Kingfish Sweep The Rafters To Start Inaugural Season 2-0
The Kenosha Kingfish defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters tonight 5-2, to sweep the first series of the inaugural season.
Connor Kelly, a 6’5” RHP from Chandler Gilbert Community College made his debut start for the Kingfish and settled in as the night went on. Kelly struck out 3 batters during one stretch in the 4th and 5th inning and had a total of 4 Ks on the night in 5 innings pitched.
The Kingfish fell behind in the 3rd inning but came back swinging. First Baseman, Zach Ratcliff from the Ohio State University, started off the 5th inning with a double and designated hitter, Steven Sensley, followed up with a single. Shortstop, Zack Kolakowski, doubled and drove in both Ratcliff and Sensley, giving the Kingfish a 2-1 lead.
The 6th inning was just as strong for the Kingfish with a leadoff triple from Kyle Brooks who later scored thanks to a sacrifice fly from Pat Porter. The Kingfish widened the lead in the 8th inning with a couple of walks and a wild pitch later scored Jeff Edwards. Rafters pitching remained wild in the 9th as Steven Sensley scored off another wild pitch to make the score 5-2.
Steven Klimek took the mound in the 6th inning and followed Kelly with 4 strikeouts on the night. Brett Shimanovsky came into the close the game and struck out 2 players in the 9th to sweep the series over the Rafters.
The Kingfish continue onto Green Bay for a 2 game series starting Thursday, May 29th. On Saturday, May 31st, the Kingfish will be back in Kenosha for the home opener at historic Simmons Field. The home opener will be at 6:05 p.m. against the Mankato MoonDogs.
The Kingfish office is located at 7817 Sheridan Road and is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. For more information on 7-game packs, season or group tickets, please log on to kingfishbaseball.com or call262.653.0900.