Wausau, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks (3-6) fell to the Wisconsin Woodchucks 5-4, marking the Chinooks’ fifth straight loss.
Chinooks’ newcomer Drake Lubin (Eastern Michigan) led off the game with an infield single and was later driven in by a Zach Biermann (Polk State) single to give the Chinooks the early 1-0 lead. Biermann returned to the Lakeshore lineup after sitting out last night’s game due to getting hit in the helmet by a pitch the day before.
The Woodchucks struck back quickly in the bottom of the 1st, starting with a Nolan Ryan double. Dalton Reed later doubled in Ryan, tying the game at 1.
Hitting the first homer of the night for the Woodchucks was Andrew Kendrick, who drove in Chad Fleischman after he walked to lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning. The long shot was Kendrick’s third home run of the season, and gave Wisconsin a 3-1 advantage.
The Chinooks wasted no time to cut into the lead of Wisconsin, as Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas) led off the top of the 4th with a double. After Richardson advanced to third base, Caleb Dean (Lamar) grounded out, but was able to score Richardson on the play and cut the lead of the Woodchucks to just one. Later in the inning, Brian Sobieski (Davenport) hit a rocket back up the middle and recorded his first base hit of the season.
The Chinooks were able to fight all the way back from a 3-1 deficit and take the lead in the top of the 5th. Drake Lubin led off the inning with a single and later came around to score on a Kody Matthews (Marshall) RBI single to tie the game at 3. Chinooks’ newest player Nick Gatewood (Georgia State) later singled to bring home Matthews and put Lakeshore up 4-3.
Woodchucks’ Dalton Reed led off the bottom of the 5th inning with a solo homer, the second long ball hit by Wisconsin in the game. Reed’s first home run of the season tied the game at 4.
The Woodchucks weren’t done scoring, as Stevie Mangrum led off the bottom of the 7th with a solo shot to put Wisconsin on top 5-4. Woodchucks’ closer Orsen Josephona came in to tonight’s game with two saves, no runs allowed, and seven strikeouts across three innings of work. Josephona continued his success, striking out one in his perfect inning of relief to close the door and seal the Woodchucks’ 5-4 victory over the Chinooks.
Lakeshore’s Kody Matthews led the offensive attack for the Chinooks, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while the Woodchucks had three players record two hits.
The Lakeshore Chinooks (3-6) stay on the road to face the Wisconsin Woodchucks again tomorrow night at 6:35 as Lakeshore lefty Zach Spears (Miami-Ohio) toes the rubber with hopes to get the team back on track.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.