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Lakeshore Takes Game One at Kalamazoo

The Chinooks kept things rolling at the Kalamazoo Growlers on Monday. They collected 10 hits and won by a final of 6-2.

Lakeshore starting pitcher Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 3.52 ERA) a lefty from East Carolina University, pitched five solid innings.  He gave up one run on five hits and struck out three.

In the second, Michael Morman (Valparaiso) hit a leadoff single. Designated hitter Zack Bowers (UGA) drove in Morman on a single. First baseman Ryan Krill also scored in the inning, and the team led 2-0.

Morman hit another single in the fourth. Then, the team’s batting leader Ryan Krill (.438 BA, 5 games) took a pitch off Kalamazoo starter Caleb Barager. Bowers drove in Morman to take a 3-0 lead.

Chinooks southpaw Kyle Wood (Purdue) relieved Kruczynski in the sixth. This was his first pitching appearance of the season. In two innings, he gave up no runs and also struck out two Growlers hitters.

Nic Barnes (UW-La Crosse) hit a leadoff single in the seventh. Center fielder Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee) followed with a double. Brett Siddall drove in Barnes with a single. Morman got his third hit of the game, a double that scored both Meeteer and Siddall.

Barager (0-2) received the loss. He surrendered three runs off four hits in three innings of work.

The team plays Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. They will return home Wednesday for a four-game homestand versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel<http://northwoodsleague.com/video/>. For more information, visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com.