Chinooks Spoil Record-Breaking Performance
La Crosse, Wis. – The Loggers fell at Copeland on a 3-run 9th by the Chinooks. The loss spoils a single season hit record broken by Mason McCoy in the 2nd inning.
The first pitch of the bottom of the 1st beaned Mason McCoy. Brock Lundquist (Long Beach State) lined a ground rule double into the right field corner. Alex Merritt (North Florida) brought in the first run on an error by the first baseman. A Will Savage (Columbia) single and another Chinook error gave La Crosse an early 3-0 lead.
Mason McCoy broke the Logger single season hits record with a home run blast off the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Alex Merritt scored in the 3rd off a Jordan Pearce (Nevada) double to center.
Lakeshore got on the board, after three scoreless innings by Nolan Gromacki (Missouri), off a league-leading 11th home run of the season by Lucas Raley (Lake Erie). The next four Chinook batters reached to bring in two more runs. Matt Naylor (North Florida) came in to relieve Gromacki, but not before David Edson (USC) knocked two more in on a single to short left field to tie the game.
The game did not stay tied for long. Jordan Zimmerman (Michigan State) walked and scored on a pickoff that overthrew the first baseman. Brock Lundquist also came around to score on a Jordan Pearce single to left. Chris Baker (Washington) led off the 5th with a solo home run that just barely escaped the glove of the center fielder.
Lakeshore answered back in the 6th by loading the bases with no one out. The first pitch from Logger reliever Michael Echavia was lined into the left field corner for a bases clearing double.
Alex Merritt gave the lead back to La Crosse with the third leadoff home run of the game.
Controversy occurred when NWL All-star closer Ty Provencher (Long Beach State) was brought into the game in the 8th, but asked to go to the bench by the umpires. Ryan Marks (Columbia) came in and cleaned up thr 8th but struggled in the 9th. Doug Kraeger (Richmond) opened the inning with a game-tying home run. Three more hits put Lakeshore in the lead going into the bottom of the 9th.
La Crosse could not pull out the comeback as they fell 11-9. La Crosse falls to 7-6 on the half and 26-21 overall. The next record to look at for Mason McCoy is the Loggers single season runs record. With the two today, Mason McCoy is in 2nd place all-time with 51 runs.
Next up for the Lumbermen are the Mallards in a day-night doubleheader at the Duck Pond. Catch the game on the Logger Radio Network; pregame starts at 11:30.