Serio’s Dominance Leads to Kingfish Victory
Kenosha, Wis. – In arguably the biggest home game of the season so far for the Kingfish, Josh Serio was on top of his game, striking out nine batters to lead the Kingfish to a 5-2 victory over the Madison Mallards.
Serio was the story of the night for the Kingfish (20-11). The starter went seven and a third, stifling opponents by striking out nine. He limited Madison to only two hits and brought a no hit bid into the sixth inning. Serio is now the strikeout out leader in the Northwoods league with 43 total. Serio improves to 5-1 and gave Kenosha a two game lead over Madison for first place in the Northwoods League South Division. JR Holloway got the final out to earn the save for Kenosha.
The Kingfish did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard. Zach Weigel led off the bottom of the first with a walk. After advancing to third on a fielders’ choice and a wild pitch, Zach Ratcliff plated Weigel with an RBI groundout. Jason Scholl drove home Eric Fila with a single to make it 2-0 Kingfish after one.
Jack Sundberg manufactured a few runs by a couple of different ways. In the fourth, Sundberg walked and then proceeded to steal second and third base on consecutive pitches. Brody Westmoreland then singled home Sundberg to make it a 3-0 game. Leading 4-0 in the eighth, Sundberg delivered with his bat, driving a double to right center field to drive in Alex Borglin and stretched the lead to 5-0. Sundberg ended the night 1-2 with one run, one RBI, two walks, and three stolen bases.
The magic number for the Kingfish to clinch the first half division championship and a spot in the Northwoods League playoffs is now four. The Kingfish face another tough test when they travel to play the Mallards in Madison tomorrow, with Kenosha clinging to their lead in the Northwoods League South Division with five games remaining in the first half.
For the Mallards (18-13), AJ Bogucki started and took the loss in the game. Bogucki went 4 and two thirds of an inning, allowing three run on three hits while striking out five. Tony Butler and Chris Tschida had the RBIs for the Mallards.
The Kingfish are on the road Friday but return home Saturday to host the Mankato MoonDogs at 6:05 p.m. at Simmons Field. The Platinum Systems Tablet Dig will take place after the game on the infield. Attending fans are invited to dig in the infield for a chance to win a tablet. Miller Lite Fireworks will also take place after the game goes final. Tickets are still available for Saturday’s contest.
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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 www.kingfishbaseball.com.