Four Homers Not Enough
Lakeshore once again outhit Wisconsin, but left nine runners on base. The Chinooks were swept by the Woodchucks and defeated 6-5.
Offensively, the team was led by third baseman Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois). The second-year Chinooks player went 3-4 with two home runs and a single.
The Woodchucks struck early in the first. Left fielder Brinn Beck hit a double. He scored on an RBI sac fly by Paul DeJong.
Chinooks starter Sterling Koerner (Florida Gulf Coast) hit Zak Leighton to start the third. DeJong knocked him in on a fielder’s choice. Wisconsin led 2-0.
In the fourth, catcher Zach Arnold singled and advanced to second on a Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) error. He came home on a Connor Beck putout.
Lakeshore took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Brett Siddall (Canisius) and Brant Valach hit back-to-back solo home runs. Wisconsin starter Robby Medel then hit catcher Zack Bowers (Georgia). Bowers scored on a two-run homer by Ryan Krill (Michigan State).
With two outs, Arnold hit a single in the bottom of the inning. Shortstop Ryan Howard hit a two-run shot and the Woodchucks regained the lead, 5-4.
The Woodchucks got one insurance run in the seventh. Chinooks reliever Connor Jones (Georgia) issued a leadoff walk to Zak Leighton. He scored on another base hit by Brinn Beck.
In the ninth, Austin Tribby gave up a solo homer to Brant Valach. The left-hander struck out the side swinging. Tribby earned his second save of the season as well.
Robby Medel picked up his fourth win for Wisconsin. In six innings, the righty gave up four runs off eight hits.
The right-hander Koerner (4-2) took the loss for the Chinooks. He surrendered five runs (four earned) off six hits.
Lakeshore returns home to play the Kalamazoo Growlers on Saturday, August 2. Game one will be at 3:30 p.m. The second contest will start at 6:35 p.m. The Woodchucks will come to Kapco Park to play on Monday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 6.
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