action:

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

Madison (17-5) at Wisconsin (6-16) - 6:35 p.m.

Standings: 1st in South Division (1 GA)

The Mallards embark on day two of their longest road trip of the summer — six more games over the next six days. They play Thursday and Friday night at 6:35 pm against the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Wausau.

Full Recap/Preview Here

Lakeshore (9-13) at Green Bay (7-15) - 7:05 p.m.

Standings: 8 GB in South Division

Lakeshore will remain on the road on Thursday, heading east to face off against the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Brendan McGuigan will look to continue his early season success for the Chinooks as he makes the start. First pitch at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay will be at 7:05 PM.

Full Recap/Preview Here

Kenosha (7-14) at Kalamazoo (16-6) - 6:05 p.m.

Standings: 9.5 GB in South Division

First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. CT with the Kingfish looking to break the Kalamazoo winning streak. 

Full Recap/Preview Here

Eau Claire (8-14) at Mankato (13-9) - 7:05 p.m.

Standings: 8 GB in North Division

Eau Claire will travel to Mankato to face the MoonDogs for a two game set on Thursday and Friday. They return home on Saturday, June 23rd for a 6:35 pm first pitch.

Full Recap/Preview Here

Video: Northwoods League (Video posts each morning here)

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