On Saturday, the Lakeshore Chinooks won a franchise-record ninth game in a row.
Behind the bats of Michael Morman (Richmond) and Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee), the Chinooks took game one against the Bullfrogs, 6-5.
Morman went 2-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Meeteer was 1-4, scored a run and drove in two runs as well.
Third baseman Ryan Koziol led off the second with a single. The Bullfrogs took a 1-0 lead on a base hit by Paul Jacobson.
Lakeshore gained the lead in the fourth. With one out, Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) and Zack Bowers (Georgia) drew consecutive walks. The third baseman Valach scored on a Morman single. Bowers scored on a wild pitch by Bullfrogs starter Garrett Harrison.
The Bullfrogs responded in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Howell began the inning with a double off Joe Pavlovich (UW-Oshkosh). Dean Long advanced on a walk. Howell and Long scored on a two-RBI single by Jacobson.
Sawyer Polen (Kent State) led off the fifth with a single. He advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on a Blake Butler putout. Mitch Ghelfi (UW-Milwaukee) drove Polen in with a double off Harrison.
In the seventh, Green Bay scored two runs and took the lead, 5-3. Designated-hitter Brian Celsi hit a single with one out. Matthew de la Rosa then hit a double off Chinooks reliever Hunter Devall (LSU). Celsi scored on a putout. Ryan Koziol also had an RBI single.
The Chinooks gained a 6-5 advantage in the eighth. Michael Morman hit another single off right-hander Cody Pollack. Connor McKay (Kansas) drew his second walk of the game. The center fielder Meeteer hit a two-RBI triple that tied the game. Meeteer also scored on a squeeze bunt by Sawyer Polen.
Pavlovich went four innings. He gave up three runs off six hits and struck out one.
The left-hander Devall (1-0) got his first win. In three innings, he surrendered two runs off four hits. He also had two strikeouts.
Fellow lefty Jake Tuttle (UW-Milwaukee) picked up a save in two scoreless innings. In the ninth, he issued three walks, which loaded the bases with one out. He got two pivotal flyouts to end the inning.
Pollack (0-1) took the loss for the Bullfrogs. In one and one-third innings, he gave up three runs off two hits and walked one.
The team will face Green Bay again tomorrow, Sunday, July 13. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. They have the day off on Monday, July 14, before starting a four-game home stand. Lakeshore will take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Green Bay Bullfrogs.
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.