Curfew Causes Game To Get Suspended
Mequon, WI – Your Lakeshore Chinooks reconnected Wednesday night after a few players appeared in the Major League Dreams Showcase and others had the day off on Tuesday. The Chinooks returned home to take on the Battle Creek Bombers in game two of the series where they looked to end the night with a sweep.
On the mound for the Chinooks was Marshall Kasowski (Houston) who came into the game with a 3-1 record and an outstanding 1.41 ERA. Kasowski has racked up an impressive 84 strikeouts in his 57.1 innings of work this season.
The Bombers caught onto Chinooks starter early as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second off of a Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) leadoff home run over the left field wall.
In the top of the third, the Bombers added on another run after Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) hit a one out single and reached second off of an error by the Chinooks infield. Dean Miller (Riverside City College) brought Podkul home after he doubled to put the Bombers up 2-0.
Making his first start on the year for the Bombers was Colton Bradley (Central Michigan) who got through the first two innings clean until the The Chinooks kept their cool and took the lead in the bottom of the third when Matt Reardon (Florida Gulf Coast) extended his 14 game hit streak after he ripped a one out single. Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) and Kevin Riley (Chaffey CC) drew back-to-back walks the Bombers to load the bases.
After 2.1 innings, the Bombers had seen enough from Bradley and called in relief pitcher David Inman (Florida Southwestern) to finish the bottom of the third. Tim DalPorto (Kent State) stayed patient at the plate and drew a bases loaded walk that scored Reardon. Matt Johnson (South Dakota State) smacked a two run RBI single up the middle that gave the Chinooks a 3-2 lead over the Bombers.
After Inman pitched an inning, Anthony Ruden (Prairie View AM) took the mound for the bottom of the fourth where he got out of the inning clean.
The Chinooks broke the bats in against Ruden during the bottom of the fifth after Riley led off with a walk and DalPorto roped an RBI single. With runners on first and second, Owen Miller (Illinois State) hit an RBI single that scored Riley and put the Chinooks up 4-2. Hayden Senger (Miami-Ohio) reached base off an error which allowed DalPorto to score and gave the Chinooks a solid 5-2 lead.
Kasowski was taken out after going a strong six innings while only giving up two runs and racked up three strikeouts. Liam Jenkins (Arizona State) replaced Kasowski on the mound and went scoreless until the top of the eighth when Jacob Blunt (Clarke University) hit an RBI single that brought the score to 5-3.
After Jenkins went two innings and gave up only one run, Cole Gnetz (Miami-Ohio) was called in from the Chinooks bullpen in the top of the ninth to face the bottom of the Bombers order. A groundout and an RBI single allowed two runs to score and tied it up at 5 a piece.
Both teams battled through a long eleven innings but due to a curfew at Kapco Park, the game got suspended until Thursday where the Chinooks will take on the Bombers at Battle Creek for a doubleheader and look to earn themselves a win.
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