Kingfish Outduel Bombers for Opening Night Victory


KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (1-0) opened their 2018 campaign Tuesday night at Simmons Field when they beat the Battle Creek Bombers (0-1) 7-6.

Left-handed pitcher Denson Hull (Creighton) got the start for the Kingfish and lasted 4.1 innings while only giving up two runs. Hull was pegged as the Opening Day starter after making five starts this past season at school.

At the plate, shortstop Mitch Buban (UW-Milwaukee) and second baseman Neil Lambert (Bowling Green) reached base four and three times respectively. Buban scored three of the times he was on base and Lambert scored once after reaching base with a double.

Cale Cuddie (UW-Stevens Point) made his season debut out of the bullpen first relieving Hull in the fifth inning. After Cuddie, Brady Kais (McHenry Community College) pitched 1.2 innings keeping the game close for the Kingfish.

Kevin Napoleon (Butler) got the win when he came in for the eighth inning and pitched 1.1 innings. The Kingfish took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Will Wagner (Liberty) single that scored Buban from second. Brett Manis (Ohio) gave up the run and took the loss.

Right-handed pitcher Josh Serio (UW-Milwaukee) completed the save by striking out the last two batters of the game and the only he faced.

The Kenosha Kingfish finish their series against the Battle Creek Bombers Wednesday night at 6:35 pm CT. The game can be watched live on and listened to on the Kenosha Kingfish Radio Network.

The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit 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.