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GREEN BAY, Wis. – In their final matchup of the season, the Kenosha Kingfish (29-30) defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs (23-37) 9-3.

The game was closely contested throughout as Joe Vranesic (Wabash Valley) made his seventh start of the season. Vranesic continued his streak of good starts going 5.2 innings while allowing only one earned run. The Bullfrogs scored three total off of Vranesic but an error by the catcher caused two to become unearned. Vranesic struck out two batters as well.

The Kingfish scored the first run of the ballgame as Connor Doyle (San Diego) and Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) reached on walks and Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) was put on after being hit by a pitch. Doyle came home to score on a Will Wagner (Liberty) fielder’s choice.

Carson McCusker (Oklahoma State) replaced Yalowitz in the next inning and McCusker made his surprise appearance matter. McCusker homered on the very first pitch he saw, his first on the season. Green Bay would tie it up at two though later in the third inning.

The Kingfish took back the lead in the fifth when Marty Bechina (Michigan State) hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Doyle again.

While the Bullfrogs would tie things once again, the Kingfish retook the lead in the seventh and never looked back. Doyle scored again, this time on a wild pitch. Dubrule would be brought home next on a double by Bechina.

Kenosha opened things up in the eighth inning by sending ten batters to the plate. Bryce Carter (Stanford), Mike Madej (NW Florida State), Doyle and Dubrule all scored as the Kingfish took four walks in the inning.

Doyle ended the night 1-for-2 with four walks and four runs scored. Dubrule had a nice evening as well going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, two runs scored and one walk. McCusker was 1-for-1 with his home run and then took three walks and scored a run as well.

Keanu Mendez (Concordia-St. Paul) picked up the win as he only allowed a walk in an inning and a third while Alex McIntosh (UW-Milwaukee) closed up shop only allowing a hit over two innings.

The Green Bay Bullfrogs will be moving stadiums and adopting a new team name with the move, making Tuesday the last Kingfish-Bullfrog matchup in history.

Wednesday is a league-wide doubleheader day with the Kingfish playing a home-and-home with the Lakeshore Chinooks (27-32). First pitch for the morning game is at 11:35 p.m. with the evening game scheduled at Historic Simmons Field for 7:05 p.m. Both games can be listened to on the Kenosha Kingfish Radio Network on Ustream while the nightcap can be watched online on Northwoods League TV.

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.

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