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Published On: June 13th, 2012

Carson Beauchaine (SVSU) owned the mound Wednesday night as the Chinooks battled the Green Bay Bullfrogs for the third time this season. The Chinooks opened their inaugural season in Green Bay with a successful 2-0 series at the end of May.

Wednesday’s game was familiar to the Chinooks in that pitching and defense proved crucial. Beauchaine pitched a strong 6 innings with 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, and 8 K’s. The Bullfrogs Bryce Bellin performed well on the mound, but was given no offensive support as he worked 5 1/3 innings with 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, and 4 K’s.  In both of Bellin’s starts this season, he has received no run support from his offense.

The first scare for the Chinooks came in the top of the 4th inning when Green Bay’s Alex Abrams was called out at home after an incredible throw by Bre Kimbell (Louisiana Tech) from right field to end the inning with no runs on the board.

“Honestly, I definitely should have caught that ball. It came in off a right handed stick and I thought it had a little tail on it. It ended sticking in there a little longer and then I guess I played it right, kind of played it back. I was pretty good throwing the ball and luckily it went right to the catcher. I’ll call that being a little lucky,” said Kimbell referring to his stunning throw-out at home.

The first and only run of the game came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Mat Harjung (Missouri Baptist) hit a RBI single to score Ty Young (Louisville) who reached home after a double and a Ryan Ussery (UAB) sac bunt.

The Chinooks’ offense put an end to their current trend of hitting singles with two extra-base hits by Kimbell and Harjung to spark the offense. They ended the game with 8 hits and loaded the bases twice in the 6th and 7th innings, but could not capitalize.

Beauchaine earned the W tonight, while Bellin received his 2nd loss of the season with 1 run given up and no run-support from his own team.

The series continues tomorrow at 6:35p.m. as the Chinooks look to regain control of first place in the Northwoods League South Division. The Chinooks currently stand at 9-6, in second place, trailing the La Crosse Loggers by a 1/2 game.