Chinooks Rally Late to Beat Bombers, 6-5

Mequon, WI – A four-run sixth inning and two-run eighth inning fueled the Lakeshore Chinooks’ comeback Tuesday night in a 6-5 victory over the Battle Creek Bombers at Kapco Park. The win earns the Chinooks a split of the two-game series a night after Lakeshore was shut out, 9-0.

For five innings Tuesday, the Chinooks’ offense looked as hapless as it did the night before. Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, however, was when Lakeshore caught a couple of breaks.

After back-to-back singles from Jack Dunn and Dallas Beaver to begin the frame, Jim Govern popped out for the first out of the sixth. Dominic Clementi followed with a ground ball to third base, but a misplay in the field allowed Clementi to reach first base and Dunn slid home for the tying run.

Next up was Christian Boulware, who reached on an infield single. The throw to second base sailed into the outfield, allowing Beaver and Clementi to score Lakeshore’s second and third runs. DJ Lee put an exclamation point on the inning when he ripped an RBI double down the right field line to extend the Chinooks’ lead to 4-1.

Relief pitcher Clayton Slifer took the mound in the seventh inning for the Chinooks and promptly gave the lead right back to the Bombers. Slifer didn’t allow a hit but walked three and hit a batter. All four baserunners came around to score in the inning and Battle Creek matched Lakeshore’s four-spot and retook the lead, 5-4.

Slifer pitched in relief of starting pitcher Nate Odahl, who delivered six innings of one-run ball. Odahl worked around three hits and six walks by stranding eight baserunners. Odahl got the no-decision despite the quality start.

Right-hander Jake Carlsen, pitching in his second game with Lakeshore, relieved Slifer in the seventh, limiting the damage. He returned to the mound for the top of the eighth with the Chinooks still trailing, 5-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, Clementi led off the inning with a walk and Boulware followed with a single. Lee moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and with the infield in and only one out, Cole Turney ripped a two-run single past the diving second baseman to put Lakeshore back ahead, 6-5.

Despite hitting just .175 this season, Turney’s two RBI’s put him ahead of Dallas Beaver for the team lead, with 21 this summer.

Instead of going to a closer for a save situation in the top of the ninth inning, manager Travis Akre opted to send Slifer back to the hill for the ninth. The decision paid off as the right-hander delivered a 1-2-3 ninth and earned the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Chinooks are back in action Wednesday morning at Kapco Park when they host the first-place Kenosha Kingfish at 11:35 a.m. for the first game of a split doubleheader. Nick Campe will make his first start of the season for the Chinooks. In 18 relief appearances this season, Campe is 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 2 saves.

Game two of the doubleheader is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in Kenosha. Mason Madalinski will also make his first start of the season for Lakeshore. In his Chinooks debut on July 27, Madalinski allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings pitched.

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 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.