On Tuesday, the Chinooks extended their winning streak to eleven games. The team also tied a franchise record of 18 runs scored. They won by the final score of 18-3 against the MoonDogs.
Second-year Lakeshore shortstop Sawyer Polen (Kent State) went 4-6 with three doubles and a single. He knocked in five runs and scored three times.
Right fielder Brett Siddall (Canisius) went 3-6 with three runs scored. The .345 hitting Siddall also drove in two runs.
Left-hander Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina) got his fifth win of the year. In six innings, he gave up two runs off four hits. He also struck out three.
The Chinooks took an early, 1-0 lead in the first. With two outs, Siddall hit a double to left field off starter James McMahon. He scored on an error by shortstop Peter Maris.
Center fielder Tyler Sullivan singled to lead off the bottom half of the first. He advanced twice on a passed ball and wild pitch. He scored on a sac fly by Brett Synek.
Mankato scored two more in the second. With two away, Derek Umphres hit a triple off Kruczynski. He came home on another triple by catcher Dalton DeLeon. The Chinooks trailed the MoonDogs 2-1.
Lakeshore exploded for a six-run fourth. Zack Bowers (Georgia) got a leadoff double. Center fielder Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee) advanced to first on an error. Ryan Larson (Florida) singled and Bowers scored on another error. Polen doubled and two runs scored.
The shortstop Polen scored on an error by Levi Scott. Bowers also had a two-RBI left field single in the inning.
Polen got his second double in the fifth. Reliever Connor Miller then hit Blake Butler (College of Charleston). Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) sacrificed Polen home. Siddall singled and Butler scored. Meeteer drew an RBI walk in the inning as well. The Chinooks led 10-2.
In the sixth, Lakeshore scored four more times. Lefty Chris Sauer quickly loaded the bases and walked in three runs. The other run scored on a hit by pitch.
Sawyer Polen had a bases-clearing double in the eighth. Michael Morman, Zack Bowers and Luke Meeteer all scored on the hit. The Chinooks took a 17-2 lead.
Southpaw Kyle Wood (Purdue) surrendered one run off two hits in two innings of work.
In the ninth, Valach hit a solo homer off right-hander Brinn Bell.
Outfielder Ryan Larson tossed a scoreless ninth for the Chinooks. He had one strikeout.
The righty McMahon (0-2) took the loss for Mankato. In four innings, he gave up seven runs (two earned) off six hits.
They will play a split-location doubleheader with the Kenosha Kingfish on July 30. The first game will be at Simmons Field in Kenosha (12:05 p.m.). The second contest will take place at Kapco Park in Mequon (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.