WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – In their final game in Wisconsin Rapids this year, the Kenosha Kingfish (12-19) lost 16-5 to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-18).
The Kingfish finished 1-3 at Witter Field this season, winning their only game Saturday. Wisconsin Rapids is the second destination they have finished traveling to this season, including Wausau, Wis. Both teams will still travel to Historic Simmons Field once more.
Casey Kempner (Parkland CC) started the game for Kenosha, his second start of the year. Kempner went 3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Kempner took the loss, his second on the season.
The Kingfish got on the board quickly, scoring four runs in the first. Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) walked to lead off the ballgame and Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) singled to put runners on the corners. Jack Weiller (Virginia) walked to load the bases and set up Devin Ortiz (Virginia) with two outs.
Ortiz ripped a single to right and it allowed two runs to come home. Both Ortiz and Weiller moved up on an error which set up Connor Doyle (San Diego). Doyle followed suit and singled home Weiller and Ortiz.
The only other Kingfish run of the ballgame came in the fifth inning when Weiller singled home Yalowitz.
Max Rimac (Parkland CC), Colton Gordon (Florida), Brady Kais (McHenry CC) and Doyle all pitched at least one inning. Kais had a very good bottom of the seventh when he only allowed a walk and no runs to come across the plate.
Gordon and Shane Shifflet (Florida) both made their Kingfish debuts Sunday. They joined the team Saturday after making it to the College World Series with the University of Florida. Their collegiate teammate and former Kingfish Nick Long should join the team this week.
The Kingfish will continue the road trip Monday with a single game against the Lakeshore Chinooks (14-18) at 1:35 p.m. The game can be listened to 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.