Offensive Explosion Leads Chinooks to 12-1 Win
Mequon, WI – The Chinooks jumped out to a quick start against the Green Bay Bullfrogs, scoring seven times in the first two innings. Lakeshore would continue to swing the hot bat, picking up their eighth win of the second half by a final score of 12-1.
Lakeshore was able to put together the early rallies with good at bats, along with some help from the Bullfrogs errant defense. Jack Dunn reached to open the bottom half of the first due to a throwing error. Dominic Clementi continued his hot start and singled, putting two on with no outs. Jim Govern later singled, scoring both runners. With two outs, Turner Buis reached on an error by the first baseman, which cost the Bullfrogs just moments later. DJ Lee and Cole Turney would put together back-to-back singles, scoring two more runs.
But the Chinooks weren’t satisfied with the four run lead, adding three more in the second inning. For the second consecutive inning, Dunn reached on a leadoff error and Clementi then walked. With two on, Dallas Beaver ripped a double, clearing the bases. Beaver would later score on a Ronald Sweeny III groundout to first base, extending the Chinooks lead to 7-0.
Green Bay starter Jake Zatopek would settle down after that and finish five innings, allowing seven runs. However, with the struggling defense behind him, only two of the runs were earned.
For the Chinooks, starting pitcher Austin Jones put together his second consecutive solid start. He went six strong innings, only allowing one run on four hits. Jones was credited with the win, advancing to 3-3 on the season. The only time the Bullfrogs could score was on back-to-back doubles in the top of the fifth inning.
Lakeshore continued to add more runs to their lead with two in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Dunn walked to lead off and Clementi picked up his second hit. A pickoff attempt by the Bullfrogs reliever Kenny Carrillo skipped into the outfield, scoring Dunn and pushing Clementi to third base. Govern scored Clementi with a double, extending the lead to 9-1.
In the seventh inning, the Chinooks would score three, starting with two quick double by DJ Lee and Cole Turney. A wild pitch would later score Turney and Takahiro Yamada scored the third run on a RBI single from pinch-hitter Connor Christman.
Almost everyone from the Chinooks lineup put together good lines this evening, led by multiple-RBI performances by Govern (3), Beaver (2), and Turney (2). Dunn and Clementi, the top two hitters in the lineup, each scored three times.
After Jones, the Chinooks turned the game over to Marko Borichich, who threw the final three innings and earned the save. Borichich walked one and hit two, but the Bullfrogs never really threatened against the left-hander from Penn State.
The Chinooks will travel to Green Bay tomorrow for the second game of the home and home series between these two teams. It will be an afternoon game, with the first pitch coming at 1:05 PM. Kevin Tibor (4-3, 1.26 ERA) gets the start for Lakeshore as the Chinooks look for their ninth win of the second half.