Chinooks Flex Their Muscles in Win
By Kevin Mackey
Mequon, WI – Despite scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, the Chinooks fell to the Dock Spiders and fell into a tie for 3rd place in the Great Lakes West division. In a doubleheader back on June 11th against the Dock Spiders, the Chinooks dropped Game 1 but came back with vengeance in Game 2. The Chinooks did exactly that tonight as they flexed their muscles on offense in Game 2 putting up 20 runs in the win.
With each team in the Great Lakes West division of the Northwoods League playing a doubleheader today, the top teams have golden opportunities to separate them from the rest of the division with a little more than three weeks remaining in the regular season.
Troy Black, who gets regular time at third base for the Chinooks, got the start on the mound for Lakeshore as he as also made three appearances on the mound this summer.
Fond Du Lac struck first as an error and a walk put a pair of runners on for the Dock Spiders. Tate Kolwyck’s two-out RBI single up the middle scored the first run of the game.
The Chinooks tied up the game in the next half-inning as a two-out walk put Jake Thompson on for Daryl Myers, who sent flyball to towards the left-center field gap and Otto Grimm dropped the fly ball allowing Thompson to score from first.
Mike Trautwein continued some great hitting from earlier today with a two-out RBI single into right field to score the go-ahead run. After a walk to load the bases, Jake Thompson added two more runs on a two-RBI single into left field that scored Wallace and Trautwein. After another walk to reload the bases, Griffin Doersching’s single scored another run to build the lead to 5-1.
Despite two errors in Game 1, Cole Barr made a play moving to his left to leave two runners on base for the Dock Spiders in the third.
Lakeshore added to their lead in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly from Cole Barr followed by a two-RBI double in the gap in left-center field by Jake Thompson to score Trautwein and Olson. That two-RBI double gave Thompson 4 RBI’s and it’s just the third inning. A double down the right-field line scored Thompson. The Chinooks third double in a row, this time by Griffin Doersching, that bounced over the wall in left field gave the Chinooks a commanding 10-1 lead. Yet another double by Trent Bauer scored Doersching from second.
A few more insurance runs were tacked on in the fourth as Cole Barr hit a two-run shot to left as he tattoed his second home run of the day.
The Chinooks offense wouldn’t let up as they tacked on four more in the bottom of fifth, marking that they have now scored in each inning tonight, and pushed the lead to 17-1. But four runs wasn’t enough as Otto Grimm dropped a flyball in center field to score two more runs and Griffin Doersching’s single tacked another on the scoreboard marking the Chinooks 20th run of the game. Yes, you read that right. 20 runs and it’s only the fifth inning.
Lakeshore finally took the foot of the gas in the 6th as they went scoreless in the 6th and 7th.
With a bloop single from David Dunn in the 8th off of Cam McMillan, a position player, marked that each starter had a hit in tonight’s game.
The highlight of the Dock Spiders night came in the ninth as Ryan Sepede tattoed a home run over the left-field fence as well as adding another run on a Luke Robinson RBI single. Fond Du Lac tacked on another run on an RBI double from Tate Kolwyck. But that proved to be way, way, way too little way too late for the Dock Spiders.
The Chinooks dismantle the Dock Spiders in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader as they win 20-4. Lakeshore hosts Green Bay in Game 1 of a two-game series tomorrow night with first pitch coming at 6:35 PM.
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.