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Published On: June 24th, 2015

La Crosse Holds Off Kingfish

Kenosha, Wis. – Fueled by a four run sixth inning, the La Crosse Loggers took down the Kenosha Kingfish by a final of 9-4 Tuesday night at Simmons Field.

The Kingfish (19-10) jumped out to an early lead after two RBIs by 1B Zach Ratcliff.  The first baseman from Ohio State grounded out to drive in Alex Dunlap in the second inning.  Ratcliff later hit a towering shot to left field for a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. Ratcliff led the Kingfish at the plate with his home run and two RBIs.  2B Mitch Gasbarro went 2-5 with an RBI as well.

In the field for the Kingfish, RF Eric Filia made a spectacular leaping catch into the outfield wall, and then fired to first to force the inning ending double play in the fourth inning. Not to be outdone, fellow outfielder Zach Weigel made a great diving catch in the ninth inning to rob the Loggers of a hit. In the end, the great defensive play for the Kingfish was not enough on the night.  The Loggers (15-13) scored two in the fifth, four in the sixth, and two in the seventh to break the game open.  1B Jordan Pearce led La Crosse offensively, going 2-3 with two RBIs.  LF Will Savage went 2-5 with two RBIs in the game for the Loggers.

The Kingfish had their chances to crawl back into the game.  In the bottom of the eighth, the Kingfish loaded the bases with no one out but could not capitalize. The Kingfish loaded the bases again in the ninth, but only managed to plate two runners.

Ryne Blanton started for the Kingfish, throwing five innings of four hit ball, allowing two runs and one walk. Kyle Nelson opposed Blanton on the mound for the Loggers and picked up the win.  Nelson threw five and two thirds innings and gave up two runs with five strikeouts.  JR Holloway took the loss for Kenosha. 

Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. the Kingfish take on the Loggers for Black Pearl Tattoo Night. The Kingfish will be offering a FREE Miller Lite Fish Bowl ticket for the first 50 fans that get a FREE Kingfish tattoo. Email to register for a tattoo.  Go Green Night presented by Gateway Technical College will also be taking place at the ballpark as the Kingfish will wear green jerseys. Festival Foods Bratwurst Appreciation Day has also been reschedule for June 24th.  Try the specialty brat of the night, a Festival Oktoberfest brat topped with Philly meat and cheese.

The Kingfish ticket office powered by Platinum Systems 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. The Kingfish ticket office Powered by Platinum systems is open from 9:00am until the end of the game on home game dates. For more information on 7-game packs, season or group tickets, please log on to or call 262.653.0900.


The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st  season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit