Chinooks Bats Heat Up and Take The Series Over Kingfish
Kenosha, WI – After coming off a win earlier Monday morning, the Lakeshore Chinooks carried their momentum from the first game into the second when they got ahead of the Kenosha Kingfish early and finished them off with a 5-0 win.
Andrew Reisinger (McHenry CC) got the start for the Kingfish and coming into the game off a win against Green Bay on June 15th, but the Chinooks held nothing back on Reisinger as they came out swinning right away. Top of the second, Matt Johnson (South Dakota State) who just came off of a 2-4 game at the ppate, hit a triple down the right field line followed by Owen Miller (Illinois State) who also went 2-4 in game one and roped base it to left scoring Johnson making it 1-0 Chinooks.
The scoring revolved around the Chinooks tonight as they continued to add to their lead in the top of the fifth. Royce Ando (Michigan State) lead off with a single and reachded second off of an error. A wild pitch from Reisinger brings Ando home making it 2-0 Chinooks. Kevin Riley (Chaffey CC) draws a walk and Zac Taylor (Houston) riped a base hit. The Kingfish had seen enough and took Reisinger out after pitching four and one third innings giving up six hits and three walks.
Kingfish turn to relief pitcher Rigo Beltran (Lynn University) during the remainder of the fifth. Making his fifth appearance of the season, Beltrain starts out with a walk to Kurtis Brown (Richmond) loading the bases for the Chinooks. Hayden Senger (Miami-Ohio) hits a sacrifice RBI fly scoring Riley followed by a hard hit RBI base hit from Johnson scoring Taylor increasing the Chinooks lead to 4-0.
The Chinooks add on their final run in the top of the sixth after Darius Sewell (Georgia State) ropes a base hit and steals second. Sewell would then be taken out after getting hit in the face by a thrown ball and pinch runner Joe Duncan (Easter Illinois) would come in and score after a single from Zac Taylor (Houston) making it 5-0 Chinooks. The Kingfish would hold the Chinooks scoreless after their final run on the top of the sixth, but that is all the Chinooks would need to secure the win.
Righty pitcher Brandon Parr (Madison College) started for the Chinooks making his seventh appearance this season coming in with a 1.17 ERA in seven and two thirds innings pitched. He came out very strong from the start holding the Kingfish scoreless through his seven innings pitched and getting six strikeouts. Parr got awarded the win and when asked why he was so successful he said "I just kept my pitches in the zone. I focused on trying to get the batters to hit ground balls." Parr feels that winning this two game series will be a huge momentum builder for the team and bring future success.
Luke Sommerfeld (Saint Louis) came in to pitch in the bottom of the eighth for the Chinooks and would pitch two innings holding the Kingfish scoreless helping the Chinooks secure the win and the series.
Johnson went 2-3 at the plate tonight for the Chinooks and Taylor went 2-5. The Chinooks go on the road to take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters where they look to continue their momentum and continue to stack on some wins.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visithttp://northwoodsleague.com/lakeshore-chinooks.