Lakeshore collected 10 hits behind a strong effort by starting pitcher Cam Vieaux (Michigan State). The Chinooks shut out the Bombers, 9-0.
The southpaw Vieaux got his second win of the season. In six innings, he gave up one hit. Vieaux recorded seven strikeouts and walked one.
Field manager Eddy Morgan spoke praises of his starter. “Cam Vieaux was tremendous, he attacked with three pitches,” he said. “He was really sharp tonight…he is what we’d thought he would be when we signed him.”
Vieaux was also named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night for June 24.
First baseman Michael Morman (Valparaiso) went 3-3 with a single, double, and triple in the game. He had two RBIs and scored two runs as well.
The Chinooks took a 2-0 lead in the second. Morman (Valparaiso) got a double off Bombers starter Austen Thrailkill. Morman scored on an error by catcher Jordan Hand. Thrailkill issued a walk to Mitch Ghelfi (UW-Milwaukee), who eventually scored on an error by shortstop Brandon Van Horn.
In the third, Lakeshore exploded for four runs. Blake Butler (College of Charleston) led off the bottom of the third with a walk. Designated-hitter Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) bunted and reached second on another error by Hand. Butler scored on an RBI groundout by Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois).
Brett Siddall (Canisius) drew a walk by Thrailkill. Morman got his second basehit of the game, a triple that scored Noll and Siddall. Connor McKay (Kansas) advanced to first on a drop third strike, and Morman came across home plate.
Noll hit an inside the park home run in the fourth off Battle Creek reliever Matt Rhodes. The Chinooks led the Bombers 7-0.
The Chinooks scored again in the sixth. Butler drew another walk. Pinch-hitter Kyle Wood (Purdue) got on base with a single. Valach got his second RBI of the game on a double that brought Butler home. With no outs, lefty Dillion Engle replaced Rhodes.
Engle issued consecutive walks to Siddall and Morman. Wood scored on the walk to Morman.
Right-hander Sterling Koerner (Florida Gulf Coast) entered for Vieaux in the seventh. Third baseman Connor Panas hit a leadoff single. Then, Henri Lartrigue and Sebastian Diaz reached base on errors by Michael Morman and Sawyer Polen (Kent State). The pair scored on an error by Blake Butler, and Battle Creek trailed 9-2. The runs scored by the Bombers did not count in the game’s final score.
Due to foggy field conditions, the game was delayed at 8:55 p.m. The game was called around 9:35 p.m., after six official innings.
The left-hander Thrailkill (0-2) lasted only two and two-thirds innings. He surrendered six runs (three earned) off five hits. He walked three and struck out three.
The team will take on the Bombers again on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The Eau Claire Express will play the Chinooks in Mequon on Thursday (6:35 p.m.) and Friday (7:05 p.m.).
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.