Kingfish Lose Lead Late To Lakeshore, Fall 3-2
KENOSHA, Wis. – The Lakeshore Chinooks (10-12) defeated the Kenosha Kingfish (13-9) at Historic Simmons Field 3-2 to complete a sweep of the home-and-home doubleheader between the two teams on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Chinooks won a 4-3 game in Lakeshore.
The Kingfish took an early lead after back-to-back singles by first baseman Max Widmar (UW-Parkside) and catcher Cameron Comer (Virginia) to start the third inning. Second baseman Anthony Warneke (San Diego City) drove in the game’s first run with a fielder’s choice, and the Kingfish led 1-0.
Lakeshore tied the game up in the fifth inning thanks to some defensive troubles, as right fielder Caleb Dean (Lamar) singled and later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, third baseman Rylan Thomas (Central Florida) reached on an error by shortstop Korby Batesole (Fresno State), giving the Chinooks their only run of the game off of Kingfish starter Logan Wiley (Missouri State).
Kenosha regained its lead in the sixth with a double by left fielder Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) and RBI single by third baseman Tim Millard (Dallas Baptist).
Just as they thought they had victory in their sights, however, the Kingfish saw another set of defensive miscues cost them in the ninth. With right-hander Billy McKay (Florida) on the mound, the Chinooks worked a walk and then two more errors on one play to putting the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second with nobody out. Thomas then put another big swing on the ball, ripping a two-run single to left and swinging the game in Lakeshore’s favor.
Both teams rode strong games from their starting pitchers in this one, as Wiley turned in his longest outing of the year. He threw six innings and allowed one unearned run, striking out eight and walking three while allowing seven hits.
Lakeshore starter Sam Lund (Madison College) pitched seven innings of two-run baseball, allowing six hits and no walks while fanning nine. Cole Gnetz (Miami of Ohio) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen, while Thomas worked a scoreless ninth to nail down the save.
The Kingfish will hit the road again on Wednesday when they travel to Rockford for a 6:35p.m. start time. The Rivets come back to Kenosha on Thursday to finish the two-game set with a 7:05p.m. start time. Thursday will also be Ben Zobrist Bobblehead Night at Historic Simmons Field.
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.