The Lakeshore Chinooks (49-18) captured the 2014 Northwoods League South Division Second-Half Title on Wednesday.
Florida Gulf Coast Eagle Sterling Koerner (5-2) picked up his fifth win in relief of James Teague (Arkansas). In three innings, he gave up no runs off three hits. Koerner also struck out three.
Third baseman Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) led the Chinooks at the plate. He went 1-2 with two RBI.
He acknowledged the lengthiness of the Northwoods League season. “Getting in a routine (helps me), you have to trust that the hard work you’re putting in will help contribute to the team,” Valach said.
In the fourth, the Chinooks scored one run. Right fielder Brett Siddall (Canisius) led off with a double. He scored on a RBI single by Valach.
With one out, Kyle Wood (Purdue) tripled to the right field corner. Valach knocked in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly. After six innings, Lakeshore led 2-0.
Chinooks reliever Hunter Devall (LSU) loaded the bases with away in the ninth. He walked Blair Beck and Taylor Kohlwey scored. Devall struck out Ryan Howard, and the Chinooks won 2-1. The lefty recorded his second save.
The right-hander Teague started the game for the Chinooks. In a no decision, he tossed four shutout innings and surrendered up two hits.
Woodchucks starting pitcher Alex Phillips (3-2) took the loss. He threw five and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs off four hits. Phillips also had five strikeouts to two walks.
Lakeshore will finish the regular season with a four-game road trip to Wisconsin Rapids (August 7 and 8) and La Crosse (August 9 and 10). Joe Pavlovich (UW-Oshkosh) gets the start for game one versus the Rafters.
The team will begin the 2014 Northwoods League Playoffs on Monday, August 11. Game location and time are to be determined.
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.