WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – In game two of their seven-game road trip, the Kenosha Kingfish (7-11) allowed three runs in the eighth inning to lose 4-3 to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (10-8).
Cale Cuddie (UW-Stevens Point) made a great start for the Kingfish, his third with the team this season. Cuddie went 5 innings allowing no runs on just one hit with three strikeouts and four walks. Cuddie set down the side in order three times before Manager Duffy Dyer went to the bullpen.
At the plate, the Kingfish scored first when they got their first hit in the fifth inning. Ben Troike (Illinois) led off the inning with a sharp single down the third base line. Devin Ortiz (Virginia) followed that up with a single to the right-center alley.
After a Noah Croft (Wichita State) walk, Mike Madej (NW Florida State) hit an RBI fielder’s choice to score Troike. Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) followed that up with an RBI single through the hole on the left side.
The Rafters scored one in the sixth inning before getting four straight hits in the eighth inning, going from down one to up two.
Kenosha did not go down without a fight though. Four straight walks loaded the bases and scored a run but that’s all they would get back.
The Kingfish continue their road trip tomorrow in game two against Wisconsin Rapids. Kaleb Schmidt (Drury) will be on the mound. Fans can follow along on Twitter and listen 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.