Mequon, WI – After immerging victorious in game one of the double header, the Chinooks returned home to Kapco Park for game two against the division rival Kenosha Kingfish. The Chinooks definitely had momentum on their side in game two, as the offense surged to help lift Lakeshore over the Kingfish by a score of 10-5, completing the series sweep and extending their winning streak to four.
Jack Landwehr (Illinois State) took the mound for Lakeshore, making his first start and fourteenth appearance of the season. Coming into Monday, Landwehr posted a 2-2 record with a 3.56 ERA, tallying 14 strikeouts and 2 walks in his 17.2 innings of work. Primarily working out of the bullpen and seeing action late in games, Landwehr managed to pick up two key saves for a Chinooks’ staff that is among the league’s best pitching rosters.
Jesse Ellefson (Montevallo) started on the bump for the Kingfish, making his first start and tenth appearance of the year. Coming into Monday, Ellefson had a 1.12 ERA and had yet to be awarded a decision, racking up 7 strikeouts and 5 walks in his 8.0 innings pitched.
The Chinooks didn’t hesitate to attack Ellefson early in the first. Back-to-back singles by Matt Reardon (Florida Gulf Coast) and Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) started the inning for the Chinooks. After Reardon was thrown out at third on a double steal and Duncan advanced to third on a ground out to second, Kevin Riley (Chaffey CC) laced an RBI single to left to score Duncan and put the Chinooks on the board.
The Chinooks didn’t take their foot off the accelerator in the second. Owen Miller (Illinois State) lead off the inning with a single to center. Nick Horvath (Florida), who is usually a pitcher, put down the glove and picked up his bat as he was included as a designated hitter in Eddy Morgan’s lineup. He did his job, drawing a walk to put runners at first and second. Zac Taylor (Houston) grounded into a fielder’s choice that took care of Horvath, but left runners at the corners. Then, Matt Reardon continued to stay hot, lining a single to center to score Miller and give the Chinooks a 2-0 lead on Reardon’s third RBI of the day. Ellefson then proceeded to issue a walk to Joe Duncan to load the bases, setting the stage for Tim DalPorto (Kent State), who finessed an infield single to extend the lead to 3-0.
Lakeshore broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth. After issuing back-to-back walks to Nick Horvath and Matt Reardon, Ellefson was taken out of the game and replaced by JR Holloway (Texas State). A fielder’s choice to second by Joe Duncan eliminated Reardon from the base paths, but left runners at the corners once again for the Chinooks. Following a walk to Tim DalPorto that loaded the bases for Lakeshore, Kevin Riley hit a slow ground ball to short, but was able to beat it out for an RBI infield single. Then, Matt Johnson (South Dakota State) roped the first pitch he saw from Holloway into right center, scoring Duncan and DalPorto to increase the lead to 6-0. Owen Miller followed Johnson up with an RBI single of his own, scoring Riley on the play to give the Chinooks a 7-0 advantage.
The Kingfish finally got on the board in the fifth. Gunnar McNeil (Kentucky) lead off the inning with a double to left center. After advancing to third on a ground out to second, Matt Byars (Michigan State) turned on a 0-1 delivery from Landwehr, lifting it over the left field wall for his first home run of the season to bring the score to 7-2.
The Kingfish built off their momentum they gained in the fifth and tacked on more runs in the sixth. After issuing a lead off walk to Jake Smith (St. Thomas), an errand throw on a pickoff attempt by Landwehr rolled to the right field wall in foul territory, allowing Smith to advance to second. Then, a single by Marty Bechina (Michigan State) and a sacrifice fly to center by Pete Schuler (Kent State) scored Smith, followed by an RBI single by Gunnar McNeil to score Bechina to make it a 7-4 ballgame. Cal Jadacki (St. Joseph) capped off the inning by slapping an RBI triple down the right field line, scoring McNeil from first to bring the Kingfish within two.
Landwehr’s night would end after the sixth, as Austin Havekost (Kent State) came on to pitch in his first appearance since July 11.
The Chinooks tacked on more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Owen Miller lead off the inning with a double and later advanced to third on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of pinch hitter Kurtis Brown (Richmond). But, Miller would come around to score on an RBI single up the middle by Zac Taylor, followed by back-to-back RBI singles by Matt Reardon and Joe Duncan to widen the gap to 10-5 in favor of Lakeshore.
Austin Havekost stayed on to pitch the rest of the way, holding the Kingfish to just two hits in his three innings of work, securing the 10-5 victory and series sweep for Lakeshore while picking up his first save of the season in the process.
Jack Landwehr was awarded his third win of the year after allowing five runs, two of which were earned, on six hits while recording one strikeout and one walk in his 6.0 innings of work. Jesse Ellefson was issued his first win of the season after giving up four runs on six hits, allowing four walks and tallying three strikeouts in his 3.1 innings pitched.
Matt Reardon’s performance at the plate in the double header was impressive to say the least. Over the two games Reardon went 6-9 with one triple, driving in four runs while scoring three runs himself to help the Chinooks top the Kenosha Kingfish in the final meeting of the year between the two clubs.
With the series sweep the Chinooks improve to 12-12 for the second half and 27-33 overall, while the Kingfish drop to 6-18 for the second half and 22-38 for the season.
The Chinooks return home on Tuesday to start a two game series with the division leading Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at 6:35 pm.
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