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Lakeshore Rally Comes Up Short In Loss

 

Wisconsin Rapids, WI- After a close and exciting win Monday night, the Chinooks took to the road to take on the second place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. This would be a start to a short two-game series between the two teams.

Trevor Tietz would take the mound for the Chinooks in game one of the series. The Rafters didn’t wait long to score the first runs of the game. They would score in the first inning courtesy of a C.J. Willis two-run home run. That would be all for the first.

The only action in the second would come courtesy of Gunner Hellstorm and Harry Fullerton, of the Rafters, when they both hit singles with two outs in their sides of the innings. No runs would be scoring the second inning.

In the third inning, the Rafters would threaten when they would move a runner into scoring position. It looked as if the Rafters were going to have another run cross the plate, but a double play would end the third inning with no runs coming across the plate.

In the fourth, the Chinooks would be put down in order. Again, the Rafters’ offense was cooking. After a single, the Rafter runner stole second base. They would threaten with another runner. Tietz would work out of it, as he would get the Rafter batter, Harry Fullerton, to fly out.

The Chinooks would strike pay dirt in the top of the fifth. Chinook first baseman, Justin Olson, would lead off the inning with a home run. The lead was cut in half and the Chinooks were back in business. The Chinooks would be retired in order after the home run. Tietz would work quickly, retiring the Rafters in order.

The Chinooks offense go hot in the top of the sixth. A lead-off single by Savier Pinales started the inning off on the right foot. The Chinooks would get aggressive and Pinales would steal second and he would move into scoring position. Jake Thompson would single him in. The Chinooks most consistent hitter would tack on another RBI for the season. After tying the game, the Chinooks would be retired. The Rafters would only manage a single in their side of the sixth and we would be onto the seventh.

The Chinooks seventh would be short as the first three batters would be retired in order. Tietz would record one out and allow one walk and hit a batter and be pulled after that. He worked six and a third innings, allowed two walks, recorded three strike outs, and absorbed three earned runs. His ERA now stands at 3.80. Luke Sommerfeld would be subbed in for Tietz. Sommerfeld had a little trouble controlling pitches as he would allow a wild pitch and the Rafters would score the go ahead run. After scoring the go ahead run, the Rafters would be retired, and the game would move to the eighth.

Savier Pinales would reach base once again after getting hit by a pitch. The Chinooks would hit into a double play to be shut out in the inning. Will Klein would be subbed in at pitcher. He would only one hit and retire the next three batters.

It was do or die time for the Chinooks. After a late rally last night, there was no question the players were thinking of rallying once again. The Chinooks were quickly down to their last out of the night. Justin Olson worked a walk and a little glimmer of hope was there for a rally. Gunner Hellstorm would ground out and that would be the end of the game. Trevor Tietz would take the loss and the Chinooks’ record would move to 7-16.

The two-game series ends tomorrow against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. First pitch is tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

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.