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Lakeshore Tops Madison

The Chinooks only needed three runs and solid pitching performances on Saturday evening. Lakeshore came home victorious from Madison and defeated the Mallards, 3-1.

Southpaw Luke Lowery (Southern Mississippi) started the game for Lakeshore. He had appeared in eight previous games, all in relief.  He gave up one run on three hits. Lowery had two strikeouts as well.

Shortstop Blake Butler (College of Charleston) went 2-5 in the win. He hit a home run on the first pitch of the contest. After one inning, Lakeshore led the Mallards 1-0.

Second-year Chinooks third baseman Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) hit a double to left-center field off Christian Taugner. He scored on an infield single by Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee) in the second inning.

With two outs in the third, Taugner gave up back-to-back singles to Michael Morman (Valparaiso) and Ryan Krill (Michigan State). Valach once again reached base on an error by shortstop Adam Walton, Morman also scored on the play. The Chinooks took a 3-0 lead.

Madison put one run on the board in the fifth. Walton drew a walk by Lowery, who moved to third on a Will Krug single. Walton scored on an error by Chinooks catcher Zack Bowers (Georgia).

Lowery (3-0) picked his third win in his final Chinooks appearance this season. Fellow lefty Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina) came in for Lowery in the sixth. In three innings, he surrendered one hit and issued two walks. Andrew Elliott (Wright State) struck out two batters swinging in the ninth. The right-hander recorded his seventh save.

Taugner (1-1) took the loss for the Mallards. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits.

The Chinooks return to Kapco Park on Sunday to face the Mallards again. They will also play the Kenosha Kingfish in a split-location doubleheader on Monday, June 30. The team has the day off on July 1. They will travel to Michigan for four games against the Battle Creek Bombers and Kalamazoo Growlers, July 2-5.

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