KALAMAZOO, Mich. – For the final time at Homer Stryker Field this season, the Kenosha Kingfish (39-31) defeated the Kalamazoo Growlers (40-30) 8-3.
Denson Hull made the start for the Kingfish, his team leading 13th on the season. Hull went 5.2 innings allowing just three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Hull picked up the win, improving his record to 4-2 on the season.
The Kingfish got out to a hot start in the first inning when they put six runs on Kalamazoo starter Jack Nelson. Mike Madej (NW Florida State) and Marty Bechina (Michigan State) both scored on a Jack Weiller (Virginia) double. Weiller, Devin Ortiz (Virginia), and Bryce Carter (Stanford) were then brought home on a bases clearing double by Carson McCusker (Oklahoma State). The Kingfish weren’t done though, as Nathan Aide (Madison College) doubled home McCusker before being stranded by the next batter.
Kalamazoo got on the board in second with two runs and added one more in the sixth to get within three, but that was as close as they would come.
The Kingfish would add one in the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice by Matt McDermott (William & Mary) and one more in the ninth on a McCusker sacrifice fly.
Alex McIntosh (UW-Milwaukee) and Garrett McGraw (Madison College) worked out of the bullpen in the sixth, seventh, and eighth with neither of them allowing a run. Josh Serio (UW-Milwaukee) closed the game out in the ninth in a non-save situation.
The Kingfish have already locked up a home playoff game but will finish out the regular season with a series against the Rockford Rivets. The final regular season game at Historic Simmons Field is this Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch. The game can be watched online on Northwoods League TV and listened to on Ustream 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. Now in 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, over 200 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.greenbaybullfrogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bullfrogs as your favorite team.