KALAMAZOO, MI – The Lakeshore Chinooks beat the Kalamazoo Growlers 9-0 in a rain-shortened 6 innings. The loss extends the Growlers losing streak to 6 games and drops the team to 4-11 on the season.
Lakeshore got on the board in the second inning after Connor Kimple doubled to make the score 1-0. The Chinooks extended their lead the very next inning, scoring three runs. Rylan Thomas picked up an RBI after singling off Growlers starter Blaine Fisher. Then, Daniel DeSimone grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored another run. Nick Cheema added another run after singling, making the score 3-0.
In the fourth, Rylan Thomas collected another RBI to make the score 4-0 in favor of Lakeshore. In the sixth, a wild pitch put runners on second and third with Nick Gatewood up to bat. He proceeded to groundout to third, scoring one run and advancing the other runner. Later, an error on right fielder Brynn Martinez and some confusion by the Growlers defense allowed two runs to score, making it 9-0 in the last inning before the rain ended the action.
For the Growlers, the same things that have been plaguing them on the losing streak were an issue: errors and pitching. The offense couldn’t get anything going tonight either, only racking up 1 hit for the night. Lakeshore picked up where they left off from Tuesday’s game with another impressive offensive display.
The Growlers next play the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Homer Stryker Field.
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 160 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.