Mequon, WI – The Chinooks struggles continue as the offense couldn’t get anything going during Saturday night’s series finale against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Rafters capitalized on Chinooks mistakes and cruised to a 5-0 shutout victory at Kapco Park.Randon Dauman took the mound in the series finale at Kapco Park with a record of 0-1 and a 4.27 ERA on the summer. Dauman’s night didn’t last long as the Rafters jumped on him for 6 hits and 4 runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work on the night before head coach Travis Akre called to the bullpen in the top of the third.
The Rafters took no time getting on the scoreboard as three singles from Josh Nicoloff, Jake Dunham, and Peter Matt, as well as a sacrifice fly from Rich Ciufo, helped the Rafters plate two runs in the top of the first. Josh Nicoloff helped the Rafters add onto their lead in the second with an RBI single to right field.
Nathan Hemmerling toed the rubber for the Rafters on Saturday night with a 3.70 ERA on the season. Hemmerling avoided trouble in the first two innings and closed out the second by picking off Jeff Holtz at second base. Hemmerling cruised through 5 innings allowing just 5 base runners on 3 hits from the Chinooks offense.
Lakeshore’s offense couldn’t get the bats going on Saturday night as just 5 Chinooks reached base via hit and were shutout at home.
The Chinooks looked to mount a comeback as the Rafters built a 5-0 lead in the seventh. Austin Murr and Cameron Hart reached base, but a ground ball to Williams at second base turned into a 4-6-3 double play quickly giving the Rafters two outs in the inning. A groundout by Jake Malec ended the inning as the Chinooks failed to score.
The bright spots of the game came from Ross Messina, who recorded two of the Chinooks five hits on the game, as well as the Chinooks middle infielders Savier Pinelas and Cameron Hart, who helped turn three double plays on Saturday night.
Rafters pitchers Hemmerling, Hunsicker, and Borzone along with the help of their defense combined to shut out the Chinooks offense at Kapco Park allowing just 11 Chinooks baserunners throughout the game.
Wisconsin Rapids took three out of four from the Chinooks in two games at Witter Athletic Field and two at Kapco Park. The 3-9 Chinooks travel to Green Bay tomorrow for their first two games against the Booyah this season. The Chinooks are set two play seven out of the next eight games away from Kapco Park. It is set up to be a pivotal road trip as they look to dig themselves out of the last place spot in the Great Lakes West Division of the Northwoods League and start to climb the standings.
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