Kingfish Ground Bombers With 5-3 Win
KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (7-3) defeated the Battle Creek Bombers (7-3) by a score of 5-3 on Thursday at Historic Simmons Field. The win was the fourth straight for the Kingfish and seventh in their last eight contests, and moved them into a tie with Battle Creek for second in the Northwoods League South division.
The Bombers dented the scoreboard first in this game, continuing a trend of the Kingfish trailing in all ten games they’ve played this season. Battle Creek touched home plate in the second inning of this one after a leadoff double by first baseman J.D. Mundy (Virginia Tech), who came around to score on an RBI single by shortstop Nikola Vasic (McHenry County College).
Kenosha was once again quick to respond, however, as shortstop Korby Batesole (Fresno State) reached on a bunt single in his first plate appearance of the summer, and got to third on a double by third baseman Ben Troike (Illinois) and scored on an RBI groundout by catcher Mark Skonieczny (Illinois). First baseman Derek Bangert gave Kenosha its first lead of the game one inning later with a solo home run to left field, his fourth of the season.
The Kingfish were able to pull away in the sixth inning, during which they sent nine batters to the plate. Center fielder Connor Doyle (University of San Diego) and right fielder Tyler Paulsen (Illinois State) began the rally with a pair of one-out singles, which were followed by back-to-back walks. Second baseman Mike Madej (Purdue) singled home a run with the bases loaded and Batesole walked home another, and the Kingfish emerged from the inning with a 5-1 lead.
Battle Creek made things interesting late with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but the bullpen tandem of right-handers Justin Hasek (Galveston CC) and Alex Manasa (Jackson CC) was able to seal the win.
Right-hander Logan Wiley (Missouri State) earned the win for Kenosha on the mound, starting the game and lasting five innings with one run allowed on three hits, striking out four and walking two.
Batesole went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in his Kingfish debut, while Bangert finished 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
The Kingfish and Bombers will take this matchup back to Battle Creek on Friday, when the two teams begin another two-game set against one another. Kenosha will be back at home on Tuesday, June 13th with another series against the Bombers.
The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.kingfishbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Kingfish as your favorite team.