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Published On: June 20th, 2016

La Crosse, Wisc.- It seems every time the Loggers face the Kingfish, it turns out to be a game full of intensity. Tonight was no different. Unfortunately, Kenosha finished on top, 9-6.

Marty Bechina (Michigan State) took the 2nd pitch he saw over the outfield wall in left-center field, with a runner on bases, to take a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

La Crosse responded in the bottom of the 1st by loading the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk in the 1st 3 batters. A strikeout brought up Logger right fielder Lorenzo Hampton Jr. (California). He hit a grounder to 2nd base, but an overthrow by Kingfish shortstop Micah Coffey (Minnesota) allowed Mason McCoy (Iowa) to score from 3rd and Garrett Zech (South Florida) from 2nd.

Kenosha took the lead back in the next inning with a double over Garrett Zech’s (South Florida) head in center field, scoring Logan Starnes (Eastern Kentucky).

La Crosse loaded the bases in the bottom of the 2nd with one out, but Kenosha starting pitcher Alex Hamilton (Eastern Kentucky) struck out two straight Loggers to escape the inning.

Kevin Collard (San Diego) tied the game up with a home run to right field. The Loggers continued with singles in 4 of the next 5 at-bats. The last one by Gavin Johns (UCLA) scored Luis Trevino (Houston) and Garrett Zech, putting La Crosse on top for the 1st time in the game, 5-3.

Graham Spraker (Quincy) held the Kingfish scoreless for 2.1 innings after a offensive-friendly start of the game. The Kingfish quickly got to his replacement, Connor Wollersheim (Kent State). A single by Pat McInerney (Illinois) and sacrifice fly to center by Gunnar McNeil tied the game up. Kingfish field manager surprised the Logger defense with a perfected placed safety squeeze by Nick Kanavas (Madison College) scored the go-ahead run.  

Once again, La Crosse tied it up just a half inning later. Grant Fennell (Nevada) broke a cold streak with a deep double to left-center, scoring Justin Wylie (San Diego State). This would make the 3rd time that the game had been tied.

Pat McInerney struck again in the top of the 9th. With runners on 1st and 3rd, with no outs, he hit a sacrifice fly to center field to retake the lead 7-6. Two more Kingfish crossed home plate on two singles to extend their lead to 3 going into the bottom of the 9th.

La Crosse threatened the lead in their last frame, but Griffin Conine struck out with two on to end the game. La Crosse falls to 12-8 on the season. After winning 8 straight, the Loggers have dropped 2 of their last 3. Kenosha moves to 8-12. Fortunately, the Loggers get their 1st off day of the season tomorrow and then travel to 1-18 Thunder Bay for two games.