Kingfish Win Road Trip Opener
WAUSAU, Wis. – After dropping the first two games against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (4-7) earlier this year, the Kenosha Kingfish (5-5) out-pitched the Woodchucks for a 4-1 victory.
Denson Hull (Creighton) was on the mound to make his third start of the season. Hull twirled a gem, setting down the first 11 batters he faced in the game. The only run he allowed was on full count fastball to Wisconsin’s Javier Valdes, a pitch he took deep to left. Hull left after 7.0 innings giving up only four hits, striking out four, and most impressively walking none. Hull got the win, his first on the season.
The Kingfish bats showed up early, plating an early run against Wisconsin starter Brent Headrick. Ben Troike (Illinois) walked in the second at-bat of the game and then moved up to second on a David Renning (UT-Arlington) walk. Jack Weiller (Virginia) brought him home on a two out, RBI single to left.
With the game tied at one going into the seventh, Mike Madej (NW Florida State) led off with a base hit that was followed by a Troike hit by pitch and a Will Wagner (Liberty) walk. Renning hit a sacrifice fly to score Madej, then later on in the inning Wagner scored when Weiller was caught stealing.
The easiest run the Kingfish scored all day was on their first home run of the season in the eighth inning. Evan McDonald (Fairleigh Dickinson) smacked an 0-2 fastball to deep left center for a no doubt home run. McDonald had nine home runs in college this past season.
The Kingfish continue the road trip Saturday evening with the series finale against the Woodchucks at Athletic Park. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. CT and fans can listen in to the game 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 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.