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Chinooks Fall to Mallards, Drop to 3-7 at Home

Mequon, WI- The Lakeshore Chinooks (11-14) dropped their second straight game to the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Saturday night, 6-2.

The Mallards would get on the board first, in an inning that featured the Chinooks committing two errors and two wild pitches. The first batter of the game was Madison shortstop, Cole Daily. Daily led off the game with an infield single to the pitcher, and the next batter, Cade Bunnell, rocketed a line drive to right field that went off the glove of Lakeshore’s right fielder, Connor Kimple (Oklahoma State).

Then with Doran Turchin batting, a wild pitch from Austin Havekost (Kent State) allowed Daily to score from third, giving Madison the early 1-0 lead. After Turchin walked, he started creeping towards second base, but stopped halfway in between. As soon as the attention was on Turchin, Bunnell dashed home from third and was looking like a surefire out, but catcher Nick Cheema (Arizona State), couldn’t hold onto the ball as he applied the tag to Bunnell.

Next man up for the Mallards was Jeffery Mitchell Jr., who tapped another infield single to the pitcher, but the throw from Havekost wasn’t in time to get Mitchell Jr. at first, so Turchin was able to score on the play, giving the Mallards the early 3-0 lead over the Chinooks.

The Mallards would tack on another run on a one-out solo home run from Angel Camacho in the top of the 3rd, giving Madison the 4-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Chinooks looked like they were going to get their first run after Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) singled up the middle, but a perfect throw from Doran Turchin in center cut down Jack Dunn (Northwestern) at the plate.

Madison tacked on two more runs in the top of the 5th inning, thanks to RBI singles from Angel Camacho and Thomas Smart. After the first two Mallards were retired, Doran Turchin singled and stole second, later coming around to score on the Camacho single. Later in the inning, Thomas Smart lined a single to left field, bringing home Camacho, pushing the Madison lead up to 6.

The Chinooks would get on the board in the bottom of the 8th, starting with a Joe Duncan 2-out double. Matthew Mika (Central Florida) then singled to right field, bringing home Duncan, giving Lakeshore its first run of the game. Next up was Rylan Thomas (Central Florida), who wasted no time, driving in Mika on a double to right field. After the two runs in the inning, the Chinooks trailed by just 4.

Mallards’ starter, Ryan Schmitt, stymied the bats of the Chinooks tonight, shutting them out over 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 4.

Making his Chinooks’ debut, Byron Hood (Nebraska), pitched an inning of relief, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, walking one and striking out none. “It felt really good to get back on the mound,” said Hood. Hood said about the team, “we all love to have fun with each other, so it’s really nice, and although it was a tough inning there, they all got my back when I came out.”

The Lakeshore Chinooks (11-14) will head to Green Bay for a Sunday matinee against the Bullfrogs, as first pitch is scheduled for 4:05. Cyrillo Watson (Illinois) takes the ball as he searches for his second win of the season.

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.