Madison, WI – It was an exciting Tuesday night in the Northwoods League as they put on the Major League Dreams showcase in Madison. The showcase is an opportunity for the top 100 Northwoods League players to show off their skills in front of MLB scouts through various scouting workouts and in a doubleheader that is put on later in the night. This year, six Lakeshore Chinook players were selected to showcase their talents and represent the Chinooks organization.
The Chinooks appeared in game two and represented the Home 2 team. Cole Gnetz (Miami-Ohio) was the first Chinooks pitcher to make an appearance in the game as he took the mound and pitched the top of the third where he gave up no hits and threw an impressive 123 inning.
Coming into pitch the top of the seventh was Nick Horvath (Florida) who did not get out of the inning as smoothly as hoped. Horvath struggled to keep runners off the bases as he gave up six hits and six runs during his two thirds innings pitched.
Liam Jenkins (Arizona State) was the final pitcher to take the mound for the Chinooks as he made his appearance in the top of the ninth where was strong, giving up two hits but racked up a strikeout.
As a whole, the Home 2 team fell to the Visiting 2 team 9-7 as they racked up their 7 runs off of only six hits.
Batting fifth in the Home 2 team order was Chinooks middle infielder Royce Ando (Michigan State). Ando drew a walk in the sixth and then reached first off an error by the Visiting 2 teams first baseman. Overall, Ando went 0-1 at the plate and played defensively at the shortstop position.
Showing off his power was Chinooks shortstop and third baseman Owen Miller (Illinois State) who bombed a two run home run that scored his teammate Ando. Defensively, Miller played first base and overall went 1-4 at the plate while hitting seventh in the batting order.
In the lineup at designated hitter was Chinooks catcher and third baseman Tim DalPorto (Kent State) who made good contact during each at bat, but all of hits resulted in flyouts. DalPorto would go 0-3 at the plate while he drew one walk.
This was an amazing opportunity for all of these talented baseball players and gave them the chance to show each of the scouts how talented the Northwoods League truly is. All of the Chinooks players represented the league and the Chinooks in a professional manner and everyone cannot wait to see what the future has in store for these talented athletes.
The Chinooks will come back together on Wednesday, at home, where they take on the Battle Creek Bombers in game two of the series and look to earn themselves a sweep.
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 or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.