Mequon, WI- The Lakeshore Chinooks (2-3) fell at home to the Green Bay Bullfrogs Sunday night, 4-2. Although the Chinooks got six solid innings out of Austin Havekost (Kent State), the Lakeshore offense had fits against Green Bay starter, Michael Bohlke, who allowed two runs over seven strong innings.
The Bullfrogs broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 3rd, as Green Bay plated two runs to take the 2-0 lead over Lakeshore. Mikey Filia hit a grounder to 3rd base, where Matt Burch (Arkansas) proceeded to throw to 2nd, but Matthew Mika (Central Florida) received the ball and threw it over the head of Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State) in hopes to complete the double play. On the error from Mika, Alonzo Jones hopped home, plating Green Bay’s first run.
Next man up for the Bullfrogs was Troy Johnston, who gave Green Bay its second run of the inning on an RBI single. The base knock plated Mikey Filia.
The Chinooks would get on the board in the bottom half of the 6th inning, thanks to an Owen Miller (Illinois State) sacrifice fly. Matthew Mika led off the inning with an infield single, and after advancing to 2nd and stealing 3rd, came home to score on the Miller sacrifice fly.
Green Bay wasn’t done scoring, as the Bullfrogs plated two more in the top of the 7th. Willie Bourbon led off the inning with a single and later scored on a Riley Smith RBI groundout. A Luke Sommerfeld (Saint Louis) wild pitch allowed Zack Plunkett to score after he singled earlier in the inning, extending the Bullfrogs’ lead to three.
Lakeshore would tack on a run in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to an infield RBI single from Matt Burch. The slow-roller to the right side of the infield was placed perfectly, and Daniel DeSimone was able to trot home after he led off the inning with a single of his own.
Darren Kelly came in out of the Green Bay bullpen in the bottom of the 9th to try and close out the game and secure the 4-2 lead. After Daniel DeSimone led off the inning with a walk, it was erased by a Caleb Dean (Lamar) double play. Tim DalPorto (Kent State) then struck out, as the Bullfrogs secured a 4-2 victory.
This game featured two starting pitchers who turned in quality efforts for their respective teams. For the Chinooks, Austin Havekost allowed just two runs (one earned) over six innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out four.
For the Bullfrogs, Michael Bohlke allowed two runs over seven innings, giving up nine hits and walking none, while striking out four.
The Lakeshore Chinooks (2-3) will face off against the Bullfrogs again tomorrow night, this time in Green Bay. Zach Spears looks for his second win of the season as the Chinooks look to split the two-game series against Green Bay.
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 180 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.