One Hit Wonder
The Lakeshore Chinooks notched their seventh consecutive victory on Wednesday.
Brett Siddall (Canisius) drew a leadoff walk by Kyle Slack in the tenth inning. Pinch-runner Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) advanced to second on a wild pitch. He also stole third base, and then scored on a wild pitch Slack. The Chinooks won the contest, 3-2.
“To be honest with you, I wasn’t really thinking too much, just trying to get a good jump,” Noll said. “I noticed that he was one looking at second base, and I just took off.”
Starting pitching for both Lakeshore and Battle Creek was excellent.
Arkansas Razorback James Teague started his fifth game for the Chinooks. He went six and one-third innings. He gave up two runs off six hits. Teague also recorded six strikeouts.
For his performance, Teague was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night for the second time this season
Battle Creek starter Joe Mockbee tossed seven, one-hit innings. He gave up two runs, walked three and struck out two.
The left-hander Mockbee took a no-hitter into sixth. Sawyer Polen (Kent State) drew a leadoff walk. Left fielder Michael Morman (Valparaiso) advanced on a fielder’s choice and Polen reached third on an error. Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) got the Chinooks’ first hit of the game, a two-RBI single.
In the seventh, the Bombers responded and tied the game. The righty Teague gave up back-to-back hits to Henri Latrigue and Justin Stawychny. Both scored on a single by second baseman Sebastian Diaz.
Southpaw Jake Tuttle (UW-Milwaukee) continued to shine for the Chinooks. In two and two-thirds innings, he surrendered no hits. He issued two walks and struck out three. Tuttle struck out both Spencer Thornton and Laz Rivera swinging to get out of a jam in the seventh.
Right-hander Alden Cartwright pitched two scoreless innings for the Bombers. He also struck out three Lakeshore hitters.
Andrew Elliott (Wright State) picked up his second win in relief. In one inning, he had one strikeout.
The righty Slack (2-3) got his third loss of the season.
The La Crosse Loggers come to Kapco Park on Thursday (6:35 p.m.) and Friday (7:05 p.m.). The team will travel to play at Green Bay on Saturday and Sunday. They have the day off on Monday, July 14, before starting a four-game home stand.
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.