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Late Inning Effort not Enough for Kingfish Against Mallards

 

Kenosha, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (5-8) fell just short to the Madison Mallards (10-3) in a nailbiter by the score of 5-3.

Jon Ostroff (George Mason) started on the mound for the Kingfish Monday, pitching four innings of scoreless baseball. He struck out one and only allowed two hits in his night of work. Casey Kempner (Parkland CC) came in relief of Ostroff, and gave up four runs to the Mallards in the sixth inning.

Jack Zimmerman (Kent State) came in the game in the seventh inning in his Kingfish debut and pitched two scoreless innings. In his solid appearance, he threw 23 pitches in those two innings, not allowing a hit and striking out four. Brady Kais (McHenry CC) came in the ninth and gave up one run on 24 pitches.

For the Mallards, starter Dalton Wiggins (Marietta College) threw six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. His good start was continued by Leon Hunter (North Carolina AT) who pitched two more scoreless innings.

The Mallards scored their first four runs on one swing, when David Vinsky (Northwood University) hit a grandslam in the top of the sixth inning. One more run was tacked on in the top of the ninth on a hit by Max Hewitt (Louisville).

In the bottom of the ninth, the Kingfish put together an effort that would make any coach proud, putting together a three run rally to bring some energy to Historic Simmons Field. After a walk from Mike Madej (Northwest Florida State) with the bases loaded for the first run of the ninth, Ben Troike (Illinois) came through with a two RBI single with the bases loaded to make the game 5-3.

Unfortunately, the comeback ended here with the Mallards closing out the game with two men still on base for the Fish.

The Kingfish will be back tomorrow night, June 12th, when they take on the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters at Simmons Field. First pitch set for 6:35.  

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.