Mequon, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks played two games on Wednesday in a home-and-away doubleheader with the Kenosha Kingfish, and they kept the fun going on Thursday as they were scheduled to play two games with the La Crosse Loggers. That was necessary after fog caused the teams' June 14th game to be postponed with the score 0-0 after the top of the third inning. The teams resumed this game in the bottom half of the third, and the Chinooks would end up losing the contest by a score of 9-1.
Joe Stoll (Ohio State) was sent to the mound to "start" the game for the Chinooks in the top of the fourth. He quickly ran into trouble, however, allowing the Loggers to break the scoreless tie. Stoll gave up a single to Jordan Pearce (Nevada), and then Keith Skinner (North Florida) reached on an error by second baseman Greg Deichmann (Louisiana State) to put two on with one out. Stoll then let up a three-run home run to Ryan Kirby (San Diego) to make it a 3-0 game.
Stoll came back out for the fifth but still could not figure out the La Crosse offense. He gave up another home run, this time to Mason McCoy (Illinois Central College), a solo shot. The Loggers managed another run in the frame after Brock Lundquist (Long Beach State) doubled and was driven in by Pearce to widen the Chinooks' deficit to 5-0.
Lakeshore had a chance to narrow the game in the bottom of the fifth, putting two runners on with no outs after a Deichmann triple and a Mark Kolozsvary (Florida) walk. However, Kolozsvary was caught stealing and the next two batters were retired to quell the opportunity.
Manager Eddy Morgan went to his bullpen in the sixth, electing to replace Stoll with right-hander Nick Brown (Missouri State). The Loggers could not be stopped, however, as they scored three more runs. Brown allowed the bases to be loaded with no outs and gave up the first run of the inning when McCoy smacked an RBI single. He then walked Jordan Zimmerman (Mesa Community College) to bring in the second run of the frame, and the third and final run came around on a sac fly from Lundquist to make it 8-0.
Parker Sanburn (Arkansas) replaced Brown in the seventh, and the Loggers scored yet another run. This one came after Kirby tripled and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-0. Sanburn did stay for the eighth and ninth innings and managed to keep La Crosse without a run in those frames.
The Chinooks offense scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the ninth. Anthony Massicci (Canisius) singled with two outs, and he was driven in thanks to a Deichmann double. The team managed seven hits in the game with Jake Romano (Miami-Ohio) being the only player to have a multi-hit day.
The Chinooks and Loggers will now play their regularly-scheduled game, which will begin at around 7:00 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 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.