Kingfish Hold Off Rafters 2-1

Kenosha, Wis. – The Kingfish (18-23) only scored 2 runs, but that was all they needed to defeat the 1st place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Kingfish took their second consecutive win with a final score of 2-1. 

Kingfish pitching ruled the day, and held the 2nd best offense in the Northwoods League to 8 hits and 1 run. Chase Thurston took the mound, and had a bounce back performance from his start in Green Bay. He threw 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, and 1 lone run to score on a Demetrius Sims sacrifice fly. 

The bullpen was equally as impressive. Andrew Burnick and Jesse Ellefson each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing just two hits between them. Ryan Orr came on for the 6 out save, and was spotless. In his 2 innings, he allowed just one hit, and picked up his third save of the season. 

Micah Coffey and Marty Bechina went back-to-back with RBI doubles in the third, which gave the Kingfish the lead. Matt Byars, Gunnar McNeill, and Dylan Rosa each got into the hit column once to combine for 5 total hits as a club. 

The Kingfish will host the Rafters in game 2 of the series tomorrow night at 7:05 CT, then head to Madison on Tuesday night. 

Tickets and merchandise for your Kenosha Kingfish are on sale now. For more information on 7-game packs, season or group tickets, please visit or call 262.653.0900. The Kingfish office is located at 7817 Sheridan Road and is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment only. 


The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit