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Published On: June 19th, 2012

The Lakeshore Chinooks began their inaugural season in the Northwoods League with a surprising 8-4 start. Both players and fans seemed pleasantly surprised by the immediate success of the expansion team. Traditionally, expansion teams struggle with finding an identity, gaining fan support, combining cohesive talents and personalities, and settling into a groove early on. The Chinooks manufactured a team from a pool of players spanning most of the country.

When Chinooks’ management began building this team they had a vision composed of uniquely skilled individuals who could each bring something to the team. Fortunately, fans have yet to see the complete product as a result of the College World Series going on this month in Omaha, Neb. This bodes well for the team, who seems in dire need of help after a recent 1-7 span of games. 

The Chinooks are still awaiting three of their signed players to arrive in town. The hope is that these three players, fresh-off competing against colleges’ best, will be just what the doctor prescribed in order to stabilize and eventually climb back up the standings in the South Division of the Northwoods League.

The Chinooks’ are expecting improved performances, both offensively and defensively, with the arrival of Ryan Harris (P, Florida), Brian Anderson (2B, Arkansas), and David Masters (SS, Arkansas).

Ryan Harris (Pitcher)


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Ryan Harris appeared on the mound in the 9th inning with 2 outs and a 7-3 deficit to South Carolina where he was given the chance to stop the bleeding for the gators. He walked one batter and got out of the inning giving up no runs. As a result, he gave his Gator teammates one more chance to rally in the bottom of the 9th, which they failed to do.

Florida was eliminated from the World Series Monday, June 18 by Kent State 4-5.


Brian Anderson (2B)


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Brian Anderson has proved to be a crucial member of the Razorback defense. His consistent play in the field has also transpired at the plate. In their most recent game, a 2-1 win against South Carolina on Monday June 18, Anderson scored the game winning run in the 4th inning after being walked.

Arkansas remains in the hunt for the College World Series Title.


David Masters (SS)


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David Masters is encouraging his Razorback teammates with his presence in the dugout and on the practice field. As a freshman, Masters is garnering first-hand experience of what it’s like to compete in a championship atmosphere.

The CWS double-elimination round wraps up on Friday, June 22, when the field will be narrowed to just two teams.