Kingfish Drop Close One to Woodchucks
WAUSAU, Wis. – For the final time in Wausau this year, the Kenosha Kingfish (5-6) dropped a closely contested game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (5-7) 5-2.
Keanu Mendez (Concordia) made his second start with the Kingfish this summer and was able to strand runners in his time on the mound. Mendez only allowed three runs over four innings of work and left five Woodchucks on-base over that time. He was also able to chalk up three strikeouts in the loss.
At the plate, David Renning (UT-Arlington) was able to reach base twice with a walk and hit by pitch. The Kingfish stayed close throughout the game, driving in runs in key situations. Like in the third inning when Noah Croft (Wichita State) led off the inning with a single down the third base side. Croft advanced to third on a Mike Madej (NW Florida State) double and then scored on a Ben Troike (Illinois) sacrifice fly.
The Kingfish scored their second run in the fourth inning when Charlie Harrigan (Miami-Ohio) doubled to deep right and scored Renning from second.
Jake Gross picked up the win for the Woodchucks and Lenny Gwizdala came in for the ninth to pick up his fourth save on the year. Jack Weiller (Virginia) got the unique distinction of picking up the first base hit by an opposing batter against Gwizdala this season.
The Kingfish will wrap up the road trip on Sunday when they travel to Madison (9-3) to take on the rival Mallards for the first time this season. Madison comes into the game on a seven-game winning streak. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. CT. Colton Johnson (Illinois State) will be on the mound making his third start with the Kingfish. You can listen to the game like always online 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.