Five Run Inning Sinks Chinooks in Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac, WI – A five-run third inning dug the Lakeshore Chinooks into an early hole and they were never able to overcome the deficit in a 6-3 loss Monday against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.
Chinooks starter Nate Odahl had cruised through his first two innings on the mound and began the third inning with a pair of strikeouts. But a crucial error by center fielder D.J. Lee allowed the Dock Spiders’ inning to continue, and they eventually pushed across five runs, capped by a three-run home run. Fond du Lac’s two-out rally provided the Dock Spiders a lead they would not relinquish.
Odahl’s fourth and fifth innings of work were spotless, and he took his first loss of the season despite allowing only one earned run. He struck out seven in his third start of the year. Strikeouts have not been a big part of Odahl’s game through his first two starts, as he has struck out just three in his first 10 innings this season.
Lakeshore got back into the game in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally of its own. The Chinooks scored their first run thanks to a wild pitch, and then loaded the bases, prompting a pitching change. Right fielder Connor Kimple came through with a two-run single to trim the deficit to 5-3.
Aside from the three-run fifth, however, Lakeshore struggled to get anything going against the Dock Spider’s bullpen for the remainder of the game. Kimple’s single was the only hit the Chinooks recorded against Fond du Lac’s relief corps in 4 1/3 innings.
Lakeshore managed just five hits in the game. Shortstop Jack Dunn and first baseman Ronnie Sweeney III each collected hits in their second games of the season. Dunn hit from the leadoff spot and Sweeney III hit third for the Chinooks.
Relief pitcher Nick Campe made his third appearance out of the Lakeshore bullpen this season, and pitched the final three innings. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out one.
The Chinooks return home Tuesday to begin a two-game series against the Northwoods League South Division leading Madison Mallards. The Mallards enter Tuesday’s contest having won nine consecutive games. First pitch at Kapco Park is at 6:35 p.m.
Kevin Tibor takes the hill for Lakeshore on five days rest. In his most recent start, he took a perfect game into the seventh inning and a no-hitter into the eighth against the Green Bay Bullfrogs on June 6.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). 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.