Kingfish Win Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series
Kingfish Crowned Northwoods League Champions with 8-1 Victory
St. Cloud, MN – Fate has a funny sense of humor. On May 26th, the Kingfish opened the 2015 season with a loss to the St. Cloud Rox. Tonight, the Kingfish capped off a championship season in St. Cloud with an 8-1 victory. The championship marks the first in franchise history, and the team is prepared to celebrate like it. Saturday night, the Kingfish will hold a championship ceremony at Simmons Field. The celebration will begin at 7:00 PM and the gates will open at 6:30 PM. Ballpark food and refreshments shall be served at Simmons Field to celebrate the achievements of the Kingfish ball club this summer.
The night began in similar fashion to the evening before. The Kingfish struck first in the second frame on an Alex Dunlap sacrifice fly. After taking the lead then, the Kingfish would never let it go. The Kingfish would strike for four more runs in the fourth inning, many of which came off of Rox defensive miscues. St. Cloud picked up a run in the fifth thanks to a John Sansone. After that run, the Kingfish came back with a run of insurance in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. That production was good enough to garner a victory under the Joe Faber Field lights by a final score of 8-1.
E.J. Trapino took the mound for the Kingfish. He pitched five innings of one run baseball, and only surrendered five hits and two walks while collecting six strikeouts. David Meade threw the next three frames for the Kingfish, and picked up right where he left off last Saturday when he dominated the Rox through eight innings. Tonight, he did not surrender a single run in his three innings of relief. Ryan Orr, who was on the mound when the Kingfish won the first half season championship, pitched the ninth inning in tonight’s championship game and held the Rox scoreless.
The Kingfish offense tallied a combined fourteen hits tonight. Jason Scholl and Zack Weigel led the way as each had 3-5 nights. Alex Borglin, Eric Filia, and Jeremy Vasquez finished the evening with two hits apiece as well. John Brodner and Alex Dunlap each had knocks tonight, and the team collectively drew seven walks.
The victory has the Kingfish finishing the summer with an overall record of 52-24, exceeding last season’s win total by eleven. Keep up to date with everything Kingfish baseball this offseason through the team’s social media pages, as they get ready for the 2016 season.
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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 (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit kingfishbaseball.com.