By Kevin Mackey
Green Bay, WI – The Chinooks set back out on the road today following their 5-2 loss to the Booyah last night at Kapco Park. Lakeshore loaded the bases quite a few times, but could not capitalize and turn those scoring chances into runs. With a tough start to the second half of the season, the Chinooks still find themselves in striking distance of the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
After Cole Barr leading off with a single, two strikeouts put the Chinooks in a tough position to score runs in the first inning. But a homerun from tonight’s starting right fielder Mike Trautwein put the Chinooks up 2-0.
The scoring did not stop there as the Booyah responded with 3 runs of their own. With two runners on and no outs, Brady West sent a double in the gap that would start the comeback for the Booyah. A productive groundout to shortstop from Joe Mason scored Blaise Maris for their second run. Jarrett Ford’s single gave the Booyah their third run of the game and a 3-2 lead.
The Chinooks tied up the game in the second as Troy Black scored on a groundout by Justin Olson.
Lakeshore regained the lead in the third as Mike Trautwein hit his second two-run home run of the game giving the Chinooks the 5-3 lead. Two batters latter Troy Black send a solo shot over the fence building the lead to 6-3.
Joe Mason added another run for the Booyah in the bottom of the third on a solo home run.
The Chinooks responded as Nathan Aide scored on an error from Booyah shortstop Mike Ruggiero giving the Chinooks the 7-4 lead.
Lakeshore put up runs in each of the first four innings to build a three run lead over the Booyah. But the Booyah weren’t far behind as they did not let the Chinooks run away with the game. In the bottom of the fifth, a home run from Joe Mason pulled the Booyah within one.
Griffin Doersching helped the Chinooks tack on another run during the 6th on an RBI single that scored Nathan Aide.
Green Bay wouldn’t let the Chinooks walk away with this win easily as a home run from Brady West once again cut the Chinooks lead to just one.
With Ryan Schmit looking for six out save as he worked with two-outs in the 9th after retiring Blaise Maris and Brady West. With a runner on third and two-outs, Joe Mason sent a ball over the fence for a walk-off home run and giving the Booyah their second straight win by the score of 9-8.
The Chinooks make the trip from Green Bay to Kenosha for a road game against the Kenosha Kingfish for a Great Lakes East vs Great Lakes West interdivisional showdown. The Chinooks split a two game set as they put up a season high 15 runs against the Kingfish back on July 5th. The Chinooks battle the Kingfish at Historic Simmons Field at 6:35 PM tomorrow night.
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.