Mequon, WI – After splitting a two game road series with the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Friday, the Chinooks returned home to Kapco Park to face off against the Kalamazoo Growlers. However, due to inclement weather, the game was postponed during the top of the third inning.
Saturday marked the fifth meeting of the year between the two clubs, with both teams splitting the previous two series in Kalamazoo.
Nolan Bond (Houston) took the mound for his fourth start and ninth appearance of the year for Lakeshore. Coming into Saturday, Bond posted a 0-1 record and was ranked third on the team in ERA (2.16), racking up 12 strikeouts and 8 walks in his 25.0 innings of work.
Bond faced off against Trey Ganns (Northern Kentucky), who was making his fifth appearance and third start of the season for the Growlers. Granns came into Saturday with a 1-0 record and 4.20 ERA, tallying 13 strikeouts and 4 walks in his 15.0 innings pitched for Kalamazoo.
The Growlers attacked Bond early, striking first in the top of the second. A lead off walk issued to Dan Robinson (Central Michigan) started the inning for the Growlers. After advancing to second on a ground out to third and then to third on a ground out to short, Robinson came around to score on an RBI single by Tre Gantt (Ohio State) to put the Growlers on the board. Then, another RBI single by Connor Kopach (Southern Illinois) drove in Michael Crowley (Huntington) to increase the the Growler lead to 2-0.
Nolan Bond’s night would end after the second due to exceeding 30 pitches in the inning, thereby preventing him from continuing in the game.
But his early departure wouldn’t end up hurting the Chinooks, as heavy and unrelenting rain showers moved in after the bottom of the second to a level that was deemed unplayable by the Northwoods League, prompting the decision to postpone the game.
In light of the postponement, the Chinooks and Growlers will make-up Saturday’s game at 3:00 pm on Sunday, gates open at 2:30pm. Sunday's originally scheduled game will start at 5:05pm or 30 minutes after the first game concludes.
If fans had a ticket for Saturday's game, it can be exchanged for any remaining regular season home game or August 8th which will be the rescheduled Star Wars jersey auction.
Tickets can be exchanged at the Chinooks office (983 Badger Circle in Grafton) or at the stadium box office on game nights at the time gates open.
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, visit http://northwoodsleague.com/lakeshore-chinooks or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.