Bright Future for Chinooks
The five representatives from the Lakeshore Chinooks in the 19th All-Star game in Eau Claire made their mark. Although the South Division was defeated 7-5, a strong game was played by all continuing to prove why the Northwoods League is one of the best collegiate leagues around. Ryan Krill (MSU) forced three walks and score once. Sawyer Polen (Kent State) played the whole game and scored a run in a big inning for the South. Mike Hollenbeck (Illinois State) went 2-2 at the plate and smacked an RBI single to bring home another run. Tyler Thicke (UW-Milwaukee) threw an inning along with Kyle Bouman (St. Louis) who threw two innings. The Chinooks continue to sit at the top of the South Division in the second half at 17-6. Thicke stated, “It was a great experience. We may not have won, but knowing I am able to call myself an all-star is a great accomplishment for me.”
On Monday, July 29th the Madison Mallards hosted the first Big League Dreams Showcase. This showcase featured a day of workouts followed by a double-header. Similar to an all-star game, the best players in the Northwoods League were selected by MLB Scouts including Andrew Stevenson (LSU), Mike Papi (Virginia), Donnie Hissa (Notre Dame) and Mitchell Sewald (LSU) that represented the Chinooks. After the South won the first game 9-4, the Chinooks players competed in the second game. The South team fell behind early 7-1 but made a late comeback that fell just short falling 7-6. Andrew Stevenson had two hits a walk and an RBI. Mike Papi recorded a double, two walks and an RBI. Donnie Hissa pitched one no-hit inning. Mitchell Sewald pitched the 3rd inning allowing two hits and recording 1 strikeout.
The Chinooks continue to sit on top in the South Division with the season coming to a close. The Lakeshore Chinooks are currently on their final home stand of the season with their final regular season home game being Saturday, August 3rd. The Chinooks conclude their season on an eight game road trip in hope to stir up a playoff spot!