Chinooks Bullied By Bullfrogs to Split Series, 10-6
Green Bay, WI – After defeating the Bullfrogs on a walk-off single in the thirteenth inning on Sunday, the Chinooks traveled north to Green Bay to face off against the Bullfrogs once again on Monday.
Austin Havekost (Kent State) took the mound for his first start and seventh appearance of the season. Primarily pitching out of the bullpen, Havekost came into Monday with an 0-0 record with a 13.50 ERA, recording four strikeouts and seven walks in his 7.1 innings of work for Lakeshore.
Luke Lind (North Dakota State) made his sixth start of the year for the Bullfrogs. Coming in Monday, Lind had posted a 1-0 record with a 1.05 ERA, tallying 23 strikeouts and 11 walks in his 25.2 innings pitched for Green Bay.
Havekost ran into trouble early in the second. Colton Onstott (Dodge City CC) reached on an error by Chinooks’ shortstop Royce Ando (Michigan State). After striking out Brain Lees (Southeast Missouri State), Havekost proceeded to issue three consecutive walks to bring Onstott around to score the first run of the game for the Bullfrogs.
Havekost was taken out of the game after the third inning and replaced by Luke Summerfeld (Saint Louis). Summerfeld was able to hold the Bullforgs’ offense at bay until the fifth. Laren Eustace (Indiana) roped a two-out triple and then scored on a wild pitch to give the Bullfrogs a 2-0 lead.
Sommerfeld’s struggles exploded in the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Josh Hollander (Kent State) and Austin Clemons (Louisville) lead off the inning for the Bullfrogs. Parker Coss (UC-Irvine) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. After Sommerfeld issued an intentional walk to Quincy Nielporte (Florida State) to load the bases with two outs in the inning, Jonah Davis (California) slapped an RBI single to score Hollander and Clemons to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Laren Eustace followed up by driving an RBI triple, scoring Nielporte and Davis to increase the Bullfrogs’ lead to 6-0. Then, Colton Onstott reached on a four pitch walk, and Brain Lees ripped an RBI single to score Eustace to bring the score to 7-0. Another four pitch walk issued to Josh Hollander loaded the bases once again. Then, a full-count delivery from Sommerfeld sailed to the backstop, allowing Onstott to score on the walk and Lees to come around to score on the wild pitch to increase the Bullfrogs’ lead to 9-0.
Sommerfeld was replaced by Liam Jenkins (Arizona State) to get the final out of the inning, but the damage had already been done as the Bullfrogs tacked on seven runs in the sixth to take a commanding lead.
The Chinooks answered in the top of the seventh. Cody Ductoe (LSU) reached on an error by Bullfrogs’ right fielder Hill Alexander, and Darius Sewell (Georgia State) smashed his fourth home run of the year to bring the score to 9-2. The Bullfrogs responded with another run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Qunicy Nielporte to increase Green Bay’s lead to 10-2.
The Chinooks battled back in the eighth after Royce Ando hit a two-run RBI double. Then, Owen Miller (Illinois State) lead off the ninth by hitting his second home run of the season. Royce Ando followed with by roping an RBI single up the middle, driving in his third RBI of the day to bring the score to 10-6. But, the Chinooks couldn’t produce any offense after that, as they would go on to fall to the Bullfrogs by a score of 10-6, splitting the two-game series.
Austin Havekost was issued his first loss of the season after allowing one run, which was unearned, on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts in his 3.0 innings of work. Luke Lind was awarded his second win of the year after holding the Lakeshore offense to two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts in his 6.1 innings pitched for Green Bay.
Though ranked third in the league, the Chinooks' pitching staff was the downfall for Lakeshore, combing for a total of 16 walks to bring the season total to 208, which is third most in the league.
With the loss, the Chinooks drop their second half record to 2-4 and their overall record to 17-24, while the Bullfrogs improve their second half record to 2-4 with a 17-25 overall record.
The Chinooks travel to Rockford on Monday to face off against the Rivets in game one of a two-game series starting at 6:35 pm.
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