Kingfish Come Out On Top In Back And Forth Affair
La Crosse, Wis – In a night that saw pitching for both teams struggle, the Kingfish took down the Loggers by a count of 13-9. At least five runs were scored in an inning three separate times on a night in which a combined 30 hits were recorded. The win brings Kenosha to 8-5, awarding them sole possession of second place in the South Division.
The action started early when Kenosha plated six runs in the top of the second. DH Zach Jones, 1B Zach Ratcliff, RF Steven Sensley, 3B Alex Borglin, 2B Chris Godinez, and LF Pat Porter all touched home in a frame that saw 12 Kingfish enter the batters box. The Loggers were able to quickly counter however, tallying five in the bottom of the second to knot things at six.
After a handful of runs from La Crosse, Porter got his team back on the board in the sixth by scoring on a wild pitch to Zach Ratcliff. The score stood at 9-7 entering the eighth frame when Godinez was due to lead off the inning. He proceeded to send a two-strike delivery over the fence to notch his second home run of the season. Yet the party was far from over. Singles from Jones, Ratcliff, and Borglin would bring home runs, in addition to another off of a Sensley fielder’s choice. The inning would put the Kingfish ahead for good, with an additional Porter run coming in the ninth for good measure.
Though manager Duffy Dyer used six pitchers on the evening, his bullpen proved vital. Josh Daniels, Garrett McKenzie, Brett Shimanovsky, and Coley Thompkins shut down Logger batters from the sixth inning onward. The quartet combined to allow just one hit in the final four innings against a La Crosse squad ranking sixth in the NWL in runs.
All told, each of the nine Kenosha batters recorded a hit, while all but one recorded an RBI. Notable performances were put on by the usual suspects; Porter (4-5, 4 R, RBI), Jones (3-6, 2 R, 2 RBI), and Sensley (3-6, R, RBI). Sensley has caught fire recently, hitting .355 in the past week. Porter now finds himself as the league leader in both runs scored and RBI, while Chris Godinez’s .346 season average is good for 5th in the NWL.
The Kingfish will take on the Loggers once again tomorrow before traveling to Michigan to take on the Battle Creek Bombers. The team’s next home date will be Thu, July 17th as the club celebrates “What If Night” presented by Snap-On.
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