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Mistakes Cost Chinooks In 10-4 Loss

Mequon, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks defeated the Eau Claire Express on Sunday in a game that was resumed from last Monday, and the team looked to sweep the day as they took on Eau Claire again on Sunday for the teams' regularly scheduled game. The Chinooks came up short, however, losing 10-4.

The Chinooks sent John Schreiber (Kent State) to the mound for his third start and ninth total appearance of the summer. He let up a run in the first, though it was unearned after an error by first baseman Doug Kraeger (Richmond) let Brady Burzynski (UW-Stout) score. Schreiber held Eau Claire scoreless in the second but ran into trouble in the third.

The Express loaded the bases with one out in the third, and their first run of the inning came around to score when Tyler Adkison (San Diego State) singled. Schreiber managed to get the next batter to fly out shallow enough that the runners could not advance, but then gave up a bases-clearing double to Michael Papierski (LSU) to make it 5-0. The bleeding did not stop there, however. Shortstop Anthony Massicci (Canisius) made an error on a ball hit by Nathan Krause (Winona State), letting Papierski come home. A double from Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) scored Krause, and Schreiber was pulled from the game after walking the next batter. 

Nick Brown (Missouri State) gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Burzynski, which plated Jipping. Brown then induced a ground out to end the inning. Altogether, Schreiber was credited with 2.2 innings pitched while giving up eight runs, four earned, and striking out three.

The Chinooks got on the board in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the eight-run gap. Jake Romano (Miami-Ohio) and Greg Deichmann (LSU) smacked back-to-back base knocks with one out in the frame, and Mark Kolozsvary (Florida) walked to load the bases. The club scored their first run of the game courtesy of David Edson (USC), who drew a walk off of Eau Claire starter Michael Gomez (Cal Ply) to bring in Romano. Drake Parker (Vanderbilt) kept the offense going in the inning, plating Deichmann with a single to right field. Two more runs came around to score thanks to Lucas Raley (Lake Erie College), who legged out an infield single to let both Edson and Kolozsvary score to make it 8-4.

Brown had a great relief outing for Lakeshore as he tried to keep his team's hopes alive. He fired 4.1 innings and was not charged with a run. Brown allowed just one hit in his entire outing while walking three and striking out two. 

Manager Eddy Morgan elected to replace Brown with Parker Sanburn (Arkansas) for the eighth inning. The Express added a run off of him, albeit one that was unearned, to extend their lead to 9-4. He gave up another run in the ninth, making the score 10-4 before he was replaced by Ryan Dunne (John Logan College) with two outs in the inning. 

The Chinooks were held scoreless for the rest of the game as the score ended at 10-4 .The Northwoods League All-Star break will begin on Monday, giving the majority of the Lakeshore squad three days off. The team will have two representatives in the All-Star game on Tuesday in Raley and Lake Bachar (UW-Whitewater), and Raley will also take part in the Home Run Challenge on Tuesday as well. 

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.