KENOSHA, WI- The Growlers dominated the Kingfish on Monday evening 14-4 to split the series with Kenosha and end a 4-game Wisconsin road trip 2-2.
The Growlers have not lost three games in a row all season long and they didn’t plan on breaking that trend at Simmons field. The Growlers exploded for five runs in the first, with the exclamation point of the inning coming on a 424 foot two-run home run by Baron Radcliff to dead center.
Radcliff shined on Monday, finishing 4 for 5 with 2 RBI. Radcliff beat out two infield singles, but was hitting everything hard. Radcliff recorded exit velocities of 102mph, 105mph, and 107mph on the night.
Kenosha would make things interesting by adding three runs off of Kalamazoo starter Kyle Virbitsky who could only go four innings allowing three runs and ten hits.
The score was 5-3 in the Growlers favor when they struck for three runs in the sixth inning securing the game.
Kalamazoo would then add three more runs in the eighth and ninth inning before Kenosha could tally one in a fruitless bottom of the ninth.
Kenosha starter Kaleb Schmidt was stuck with the loss, going five innings allowing five runs on six hits.
Outside of Radcliff the Growlers got major offensive contributions from Brendan Rivoli, Jonathan Foster and Zach Daniels. Rivoli went 3 for 4 with a double, Foster went 3 for 5 with a double, and Daniels picked up 2 hits and 2 RBI out of the leadoff spot. Daniels had not hit in the leadoff spot since early in the Growlers season.
Kenosha saw a six-game winning streak snapped in the ten-run loss. The Kingfish had the longest win streak in the Northwoods league before losing to Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo will be heading to Battle Creek for a home and home series against their in-state rival on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kalamazoo leads the season series over Battle Creek 3-1.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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, 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.growlersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.