The Kenosha Kingfish earned their second consecutive victory Monday night over the Kalamazoo Growlers by a count of 12-3. The game was largely decided in the bottom half of the sixth inning, as the Kingfish would push an astonishing 12 runs across. The mark is the most runs scored in an inning by any Northwoods League team this season.
The game began as a pitcher’s duel between starters Connor Kelly and Nick Wernke. After five complete frames, the Growlers held a 1-0 lead. Following a leadoff strikeout in the bottom half of the sixth, the Kingfish would see 14 consecutive batters reach base. The team stayed patient at the plate while still attacking Kalamazoo mistakes, drawing eight walks and belting four hits. All told the explosive frame would yield 12 runs, giving Kingfish pitchers more than enough support to secure a victory and send the historic Simmons Field crowd home happy.
Successful performances were turned in just about everywhere on the Kingfish lineup card. Buddy Reed went 1-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, tallying his first hit of the season. Caleb Howell would drive in a run while also scoring twice. By the end of the day eight of the ten Kenosha batters would cross the plate at least once. The winning hurler for manager Duffy Dyer was right-hander Connor Kelly, as he tossed six innings while giving up just one run.
The Kingfish, now 6-8, find themselves in sixth place in the South Division. Tomorrow, the Wisconsin Woodchucks make their way to Kenosha for the first of a two game set. Zach Morgenstern is slated to take the mound for the 7:05 start.
The Kingfish office is located at 7817 Sheridan Road and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on 7-game packs, season or group tickets, please log on to kingfishbaseball.com or call 262.653.0900.