In thirteen innings, the Lakeshore Chinooks took game one of the 2014 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series. They defeated the Mankato MoonDogs, 5-4.
Catcher Zack Bowers (Georgia) continued his postseason success at the dish. He went 2-6 with a double and scored a run. Bowers also knocked in two runs.
For the third time in the playoffs, the right-handed hitter was named the Northwoods League Player of the Night.
In the first, the MoonDogs took a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Brett Synek hit a double off Will Headean. He scored on a single by Tanner Rockwell.
Designated-hitter Brent Zimmerman hit a single with one out in the fifth. He came home on a double by Ridge Smith. Mankato led 2-0.
The Chinooks tied the game at two in the sixth. Blake Butler (College of Charleston) hit a leadoff single off Garrett Ring. Brett Siddall (Canisius) and Kyle Wood (Purdue) drew back-to-back walks. The pair scored on a single by Zack Bowers.
Mankato regained the lead in the sixth. Synek hit another double and scored on a Peter Maris single to left-center field.
In the seventh, Lakeshore tied the game again. Ryan Krill (Michigan State) started the inning with a single. He scored on a putout by Blake Butler.
The Chinooks took a 4-3 lead in the eighth. With two outs, Bowers advanced to second on error by first baseman Levi Scott. He scored on a single by Michael Morman (Richmond).
Levi Scott hit a game-tying solo homer in the ninth off lefty Hunter Devall (LSU).
Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) hit a double to left-center field to begin the thirteenth. Noll scored on an error by Ridge Smith, and the Chinooks led 5-4.
After tossing one and two-thirds innings, righty Sterling Koerner (Florida Gulf Coast) got the win. He surrendered no runs off three hits. In the thirteenth, fellow right-hander Mike Letkewicz (Augustana College) struck out two and recorded the save.
Both Koerner and Letkewicz were named the Northwoods League Pitchers of the Night on August 14.
Southpaw Austin Warner (0-1) took the loss for the MoonDogs. In four innings, he gave up one run off one hit and struck out four
Game two will take place at Kapco Park on Friday, August 15 at 6:35 p.m. If necessary, game three will be played on Saturday, August 16 at 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