Kingfish Take Two From Chinooks
Kenosha, Wis. – The Kingfish (31-30) sweep the Lakeshore Chinooks (37-34), taking them down in Lakeshore and then in Kenosha. The first game was a 14 inning marathon that lasted almost five hours, but saw Kenosha come away with an 11-8 win. Game two went only six due to city curfew, with Kingfish finishing on top 9-2.
In game one, Cale Cuddie (UW-Stevens Point) got his ninth start of the season. His night ended after one inning when he gave up four runs on five hits. Five more pitchers came to the mound after Cuddie, starting with Garrett McGraw (Madison College) who went two innings, giving up two runs on one hit.
The third arm was Colton Gordon (Florida) who had a great performance for the Kingfish, pitching a great 5.1 innings allowing no runs on only two hits and striking out two. Next up was your winning pitcher, Jack Zimmerman (Kent State), who pitched a great 4.2 innings allowing no runs on only two hits and striking out seven Chinooks.
Brady Kais (McHenry CC) was in relief of Zimmerman, and went 0.2 innings allowing two runs on two hits. The sixth and final Kingfish pitcher was Josh Serio (UW-Milwaukee) who earned his eighth save of the year after getting the last out of the ballgame in the 14th inning, via a strikeout.
For Lakeshore, four pitcher came to the mound starting with Nick Campe (Olivet Nazarene). He went three innings allowing five runs, two earned, walking five batter and striking out two. In relief of Campe was Carl Renz (Iowa Lakes CC) who pitched 4.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits.
Aidan Wojciehowski (Loras) received his first loss of the season, coming in after Renz and pitched six innings, allowing five runs on five hits. The final pitcher of the night was Griffin Dey (Yale), who threw the last 0.2 innings in his first appearance of the season.
Game two saw Kingfish starter NIck Long (Florida), go all six innings allowing two runs, one earned, and striking out seven. This earned Long his first win of the summer.
Lakeshore sent three pitchers to the mound in game two, starting with Mason Madalinski (Olivet Nazarene) who went three innings and gave up four runs on four hits. Next was position player, Takahiro Yamada (Dayton) who didn’t record an out but gave up five runs. Lastly, position player Dallas Beaver (Central Florida) pitched the last two innings without allowing a run or a hit.
For the Kingfish offense, there were a lot of opportunities to produce in 20 innings, with Evan McDonald (Fairleigh Dickinson), Marty Bechina (Michigan State) and WIll Wagner (Liberty University) taking advantage of those.
McDonald went 3-7, hitting his seventh double of the season and knocking in two runs. Thirdbaseman WIll Wagner went 2-6 in game one, also knocking in two runs for the Kingfish. Bechina had one two hits on the day, but they were big ones. A grandslam in the 14th inning of game one and a three-run homerun in game two.
With the Kingfish taking two today, their second-half record is now 18-9 extending their lead to 2.5 games. The playoff chances are building for Kenosha with each win, and they look to build on that Thursday, August 2nd when they take on the Wisconsin Woodchucks in another doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for 4:30.
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