Long Ball Pushes Chinooks Past Mallards
By Kevin Mackey
Mequon, WI – After both offenses were held relatively silent last night, Lakeshore and Madison returned to Kapco Park and combined for 24 hits and 16 runs in tonight’s 11-5 Chinooks win.
Jim Jarecki out of Valparaiso toed the rubber Tuesday night for the Chinooks as they played the second and final game of a series against the Mallards. Jarecki entered tonight with a 4.32 ERA in 4 appearances for the Chinooks this summer. A walk and a hit allowed the Mallards to put runners on first and third in the top of the first. With two on and two out, Logan Michaels drove a single over the outstretched arms of Troy Black and into left field which scored Ranel from third.
Despite allowing a run in the first, the Chinooks jumped on Mallards starter Eliot Turnquist. Ronnie Sweeny III got the inning started for the Chinooks with a single, but was called out on a fielder’s choice next batter. Nathan Aide scampered to third on a single from Jake Thompson and scored after another single from Daryl Myers. Griffin Doersching sent a towering double off the fence in left-center field scoring Jake Thompson and the Chinooks made the score 3-1 on a sacrifice fly from Trent Bauer.
Both teams scored more runs in the first inning than scored in last nights contest that resulted in a 2-0 win for Lakeshore.
Lakeshore’s offense ran up the Turnquist’s pitch count to 36 pitches after the first inning that, by Northwoods League rule, knocked him out of the game.
The offense didn’t stop for either team in the third as Timo Shau scored on a groundout to shortstop after he reached base on a walk.
Two-out hitting came up big for the Chinooks in the second as Paul Bergstrom took the mound in place of Turnquist. Bergstrom quickly got 2 outs in the inning, but an error got the Chinooks offense going. A single from Jake Thompson put two runners on and Aide scored from second on a single from Daryl Myers. Griffin Doersching another towering shot into left-center field and over the Kwik Trip sign for a three-run home run and put the Chinooks ahead 7-2.
A leadoff triple Ben Anderson followed by a sacrifice fly allowed the Mallards to get one of those runs back and make the score 7-3.
Despite loading the bases with no outs in the 4th, Madison could only get one run and made the scored 7-4.
The Chinooks quickly took that run back as a Jake Thompson single scored Sweeny III, who reached on a walk and stole second.
Fireworks came in the 6th as Justin Olson and Ronnie Sweeny III sent back-to-back solo home runs over the wall in right field and pushed the Chinooks lead to 10-4.
Madison got one back in the next half-inning on an RBI single from JT Mabry, but the Chinooks would get that run back as Trent Bauer hit a triple to the wall in right field and scored on a sacrifice fly from Trenton Wallace.
Lakeshore got big contributions on offense from three Chinooks that anchor the middle of the lineup. Jake Thompson went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Daryl Myers went 3/4 with 2 RBI’s, and Griffin Doersching went 2 for 3 with a walk and 4 RBI’s. These Chinooks led the charge for the offense tonight in putting up 11 runs.
The Chinooks have now one 5 in a row and sit at 10-8 in the second half of the season.
Lakeshore returns to Kapco Park for a doubleheader against the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders tomorrow with games at 11:35 am and 6:35 pm. The Madison Mallards have a doubleheader of their own against the Green Bay Booyah at 12 pm and 7 pm. Lakeshore travels to Madison for the last time on Saturday and Madison returns to Kapco Park for their last trip to Mequon on Sunday night.