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Doersching Leads Chinooks In Win

By Kevin Mackey

Mequon, WI – Lakeshore took the diamond at Kapco Park tonight for their fifth game at home this week. Green Bay traveled to town for a two-game set against the red hot Chinooks, winners of seven of their last ten, in the midst of a push for the playoffs. The offenses kept showing out at Kapco Park as Green Bay and Lakeshore combined for 22 runs on 30 hits.

Grant Hartwig took the mound for the Chinooks tonight for his seventh start of the summer. Green Bay jumped on the pitcher from Miami (OH) early today as a hit by pitch put a runner on base for the Booyah and a double later in the inning scored the Booyah’s first run of the inning. A two-out single from Blaise Maris scored Green Bay’s another run making their lead 2.

The Chinooks respond, as they always do, with three runs in the next half-inning. The rally started with back-to-back doubles from Cole Barr and Jake Thompson to plate the Chinooks first run. Thompson advanced the third on a wild pitch and tied up the game on a groundout to first. Fireworks came in the first as Griffin Doersching hit a no-doubt blast towards the light pole in left field effectively giving the Chinooks the 3-2 lead.

More fireworks came in the Chinooks next at-bat as a walk and a single put two runners on base for Nathan Aide, who sent another no-doubt home run over the Back Yard Patio and into the trees beyond left field. But three wasn’t enough for the Chinooks as Doersching’s sacrifice fly and a wild pitch scored two more runs.

For the third straight inning, Lakeshore put runs on the board as pair of singles from Hellstrom and Olson led off the inning and Hellstrom scored on a balk. Later in the inning, a two-out flyball caused five Booyah players to converge and the ball bounced in for a double and another run for the Chinooks.

Green Bay cut into the Chinooks lead, barely, as a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases in the fourth. Jacob Buchberger’s groundball to shortstop led to a putout at second bases, but the Chinooks conceded a run in the process.

Lakeshore got the run back in the bottom of the fifth to make their lead 11-3.

Griffin Doersching added to the Chinooks eight-run lead as he sent yet another no-doubt home run into the trees beyond left field.

Nathan Aide continued to hit in the seventh as a double started the inning for the Chinooks. Thompson’s single advanced Aide to third and he scored on a single from Myers. Doersching came about 3 feet from what would’ve been his third home run on the night, but Green Bay’s right fielder crashed into the wall as he made the catch.

Green Bay cut further into the Chinooks lead in the eight as a single and a walk put two runners on base for the Booyah. A groundout moved both runners into scoring position and Mike Ferri scored on a passed ball. A fielder’s choice scored another run for Green Bay.

Despite a four-run ninth for the Booyah, Jonah Nosek put the finishing touches on the Chinooks win.

Lakeshore scored in six out of their eight at-bats tonight as they put up 13 runs on 16 hits in the 13-9 win over the Booyah.

Lakeshore returns to Kapco Park tomorrow to play the finale of their series against the Booyah. First pitch will come 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.