Chinooks Sweep, Win Fifth Straight
On Sunday, the Lakeshore Chinooks swept the La Crosse Loggers and notched their fifth consecutive win.
Illinois State left-hander Will Headean (1-1) went six solid innings. He gave up one run off six hits and picked up his first win. Headean struck out five Logger hitters as well.
Second baseman Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) led the Chinooks’ offense. He went 2-5 with a solo homer and 2 RBI.
In the second, Lakeshore took a 2-0 lead. Third baseman Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) was hit by Ty Provencher to lead off the inning. Zack Bowers (Georgia) advanced on a single. Valach then scored on a Kyle Wood (Purdue) double. Third-year Chinooks first baseman Ryan Krill also hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the inning.
Valach led off the fourth with a double. He came home on an RBI base hit by Connor McKay (Kansas).
The right-handed hitting Noll hit his solo home run in the fifth. After five innings, Lakeshore had a 4-0 lead over La Crosse.
Kevin Zak and Ryne Birk hit back-to-back singles off Headean to start the second half of the sixth. Designated-hitter Luke Perisco had an RBI fielder’s choice and Zak scored.
Krill also had a leadoff single in the ninth off all-star Breckin Williams. He scored on Jake Noll’s second RBI of the contest.
Lefties Connor Jones (Georgia) and Jake Tuttle (UW-Milwaukee) combined for three shutout innings. Each had one strikeout a piece.
Provencher (3-2) took the loss for the Loggers. In six innings, he surrendered four runs off six hits. The right-hander also recorded nine strikeouts.
The Northwoods League All-Star Break is July 21-23. The team returns home to face the Madison Mallards on Thursday, July 24 (6:35 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.