Mallards power Great Lakes to NWL All-Star win

Bigbie hits two home runs in win over Great Plains All-Stars
The Willmar Stingers' 2019 All-Star Game players and coaches are, from left, coach Al Leyva, coach Matt Caselli, pitcher Garret Rukes, infielder Justin King, pitcher Polo Portela, infielder Daniel Walsh and Great Plains All-Stars manager Bo Henning. The All-Star Game was Tuesday, July 16, in Waterloo, Iowa. Submitted photo

WATERLOO, Iowa — The Great Lakes All-Stars — a.k.a, the Madison Mallards — made hay given their meager offensive output against the Great Plains All-Stars on Tuesday in the Northwoods League All-Star Game.

Great Lakes’ Justice Bigbie (Madison) hit two home runs to account for three runs and his Madison Mallards teammates produced two more runs on three more hits in a 5-2 win at Riverfront Stadium.

The Willmar coaching staff helmed the Great Plains All-Stars and four Stingers played in the game. Unfortunately for Stinger Polo Portela, he surrendered Bigbie’s two-run home run in the top of the first inning.

Bigbie hit a solo homer in the third, and Great Lakes’ Drew Benefield (Madison) and Drew Williams (Madison) had RBI singles in the eighth. Madison players accounted for all five Great Lakes hits, with Mallard Logan Michaels singling in the sixth.

Rochester’s Ryan Middendorf, who gave up Bigbie’s solo homer, took the loss. Wisconsin Rapids’ Neil Abbatiello got the win and Madison’s A.J. Archambo got the save.


Bismarck’s Wyatt Ulrich, a junior from St. John’s in Collegeville, had two hits and drove in one of the Great Plains’ two runs.

Portela worked the one inning, issuing a walk and Bigbie’s homer before getting out of the inning.

Stinger’s pitcher Garret Rukes worked just 1/3 of an inning, getting the final out of the fourth inning.

Willmar infielder Daniel Walsh had a hit in three trips and Stingers infielder Justin King was 0-for-2.

The Stingers are off on Wednesday and return to action against Rochester at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in Willmar.

Legion Baseball

Willmar 8,

Hutchinson 3

Tanner Bauman doubled, singled and drove in four runs and Andy Schultz also had two hits and he drove in two runs in Willmar Legion Post 167’s win at Hutchinson on Tuesday.


Post 167’s Ashton Gregory had three hits and scored twice and Wade Fischer doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice.

Drey Dirksen allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out nine in six innings to get the win.

Willmar 210 030 2-8 12 1
Hutchinson 001 002 0-3 4 0
Hitting - Willmar: Tanner Bauman 2-5 2b rbi-4, Gunnar Banks 1-2 r, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-4 2b r, Caleb Ditmarson 1-2 2b, Andy Schultz 2-4 rbi-2 r, Ashton Gregory 3-4 r-2, Wade Fischer 1-2 2b rbi-2 r-2, Brady Bauman 0-0 r … Hutchinson: Tyler Schiller 2-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Drey Dirksen (W) 6-4-3-1-2-9, Bryan Weidemann 1-0-0-0-0-2 … Hutchinson: Zach Kueske (L) 7-12-8-8-5-2

Tri-Town 10,

SH/M 0

Josh Kingery had three hits and drove in three runs, and he picked up the victory in Tri-Town’s win over Sacred Heart/MACCRAY on Tuesday..

David Kingery doubled twice, drove in a run and scored twice and Zach Bagley doubled and drove in two runs. Jack Peterson had two hits and drove in a run.

SH/M’s Gabe Henker and Jacob Grund both hit doubles.

SH/M 000 00-0 3 0
Tri-Town 230 5x-10 13 0
Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Corbin Wohlman 1-2, Gabe Henker 1-2 2b, Jacob Grund 1-2 2b … Tri-Town: David Kingery 2-3 2b-2 rbi r-2, Jaren Kaddatz 1-1 2b r-2, Josh Kinzler 0-1 r-2, Josh Kingery 3-3 2b rbi-3 r, Connor Barker 1-2 r, Jack Peterson 2-3 rbi r, Zach Bagley 1-3 2b rbi-2 r, Brady Kruse 1-2, Logan Straumann 1-1 rbi, Shelby Shoen 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Corbin Wohlman (L) 1.2-7-5-5-2-0, Eli Aker 2.2-6-5-5-3-0 … Tri-Town: Josh Kingery (W) 3-1-0-0-2-8, David Kingery 2-2-0-0-0-2

Madison Mallard Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) hit two home runs and drove in three runs in the Great Lakes All-Stars' 5-2 win over the Great Plains All-Stars in the Northwoods League All-Star Game on Tuesday at River Front Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa. Photo courtesy Western Carolina University

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