Kingfish Drop First Game of Series Against Rafters
Kenosha, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (5-9) lost to the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters (10-5) by a score of 8-1.
Starting on the mound for the Fish Tuesday night was Kaleb Schmidt (Drury University). Schmidt threw 85 pitches completing five innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out four. Jake Kopp (Madison College) came in relief in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 innings, giving up two earned runs including a homerun.
Kevin Napoleon (Butler) entered in the seventh inning, and pitched 1.1 innings allowing two earned runs and striking out three. Josh Serio (UW-Milwaukee) came in to pitch the ninth, allowing one earned run on one hit and striking out two.
The Rafters put Brecken Lewis (Dixie State) on the mound on Tuesday night. He pitched six strong innings allowing four hits and striking out six. Kyle Hodgson (Framingham State) followed Lewis, pitching two innings and allowing the one run for the Kingfish, an inside the park homerun by Devin Ortiz (Virginia). Hunter Waldis (Seton Hall) pitched the final inning for the Rafters on Tuesday night.
The Rafters scored eight runs on eleven hits, including two homeruns by Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) and Brody Wofford (Central Florida).
For the Kingfish, Devin Ortiz’s inside the park homerun was the highlight of the night with the ball getting hung up in the lights in center field. The ball bounced off the wall, and Ortiz hustled all the way around the bases to score the only run of the game for the Fish. Jack Weiller (Virginia) also had a good night at the plate going 2-4.
The Kingfish will be back for game of the series tomorrow night, June 13th, against the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters. First pitch at Historic Simmons Field is 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.