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Madej Rips Fifth Homer Of Season, Kingfish Lose 3-1

KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (32-27, 10-14) dropped their third straight game to the Green Bay Bullfrogs (18-40, 6-17) on Sunday as they fell by a score of 3-1. It is the first time this season that Green Bay beat a team in three straight games.

The game featured a pair of lefties on the mound, and they both began the afternoon dealing for their respective clubs. The first four innings of the game came and went without a run scoring for either side, as Kingfish starter Michael Costanzo (Austin Peay) struck out four in his first four innings of work while the offense failed to score a run despite getting eight total baserunners over the same time period.

The scoreless tie was finally broken in the top of the fifth inning, when second baseman Ben Hart (Oakland) led off the frame with a solo homer to left field. It was the only run Costanzo would allow in five innings of work, with four hits against him and just one walk alongside five strikeouts.

That 1-0 score would stand until the eighth inning, when the Bullfrogs finally began to get to Kingfish reliever Austin Paisar (Eastern Mexico) in his third inning of work. Green Bay smacked four of its 10 hits in the eighth inning, scoring twice after right-hander Austin Bodrato (Florida) was brought in to finish the frame.

The Kenosha bats wouldn’t break their silence – and 16 consecutive scoreless innings at the plate – until the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning. That’s when second baseman Mike Madej (Purdue) turned on his fifth homer of the season to right field, driving in the only run of the game for the Kingfish.

The Kingfish finished the game with 13 runners left on base.

Madej went on to finish the game 2-for-5, his sixth multi-hit effort in his last seven games. First baseman Derek Bangert (Bradley) went 1-for-2 with two hit-by-pitches and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 56 games, while right fielder Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) finished 1-for-3 with a double and two hit-by-pitches. Catcher Cameron Comer (Virginia) also added a double of his own.

The Kingfish will be back at home on Monday to host the Madison Mallards, with first pitch set for 7:05p.m.

 

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The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.greenbaybullfrogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bullfrogs as your favorite team.