Kingfish Beat Rivets in Finale
ROCKFORD, Ill. – In the regular season finale, the Kenosha Kingfish (41-31) defeated the Rockford Rivets (28-43) by a score of 8-3.
The Kingfish got on the board early against the Rivets by singling with the first three batters. Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville), Matt McDermott (William & Mary) and Will Wagner (Liberty) were three in-a-row with base hits, with Wagner’s single being the one that scored Dubrule.
Nathan Aide (Madison College) and Jack Thelen (UW-Milwaukee) kept the string of hits going for Kenosha in the second inning when Thelen singled home Aide for his first base hit and RBI with Kenosha.
Bryce Carter (Oklahoma State) extended the lead for Kenosha in the third with an RBI single that scored Marty Bechina (Michigan State) from third. Bechina got on to lead off the inning with a triple into the left field corner.
The Rivets ended up tying the ballgame at three in the bottom of the fourth inning but the Kingfish responded with another run in the fifth. Carson McCusker (Oklahoma State) brought home the runner with a two-out single.
Two more were added in the sixth when Devin Ortiz (Virginia) drove home a run and another scored on an error. To add some insurance, Jack Weiller (Virginia) hit a two-run home run in the ninth, his second of the season.
Joe Vranesic (Wabash Valley) got the start and made the most of it by striking out 10 batters over seven innings of work. He allowed three runs but picked up the victory, improving to 4-3 on the season. Alex McIntosh (UW-Milwaukee) worked two innings in relief and earned his first save of the season.
The Kenosha Kingfish will host Game One of the Northwoods League Playoffs Monday night against either the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders or the Kalamazoo Growlers, depending on their games later Sunday. The game can be streamed online on Northwoods League TV or 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.