Growlers skid continues, lose 4-3 in Kenosha
Kenosha, Wis.- The battle of the newest teams in the Northwoods League was a tightly contested game and did not lack suspense as the Growlers dropped game one of their two-game series with the Kingfish Sunday, 4-3.
Kalamazoo (5-8) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning, after a pair of Kingfish errors led to the Austin Cangelosi (Indiana University) run. The Kingfish (5-8) responded in the bottom of the 4th inning with an RBI double by Caleb Howell (Eastern Illinois). The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when a balk and two-out, two RBI triple by Pat Porter (Ohio State) gave the Kingfish a three run lead.
Kenosha never looked back despite runs from the Growlers in the seventh and ninth innings. The tying run was on third, when John Rubino grounded out to first to end the game. Curtis Morgan (UW-Whitewater) was credited with the win, and Shane Bryant (Purdue University) gets tagged with the loss, despite a strong effort going 4 1/3 innings in relief and only allowing one earned run while striking out four.
The Kalamazoo Growlers and the Kenosha Kingfish will conclude this two game series tomorrow night in Kenosha. First pitch will be at 8:05 E.S.T.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit http://www.growlersbaseball.com.