The Lakeshore Chinooks took on the Rochester Honkers for the first time ever on Wednesday night at Kapco Park. After a storm rolled through prior to the game, game-play was underway. Rochester jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but as always Lakeshore struck back with four RBI’s from Sawyer Polen leading to an 8-4 victory. Polen stated, “It felt like I was locked in tonight, I was seeing everything well. I let the ball get deep and did what I could with it.”
The Honkers came into Wednesday scoring first in their past seven games. They continued their streak against the Chinooks in the top of the 2nd inning with an RBI single to left field by Mike Friel taking an early 1-0 lead.
Lakeshore came back to take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Eli Roundtree (Missouri Baptist) led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. After two quick outs, Andrew Stevenson (LSU) hit a bullet single up the middle to put two men on for Sawyer Polen (Kent State) who launched a three run blast over the left-center wall giving the Chinooks a 3-1 lead. This was Polen’s third home run of the season.
Travis Enger (St. Cloud State) led the 5th inning off with a single. Enger then took second base on a wild pitch with two outs setting himself up for Sawyer Polen who drove an RBI double down the left field line tacking on another run for a 4-1 advantage.
Rochester crept back in the top of the 6th inning. The Honkers led off the innings with two walks and a double steal to put runners on second and third base. After a pitching change, Max Murphy smacked an RBI ground out cutting the Chinook lead to 4-2.
They continued in the top of the 7th inning. After the Chinooks looked like they were out of the inning with a great play getting an out at third base. The Honkers put runners on the corners with two outs. Rochester then smacked what looked to be the third out of the inning but a costly error resulted in a run to score making the game interesting at 4-3.
The Chinooks regained a commanding lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Mike Papi (Virginia) ripped a two RBI single down the right field line. Then, Aaron Machbitz (South Dakota State) came up with runners on the corners and belted a towering fly ball that the Honkers outfielder lost in the lights resulting in another run to cross home. Jared Fon (UW-Whitewater) capped the four run inning as he drove an RBI sacrifice fly pushing the lead to 8-3.
The top of the 8th inning was yet another one run inning for the Honkers. With a man on second base, Rochester muscled an RBI single making the score 8-4.
Mitchell Sewald (LSU) came in to close out the game in the 9th inning for his sixth save of the season giving the Chinooks an 8-4 win.
Chinooks starter Joe Pavlovich (UW-Oshkosh) went five innings giving up two runs on two hits and striking out five.
The Lakeshore Chinooks (18-6) wrap up the two game set with the Rochester Honkers Thursday, August 1st at 6:35 PM. The Chinooks organization appreciates our loyal fans and will celebrate fan appreciation night with many activities throughout the game on Thursday!