Chinooks Sweep at Kalamazoo
Lakeshore pitching was solid once again, and the Chinooks swept the Growlers on Saturday night. The final score was 5-1.
Righty Joe Pavlovich (UW-Oshkosh) picked up his fourth victory of the season. In six innings, he gave up one run off four hits. He issued one walk and struck out two.
Second-year Chinooks third baseman Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) led the team in hitting. He went 2-5, scored two runs and had an RBI.
The Chinooks took a 1-0 lead in the second. Valach hit a single off Growlers starter Dylan Haviland. He then advanced to second on a throwing error by third baseman Karl Sorenson. Connor McKay (Kansas) drove Valach in with a double.
Sorenson hit a triple in the fourth off Pavlovich. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Yarnall. The game was tied at one.
In the seventh, designated-hitter Kyle Wood (Purdue) was hit by a pitch. Ryan Larson (Florida) pinch-ran for Wood. Lakeshore catcher Carter White (Memphis) advanced on a single, and Haviland was replaced by Eric Hall.
Larson scored on a Blake Butler (College of Charleston) sac fly to left field. Brett Siddall (Canisius) also had an RBI pinch-hit single. The Chinooks had a 3-1 advantage over the Growlers.
Valach had another single in the eighth off Devon Bronson. He scored again on a double by Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee)
The Chinooks tacked one more run on the board in the ninth. Kalamazoo lefty Josh Long issued a walk to Brett Siddall. He scored on a double by Brant Valach.
Fellow right-hander Mike Letkewicz (Augustana College) replaced Pavlovich in the seventh. He pitched two-thirds of an inning.
Southpaw Jake Tuttle (UW-Milwaukee) pitched one and one-third innings and struck out two. In 11 relief appearances, he has not given up a single run. He has 16 strikeouts and has walked four.
Louisiana State left-hander Hunter Devall struck out the side in the ninth. He got Ryan Lidge, Jalen Phillips and Dylan Ahern all swinging.
The lefty Haviland (2-4) took the loss for the Growlers. In six and one-third innings, he gave up three runs (two earned) off three hits.
The Chinooks will begin a two-game series versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs tomorrow, July 6. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. This will start a six-game home stand for the team.
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