Chinooks Sweep Woodchucks Behind Dominant Alec Marsh
Mequon, WI—The Lakeshore Chinooks defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 10-2 on Wednesday night. The win improved the Chinooks to 23-20 on the season and 5-3 in the second half.
The winning pitcher for the Chinooks was Alec Marsh. Through eight scoreless innings, the righty dazzled the fans at Kapco by giving up only five hits, two walks and striking out eight.
Even more impressive, Marsh might’ve predicted his impressive display following his last start in Rockford.
“Next outing, if I can keep the walks down, I could head into the eighth,” Marsh said after a start that went five innings and saw him walk six, strike out five, surrender three earned runs. “I gave up two hits in six [innings], they weren’t hitting me.”
The theme of opponents not hitting Marsh continued tonight. Through 6.1 innings, Marsh had a 72 pitch no-hitter going before it was broken up by a Stevie Mangrum line drive single to right field.
“I’m feeling good, and I’m feeling that I got my pitches back,” Marsh said postgame. “I just want to keep grooving and keep giving us chances to win.”
From the beginning of the summer, it’s been an impressive turnaround for Marsh. In his first six appearances, he threw 10.2 innings and gave up 14 earned runs, an ERA of 11.81. Further, he struck out only five batters while walking 10, a 0.50 K/BB ratio
In his last two starts, Marsh has thrown 13 innings, given up three earned runs, struck out 12 and walked 8. His ERA over that span is a 2.07, and his K/BB ratio is a much more tolerable 1.5. Also, he lowered his season ERA from 11 to 6.46.
“Beginning of the season, I was coming out of college. I had a rough college season as well,” He said. “Coming here in a comfortable atmosphere—trying to figure things out and having great guys around, really good teammates, really helps out a lot. “
As for the offense, they put up another impressive display. However, it seems so commonplace that it’s hardly a story.
Through their last ten games, the Chinooks have averaged 10.2 runs per game and put up runs totals of 21, 16, and 16.
Tonight, the scoring got underway early.
In the bottom of the first inning, a Nick Gatewood double drove in Joe Duncan, and Rylan Thomas followed him up with a RBI single of his own.
As a side note, the ridiculous numbers for Gatewood continue to pile up. In his last five games, he’s 9-24 with two homers and 6 RBI, and his last 10, he’s 16-48 with three homers and 13 RBI.
Lakeshore tacked on two more in the bottom of the second when a Matthew Mika single drove home Jack Dunn and an error by the shortstop brought around T.J. Raguse.
The offense took a (break?) until the fourth inning when they piled on two more runs. Dunn drove home Daniel DeSimone with a RBI double and Mika scored Dunn on a sac fly.
A RBI single by Gatewood in the seventh gave the Chinooks their seventh run, and Duncan, in the bottom of the eighth, capped off the night with a three-run homer, his second in two nights, to give the Chinooks their tenth and final run.
The Chinooks head to Madison tomorrow where they’ll take on the Mallards for the first of a two-game home and home series. Austin Jones gets the start.
The Lakeshore Chinooks 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.lakeshorechinooks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.