The Kenosha Kingfish took down the St. Cloud Rox twice in a Father’s Day doubleheader Sunday night. Following a 4-1 victory in the first game, the Kingfish downed the home team 10-7 in the second. Victorious pitchers on the day for Kenosha were right handers Dillon Mazzoccoli and Coley Thompkins.
The first matchup was a continuation of a postponed contest from Saturday in which the game left off 1-1 in the fourth. The Kingfish would break the tie Sunday with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, all of which were driven in by Bradley Braves. 2B Chris Godinez singled in the fifth to score CF Taylor Douglas, while 3B Spencer Gaa’s double plated DH Kyle Brooks and Douglas once again in the sixth. All the while, Mazzoccolli was dismantling St. Cloud hitters. In his five innings pitched, the sophomore from Blinn College struck out four, allowed just two base runners, and failed to yield a run. The save would be earned by lefty Brett Shimanovsky.
Key hitters for Duffy Dyer’s crew were Spencer Gaa (2-5, 2 RBI), 2B Chris Godinez (2-5, 2 RBI), and LF Pat Porter (2-3, R, BB). All told seven of the ten Kingfish batters would record a hit, keeping consistent pressure on Rox pitching all evening.
Despite lasting just seven innings, the second affair became a slugfest from the get go. In front of a crowd of 2293, the Kingfish would post an impressive 10 runs. Both starters would be chased early as the score read “4-2” after three innings. The key frame for the Kingfish would turn out to be the fourth, evidenced by the five runs that came across. Following a leadoff home run from C Jordan Romero, runs would be scored by; RF Steven Sensley, CF Taylor Douglas, 2B Chris Godinez, and LF Pat Porter. The 7-4 cushion would be enough to put Kenosha ahead for good as they would win by a count of 10-7. The save was recorded by lefty EJ Trapino after dealing a shutout ninth.
Exemplary performances were turned in up and down the entire lineup card for King Elvis’ crew. None however compared to the stat line of Pat Porter (4-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 R) who would be named NWL player of the night. The Buckeye has been on an absolute tear since donning a Kingfish uniform, tallying 23 hits and 24 RBI in 18 games. Chris Godinez recorded two hits, two runs, and an RBI on his way to extending his hitting streak to ten. Taylor Douglas scored three times as he extended his own hitting streak to nine.
The Kingfish, now 10-8 and winners of six straight, find themselves just 1.5 games back in the South Division. The team has two games remaining on its current road trip as they head next to Mankato to take on the Moondogs. The first contest pits RHP Zach Morgenstern against RHP Taylor Elman. First pitch Monday is slated for 7:05pm at Franklin Rogers Park.