MEQUON, WI – The Kalamazoo Growlers came into Mequon, Wisconsin, having won two of two at home versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Lakeshore Chinooks on the other hand dropped its previous game to the Rockford Rivets, 9-5.
Lakeshore plated the first run on the ballgame in the bottom of the third inning. Shortstop, Jack Dunn (Northwestern), started the inning with a leadoff walk and a stolen bag. Credit Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) with a clutch two-out RBI single, 1-0 in favor of the hometown guys.
Much of the same in inning number five. After a Drake Lubin (Eastern Michigan) single and stolen base, Joe Duncan would come through with his second two-out RBI single on the evening to extend the Lakshore lead, 2-0.
After a leadoff walk for Jeff Riedel (Ball State) and a Mitch Bigras (Boston College) single, Ryan Orr (San Diego State) would successfully put down a sacrifice-bunt to advance both baserunners. Riedel would come around to score the first run for Kzoo after a wild throw out of the hand of reliever, Josh Serio (UW-Milwaukee), 2-1 Chinooks. Lakeshore wouldn’t look back from there.
The Growlers stranded twelve baserunners on the ballgame.
Plusses on the night, Daniel Ritcheson (San Diego State) went five strong, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while punching out four in the process.
Connor Hollis (Houston) extended his on-base streak to 25 games and his hitting streak to 15 games.
Lakeshore starter Austin Havekost (Kent State) went six innings, allowing only two hits, no earned, with five strikeouts.
Kalamazoo now sits at 8-8 in the second half of the 2017 Northwoods League standings, three back of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Growlers will try again tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 6:35 CT, that’s 7:35 ET.
The Kalamazoo Growlers 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.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.