Kingfish Winstreak Ends Against Growlers
Kenosha, Wis. – The Kingfish (18-22) drop the second game of the series against the Kalamazoo Growlers (26-15) by a score of 14-4. Going into this game, the Fish had the longest win streak in the Northwoods League at six games.
Kaleb Schmidt (Drury University) started his eighth game of the season, getting his fourth loss. He went five full innings, allowing six runs, six of them earned, and striking out four. The next pitcher was Brady Kais (McHenry CC) who went one inning, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out one.
The last three pitchers of the night for the Kingfish were Garrett McGraw (Madison College), Colton Gordon-Zimring (Florida) and Max Rimac (Parkland CC). McGraw can in the game in the seventh inning, pitching 1.2 innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, and struck out one.
Gordon-Zimring went 0.2 innings allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out one. The only pitcher to not allow a run on the night was Rimac, getting the last two outs in the ninth inning. He allowed one hit in his appearance and no walks.
The Growlers put Kyle Virbitsky (Penn State) on the mound to start the game, and he went four innings, allowing three runs on ten hits. Two of those runs were earned and he struck out two batters. Next up was Jeff Burch (Kalamazoo Valley CC) who earned his second win of the season for his performance. He went three innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out five.
The last two up for Kalamazoo was Andrew O’Dwyer (Tennessee Tech) and Austin Laurencig (Kalamazoo Valley CC). O’Dwyer went one inning, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out one. Laurencig also went one inning, allowing one run on one hit.
The offensive for the Kingfish wasn’t as hot as the past few games, although they tallied 14 hits on the night. The Fish ran into problems leaving 13 players on base, including at least on every inning. Highlights at the plate for Kenosha was Devin Ortiz (Virginia) who hit second homerun of the season, and Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) who went 1-4 including two RBI’s.
Starting tomorrow, the Kingfish start a four game road trip, beginning with Madison for two games and ending with Battle Creek for two. They then return on Saturday, July 14th, where they take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at 6:05.
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.