MEQUON, WIs. – The Kenosha Kingfish (3-0) bats caught on fire Friday night, exploding for a six run fourth and five run eighth to beat the Lakeshore Chinooks (1-3) 12-7.
The night started on the mound, though, with Cale Cuddie (UW-Stevens Point) making his first start with the Kingfish. Cuddie did not give up a hit until the fourth inning and ended the day with 5.2 innings pitched, one hit allowed, three strikeouts, and five walks. Opposing him on the mound was Austin Jones who made it perfectly through the Kenosha order the first time.
Mike Madej (NW Florida State) broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle in the fourth right after Connor Doyle (San Diego) walked to lead off the inning. That was just the beginning for the Kingfish as they scored six times in the inning off of five hits.
Lakeshore would be held scoreless until the seventh when they broke through for four runs and made it a three run game. That was as close as it would get as the Kingfish opened up the flood gates once again the next half inning. The team batted around twice, in the fourth and in the eighth.
Leading the way on offense was right fielder David Renning (UT-Arlington) who went 3-for-5, scoring twice and batting in a run. Doyle led the team in RBI, batting in four throughout the game.
Charlie Harrigan (Heartland CC), Evan McDonald (Fairleigh Dickinson), and Jack Weiller (Virginia) all scored their first hits with the Kingfish in the game. All three each had two hits.
The win kept the Kingfish in first place in the Northwoods League South Division and ties the franchise record for longest winning streak to begin a season. The team last went 3-0 at the beginning of the year during the 2016 campaign.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Kingfish travel to Wausau, Wis. to take on the Wisconsin Woodchucks at Athletic Park. Both games will be available online on the Kenosha Kingfish Radio Network.