Mequon, WI – After play was suspended due on Saturday, play was resumed in the top of the thirteenth on Sunday.
The score remained tied at 6-6 as Nick Winter (UW-Milwaukee) took the mound for his debut appearance with the Chinooks. Winter did his job by holding the Growlers’ offense at bay and giving the Chinooks a chance to win it in the bottom of the thirteenth.
Drake Herman (Pittsburg State) stayed on to pitch for the Growlers after coming into the game in the bottom of the twelfth for David Hensley (San Diego State). However, Zac Taylor (Houston) welcomed Herman back into the game by lifting a 1-1 delivery over the left field fence for his second homer of the season, securing the 7-6 victory for Lakeshore on a walk off home run.
Nick Winter was awarded his first win of the year after allowing just one hit in the top of the thirteenth. Drake Herman was issued his third loss of the season after giving up the home run to Taylor that won the game for Lakeshore.
Shortly following the walk-off marathon victory, the Chinooks took the field for the regularly scheduled game two of the series.
Mitch Sewald (TCU) started on the mound for Lakeshore, making his second start of the season. He picked up the loss in his debut start against the La Crosse Loggers, giving up one run on four hits and recording one strikeout in his three innings pitched.
Sewald went up against Zach Vitkuske (Muskegon CC), who was making his second appearance and first start of the year for the Growlers. Vitkuske had an impressive debut appearance against the Chinooks the week prior, picking up the victory after allowing three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in his six scoreless innings of work.
The Growers struck early in the top of the first. Back-to-back walks issued to Connor Kopach (Southern Illinois) and Matt Lloyd (Iowa Western) started the inning for the Growlers. Sewald settled down to induce to fly outs, but issued another walk to Camden Duzenack (Dallas Baptist) to load the bases. Then, Sam Griggs (Southern Indiana) roped an RBI single up the middle to score Kopach and Lloyd to give the Growlers a 2-0 lead.
The Chinooks fought back in the bottom of the first. Matt Reardon (Florida Gulf Coast) lead off the inning with a double to left, followed by an infield single by Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) to put runners at second and first for Lakeshore. After both runners moved up on base on a sacrifice bunt by Tim DalPorto (Kent State), Darius Sewell (Georgia State) hit a ground ball short, allowing Reardon to come around to score from third to put the Chinooks on the board.
Sewald exited the game in the second after issuing his fourth walk of the game to Dan Robinson. Luke Sommerfeld (Saint Louis) came on in relief of Sewald and held the Growlers’ scoreless until the top of the fifth. Jay Smith (Tiffin) lead off the inning with a double to left center and came around to score on an RBI double by Matt Lloyd to extend the Growlers’ lead to 3-1.
After issuing two back-to-back walks to Tim DalPorto and Darius Sewell to start the inning, Zach Vitkuske was pulled from the game and replaced by Darius Coldiron (Coker College). Kevin Riley (Chaffey CC) welcomed Coldiron by roping a 0-2 offering down the left field line, scoring DalPorto and Sewell on the RBI double to even the game at 3-3.
Luke Sommerfeld’s fantastic performance out of the bullpen ended after the eighth, as Cole Gnetz (Miami-Ohio) came into the game to pitch the ninth. Sommerfeld left the game after allowing only one run on two hits, issuing two walks but recording four strikeouts in his quality seven innings of work.
Though the Chinooks threatened in the bottom of the ninth, the game remained tied at three, forcing the continuation of play into extra innings for the second consecutive game.
Neither team could brake the tie until the bottom of the eleventh. Royce Ando (Michigan State) ripped a line drive to the right center gap, but Growlers’ right fielder Dan Robinson (Central Michigan) dropped the ball, allowing Ando to move to second on the error to start things for the Chinooks. After an intentional walk was issued to Matt Reardon, Joe Duncan slapped an infield single to load the bases for the Chinooks with one out in the inning. Then, Matt Johnson (South Dakota State) stepped up in the clutch, hitting a sacrifice fly to center to score Ando to win the second consecutive game in extra inning walk-off fashion for the Chinooks.
Cole Gnetz was awarded his second win of the season after holding the Growlers to just two hits, racking up two strikeouts and one walk in his scoreless three innings of work. Darius Coldiron was issued his first loss of the year after allowing one run, which was unearned, on three hits with six strikeouts in his 3.2 innings pitched.
With the series sweep the Chinooks improve their record to 10-12 for the second half and 25-33 overall, while the Growlers drop to 10-12 for the second half and 30-28 for the season.
The Chinooks travel to Kenosha to play the Kingfish at 12:05 pm, then return home to Kapco park to face off in game two starting at 6:35 pm.
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