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Brodner Delivers Walk-Off Hit; Kingfish Move on to Summer Collegiate World Series

Brodner Delivers Walk-Off Hit; Kingfish Move on to Summer Collegiate World Series

Kenosha, Wis. – With all the lights on him, John Brodner connected for the biggest hit all season for the Kingfish, driving in the game-winning run for a 2-1 victory over the Madison Mallards Tuesday night at Simmons Field to win the Northwoods League South Divisional Playoffs for Kenosha.  The Kingfish now face the St. Cloud Rox in the best-of-three Summer Collegiate World Series starting on Thursday. 

The Mallards (43-24, 1-1) scored their only run in the ball game in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Cameron Frost to score Jason Goldstein.  Anthony Gonsolin and Jean Ramirez paced the Mallards with two hits on the night. 

The Kingfish (48-24, 2-0) struggled to get runners on base all night.  Kenosha had their best chance to score a run in the eighth inning.  With runners on first and second and two outs, Jeremy Vasquez dropped a base hit into centerfield to score Brodner from second base to tie the game at 1-1.

Pat McInerney led off the bottom of the ninth by reaching on an error by the Madison third baseman.  After Micah Coffey sacrificed pinch runner Parker Sniatynski to second, T.J. Nichting was intentionally walked. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third and then Brodner delivered a base hit to right field to clinch the 2015 Northwoods League South Divisional Playoffs title. 

Brendon Allen threw six strong innings in his start. The righty struck out six batters and gave up one run on six hits. Ryan Orr pitched the final three frames for Kenosha to earn the win. 

For Madison, Sterling Sharp was rock solid, shattering three hits over six innings pitched.  Sharp’s final stat line included four strikeouts and zero walks allowed.  Brandon White took the loss after pitching in the ninth inning for the Mallards. 

The St. Cloud Rox beat the Duluth Huskies 10-3 Tuesday night in St. Cloud, setting up the matchup for the Summer Collegiate World Series. The Kingfish will host Game 1 of the World Series Thursday, August 13th at 7:05 p.m.  St. Cloud will host Game 2 Friday, August 14th and if necessary, Game 3 on Saturday, August 15th.  Tickets for Game 1 of the Summer Collegiate World Series, presented by the brand new Hampton Inn and Suites, are on sale now.  Do not miss your chance to be a part of Kingfish baseball history.  Tickets are available at the Kingfish ticket office powered by Platinum Systems or call 262.653.0900 for more information.

The Kingfish ticket office powered by Platinum Systems 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 120 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 (KAN). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit kingfishbaseball.com.