Grafton, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks have added three graduates of local high schools as Griffin Doersching (Northern Kentucky), Jeff Holtz (Indiana), and Sean O’Brien (St. Louis) will return to their Milwaukee roots to play at Kapco Park for 2019.
Griffin Doersching – Northern Kentucky
Griffin Doersching (1B/SO) is a powerful first baseman from Greendale High School who was rated as the No. 8 player in Wisconsin in 2017. He burst onto the scene at NKU with 13 home runs and 49 RBI as he was named the 2018 Horizon League Freshman of the Year and was named a Freshman All-American. Doersching’s power, with four home runs and 18 RBI thus far for NKU, will be a welcome addition to the Chinook line-up.
Jeff Holtz (C/FR) was named the 2018 Wisconsin Player of the Year, First Team All-State, Milwaukee Co-Player of the Year, Perfect Game Player of the Year, and Conference Player of the Year, after hitting .481 with 10 home runs for Hartland Arrowhead High School. Selected as the No. 5 player in the state by Prep Baseball Report, the 6’4, 215-pound Holtz also excelled in football, before heading to IU where he will be developed as a catcher.
Sean O’Brien (RHP/FR) is a former Marquette University High School alum from Pewaukee. Playing for Sal Bando Jr., O’Brien was ranked as a top 20 pitcher in the state before heading to pitch for the Billikens and features a good three pitch mix with a low to mid 80’s fastball with a change-up that shows good fading action. In limited action, O’Brien has struck out four in 3.1 innings of work.
The 2019 season is presented by Port Washington State Bank with the home opener set for May 30th at 6:35pm against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Season and group tickets are currently on sale with single game tickets available for purchase on April 27.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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.