Chinooks Look to End on a High Note
Mequon, WI- Last year, the thought of making the playoffs for the Chinooks hadn’t even entered the minds of the those involved with the team. Five years removed from their championship season; the Chinooks were back in the hunt for a shot at the coveted Northwoods League crown. Unfortunately, the Chinooks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs last night. With their loss and Wisconsin Rapids Rafter loss, the only thing left to do is force a tie for the second half of the season. That would force the league to look at the head-to-head matchup between the two teams. The Rafters hold that tiebreaker.
The Chinooks and Booyah would be playing for pride tonight. Jesse Slinger would take the mound for the Chinooks in game one against the Booyah. Slinger would bring a 4.03 ERA to tonight’s game. Slinger would work a quick 1-2-3 top of the first.
The Chinooks would put two on courtesy of a Jake Thompson walk and a Daryl Myers infield hit with two outs. Griffin Doersching would fly out to right-center to end the inning. The Chinooks would almost turn a triple play in the top of the second, but the batter was able to get down the first baseline.
Justin Olson would double in Trent Bauer to give the Chinooks the lad in the bottom of the second. Slinger would be back on the mound to work the top of the third. Slinger would not allow any runs to score. Slinger and Booyah starter, Wiggins, would continue their pitcher duel as both squads would go scoreless through four innings.
The fifth inning would be more of the same as both pitchers would not allow any runs. Slinger would walk the bases loaded with one out. The scoreless inning streak would come to end as Slinger would allow Jacob Buchberger to double to right and bring two runs in. After another walk, a pitching change would be made. Blake Harseim would go to work with two outs in the sixth. Slinger finished with seven walks and three earned runs in five and two-thirds innings of work.
With the Booyah leading 3-1, the Chinooks would put two runners on with one out. It would short-lived as Trent Bauer would ground out to the pitcher and Green bay would turn a 1-6-3 double play.
With two outs and a runner on second, Green Bay would bring in one more run. The lead extended to three as the Chinooks would come to the plate. The Chinooks would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh and with two outs the Chinooks cut the lead to two runs.
The eighth saw both teams trade runs in their respective innings. Game action would move to the ninth with the Chinooks trailing 5-3. Jonah Nosek would sub in the ninth and give up one run. Lakeshore Chinooks would come to the plate looking for a walk-off win.
The Chinooks offense would be shut down in order and drop their second game in the row. Losing tonight was a twist of the dagger for the Chinook’s playoffs hopes.
Lakeshore travels to Green Bay to finish up the two-game set with the Booyah. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
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.