Mequon, WI – After falling to the Kenosha Kingfish at home earlier in the day, the Lakeshore Chinooks traveled to Kenosha to take on the Kingfish in a night game. In the final day of play in the Northwoods League first half, the Chinooks were officially eliminated from contention as they fell to Kenosha in game in both games, losing the second by a score of 2-1.
Sterling Koerner (Florida Gulf Coast) took the ball for the Chinooks, and he delivered a good start. He retired the first eight batters that he faced, but he ran into trouble with two outs in the third. Three back-to-back singles from Brody Westmoreland (San Diego State), Zach Weigel (Seton Hall) and Nick Sergakis (Ohio State) gave the Kingfish two runs of the inning, though Koerner did strand Sergakis on second.
Koerner gave up nothing after that, holding the Kingfish scoreless for the next four innings. He threw a total of seven frames, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk. He gave the Chinooks all they could have asked for as they looked to spoil the Kingfish' hope as they were fighting to stay in command of first place in the division.
After baserunning mistakes hurt the Chinooks in the first game, another one cost them an opportunity in the third. Jack Benninghoff (Arkansas) singled to lead off the inning, but he was caught stealing with Drake Parker (Vanderbilt) at the plate. Parker wound up walking, so instead of first and second with one out, the Chinooks had only a man first with two outs. They ultimately did not score in the inning.
The Chinooks did manage to close the gap to one in the six, scoring one run. Parker walked with one out, later advancing to second on an Anthony Massicci (Canisius) ground out. On a Zarley Zalewski (Kent State) double, Parker came around to score. Zalewski was stranded on second, however.
Ultimately, the Chinooks could never score another run, though. They did have a chance in the seventh as Lucas Raley (Lake Erie College) walked and later advanced to third on a Benninghoff single, but both were eventually stranded.
Hunter Devall (Louisiana State) was the only reliever the Chinooks would need. He fired a perfect eighth inning while striking out two.
The Chinooks will return to home at Kapco Park on Wednesday as they start the second half with a two-game series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
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 draws 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WSH) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WSH), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com.