Chinooks Win in Dramatic Fashion
Lakeshore right-fielder Adam Huesman (Dayton) hit a walk-off double, and the Chinooks beat the Rafters, 2-1.
“I had a chance to knock him (Tanner Dearman) in, and when you’re in that situation, you just want to stay calm,” said Huesman. “If he throws that pitch right there, you know you want to give it a good swing, and tonight I got lucky and did just that.”
Right-hander Travis Hissong (Wright State) pitched six impressive innings in a no-decision. He gave up one run off six hits. Hissong struck out nine Rafters hitters.
Chinooks Field Manager Eddy Morgan was impressed by his pitching staff’s effort Friday night. “Our pitchers tonight were the story of the game…Hissong has a bright future, he has two pitches that he can throw at any count besides that fastball,” he said.
Hissong was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night for June 6.
The Rafters struck first in the fifth. Second-baseman Michael Hurwitz hit a single. Then, Kirby McGuire drove in Hurwitz with a triple. Wisconsin Rapids led 1-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Chinooks got on the board with a Mitch Ghelfi (UW-Milwaukee) solo home run.
Hissong was replaced by lefty Jake Tuttle, a second-year Chinooks player out of the UW-Milwaukee. Tuttle pitched two innings and issued two walks. He also had a strikeout. Bryce Beeler (Memphis) came on for Tuttle in the ninth. The righty had one strikeout and received the win for Lakeshore.
“Tuttle came in and did what we wanted him to do, he came in and threw strikes,” Morgan also said. “Beeler, one of our two closers, he came right in there and gave us a chance, and that’s all we could ask.”
Tanner Dearman (Wichita State) pinch-ran after Ryan Krill (Michigan State) walked to start the bottom of the ninth. Huesman hit his double to left field off of Wisconsin Rapids reliever Sloan Dieter.
The Chinooks complete their home stand versus the Rafters Saturday at 6:35 p.m. The team travels to face the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Sunday and Monday. They will also travel to play the Madison Mallards, before returning for a six-game home stand Wednesday.
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.