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Kingfish Play Long Ball to Beat Madison 14-5

Kingfish Play Long Ball to Beat Madison 14-5

Kenosha, Wis. – The MLB Home Run Derby is Monday in Cincinnati but the Kingfish decided to have a little home run derby of their own Friday night, slamming four home runs to defeat the Madison Mallards 14-5 at Simmons Field.

Tied 2-2 after two innings, the fireworks officially began in the third for the Kingfish (32-15).  With one out, Jeremy Vasquez hit a solo home run and two batters later Jason Scholl launched a shot to right centerfield to make it 4-0.  RBI singles from Eric Filia and R.J. Ybarra gave the Kingfish a 6-2 lead after four. 

After Madison added one in the top of the fifth, Pat McInerney led off the bottom half of the fifth with his first home run of the year. Newcomer T.J. Nichting drove in his first RBI as a Kingfish after he singled home Mitch Gasbarro to make it 8-3 Kingfish. 

Leading by five, the Kingfish put the icing on the cake with a six run seventh inning.  With one down, Filia doubled home two runs and three batters later Scholl connected for his second home run of the night, a three run shot.  Scholl now has eight home runs on the year, tied for the second most home runs in a season by a Kingfish player in team history.

There were plenty of offensive stars for the Kingfish on the night.  Scholl finished 3-5 with two home runs and five RBIs.  Filia went 4-6 with a double, three runs, and three RBIs. Nichting went 4-6 with a triple, two runs, and one RBI in his home debut.  Vasquez and McInerney both homered in the game. 

Ryne Blanton started for the Kingfish on the hill and lasted four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.  Trevor Haas came in to pitch an inning and two thirds to earn the win in relief.  Brett Shimanovsky, Ryan Orr, and Shea Murray came out of the bullpen to close the game for Kenosha.

Starter Nick Gruener took the loss for the Mallards (26-18) after going two and two thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on seven hits.  Anthony Gonsolin had an impressive night at the plate for Madison, going 3-4 with a home run, three runs, and two RBIs.  

Saturday at 6:05 p.m. is Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, & Electric Cancer Awareness Night. The Kingfish will don light blue Kenosha Twins jerseys with pink font and an United for the Cure emblem for Cancer Awareness Night.  There will be a silent auction during the game for the jerseys near Fan Services. Former Kenosha Twins owner Bob Lee will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  At the conclusion of the game, The Blast Shop Fireworks will light up the sky. 

The Kingfish ticket office powered by Platinum Systems office is located at 7817 Sheridan Road and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Kingfish ticket office Powered by Platinum systems is open from 8:30am 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 kingfishbaseball.com or call 262.653.0900.

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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.