Mequon, WI- The Chinooks looked to go for their first sweep of the season against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Making the start for the Chinooks would be Parker Coyne. He would come into the game with 5.66 ERA.
The Rafters would jump on Coyne early. Outfielder, C.J. Willis would start the game with a leadoff double and the following batter would single to right field. The Rafters would threaten with runners on the corners to start the game. After a strikeout, Coyne would walk the number four batter. The next rafter batter would hit a laser to the first baseman, Ronnie Sweeny III, and he would double of the Rafters to end the Rafters threat.
The Chinooks would go silently in the first as the first three batters would be retired in order. Coyne would work a hitless second inning and the Chinooks would come to the plate looking for their first hit of the night. Once again, the Chinooks would be turned away in order.
The Rafters would get another man on base to start the third inning and after throwing error by Chinook third baseman, Cameron Hart. The Rafters had runners on the corners once again. Coyne would look in for the sign and he was able to induce another ground ball. The Chinooks would turn their second double play of the day and would escape the inning with no damage. The Chinooks offense would look to get things into gear but would go down in order once again.
Coyne would work a clean fourth inning and the Chinooks would look to break up Jack Sinclair’s perfect game. Cameron Hart would rope a double to left and the Chinooks would have their first hit of the day and that would be it for Sinclair’s perfect game. Sweeny III would work a walk and the Chinooks had two runners on base for the first time tonight. It would be short lived as Griffin Doersching would pop out to end the inning.
By the fifth inning, Coyne was settled in. Coyne had the Rafters in his back pocket as he would strike out the side. The Chinooks came to bat looking to strike first in this extravagant pitching duel. The lead off batter, Daryl Myers, would draw a walk to start the inning. An error by the pitcher allowed the Chinooks to threaten with runners at first and second base. Jake Artz would move the runners up one base with a broken bat ground out. The Chinooks had runners at second and third with two outs. Savier Pinales would come to the plate. He would ground out to second and the Chinooks would leave two runners stranded in scoring position.
After a leadoff walk by Coyne, he would strand one Rafter runner in scoring position as the following batters would pop out and strikeout. No runs had come across the plate yet, and the Chinooks would look to be the first team to do just that. It was not to be as Sinclair would shut down the Lakeshore offense once again.
Coyne would be back to work the seventh inning and he would retire the rafters in order once again. Both pitchers brought their best stuff to tonight’s game. Doersching would lead the bottom of the seventh off with a single. That would the second hit given up by Sinclair. Myers would draw a walk and that would be all for Sinclair.
Sinclair seemed to run out of gas and the Chinooks looked to capitalize on the mistakes by the Rafter starter. Olson would come to the plate looking to move both runners over but would fail as his bunt attempt would pop up to the third baseman. David Dunn would come to the plate. A wild pitch would allow both runners to advance and the Chinooks had runners at second and third. Dunn hit a blooping single to center field the Chinooks struck first. Jake Artz would follow. He would hit a frozen rope to right center, and it would score two as Artz would role into third with a 2-RBI triple. Pinales would walk and Hart would come to the plate to do more damage. He would strike out and Trautwein would follow with a strikeout.
With the Chinooks grabbing a three run lead, Parker Coyne would be back on the mound to work in the eighth. He would record two more strike outs and the Chinooks would make the call to the bullpen. Coyne worked seven and two thirds innings, allowed 2 hits, and recorded eight strikeouts.
Ryan Schmit would be called into relive Coyne. C.J. Willis would be the first batter to face Schmit. He would line a double to right. Schmit would work past the double and he would get the Rafters to ground out to end the inning. Ronnie Sweeny III would come to the plate to try and extend the Chinooks lead. He would be retired. Doersching would leg out an infield single and Myers would follow with a strikeout. With two outs in the inning Justin Olson would come to the plate. He would draw a two out walk. David Dunn would single to right and Artz would come to the plate with the bases juiced. Artz would hit a weak chopper to the pitcher and the force out would be made out at home.
Closer Will Klein would enter the game and would go for his fourth save of the year. He would give up a lead off double. Klein would get back to work and he would retire the first batter of the inning. With one out Klein, seemed to find his breaking ball. He struck out the second batter with nasty breaking ball. Klein would strike out the last batter of night on 96 mph fastball.
The Chinooks sweep the second place Rafters and move to 10-18. Parker Coyne moves to 1-2 on the season and Will Klein gets his fourth save of the season.
Lakeshore has an off day Monday and travels to take on the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Tuesday.
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