BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – In their final game at Battle Creek this season, the Kenosha Kingfish (21-23) shutout the Battle Creek Bombers (22-23) en route to a 4-0 victory Friday.
Denson Hull (Creighton) pitched a brilliant game for Kenosha on the mound Friday evening, his third start against Battle Creek this season. Hull pitched seven innings, which matched his most on in an outing on the season, and allowed no runs on just three hits. Hull also struck out seven batters, his second-most on the year. He now leads the entire Kingfish squad with 35 strikeouts on the year.
The Kingfish got on the board early in the ballgame when Connor Doyle (San Diego) singled in the second. Doyle came around to score when the very next batter, Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville), doubled down the first base side. Doyle scored when the throw back into the infield was off-line to second.
The game stayed at 1-0 for all of the middle innings. Both the Bombers and Kingfish were getting runners on but no one was able to bring them home.
The Kingfish extended their lead in the eighth inning when Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) and Evan McDonald (Fairleigh Dickinson) got on to lead off the inning. Yalowitz was able to score when Will Wagner (Liberty) reached on an error by the catcher, moving both remaining runners into scoring position.
Jack Weiller (Virginia) followed that up with an RBI single to center to bring home McDonald. With two outs, Doyle was then able to single and bring home Wagner.
Kevin Napoleon (Butler) made an appearance out of the bullpen and pitched two perfect innings to close it out. Napoleon looked really good with his breaking pitches, setting down four batters with strikeouts.
With the win and Lakeshore being suspended by rain, the Kenosha Kingfish now hold a half-game lead for first place in the second half and sit at 8-2. A second half division title would lock the Kingfish into the 2018 Northwoods League Playoffs.
Kenosha comes back to Historic Simmons Field tomorrow to face off against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-24) for a two-game set. The game can be watched online on Northwoods League TV and listened to for free on the Kenosha Kingfish Radio Network on Ustream.
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.