Green Bay, Wis. — After a quick turnaround from Saturday night’s loss, the Lakeshore Chinooks (2-5) traveled to Green Bay to face the Booyah (2-5) inside Capital Credit Union Park.
The intense northern Wisconsin sun may have shone, but Lakeshore’s bats were anything but hot, ultimately failing to produce offensively in a 5-3 loss.
The teams’ first matinee of the season provided a different problem for the Chinooks, as the offense lacked while pitching remained mostly consistent.
First baseman Griffin Doersching continued his plate production, extending his hit streak to five games. Since starting the season 0-for-8 with four strikeouts, Doersching has registered two or more hits during his streak, including a home run in each of his last four games.
The 2019 NCAA Home Run Derby champion also leads the Northwoods League in home runs with four, adding his fourth Sunday with a moon shot to center field.
“I just wanted to keep doing what I’ve been doing.” Doersching said. “I want to keep seeing the ball well, keep getting my swing off and making sure that I do it on pitches that I can hit. I really just wanna do everything in my power to help us start a winning streak.”
Doersching’s performance at the plate on Sunday was the extent of Lakeshore’s attack, accounting for all three of the team’s hits. A triple in the fourth, home run in the sixth and double in the eighth left the power threat just a single shy of the cycle.
Winners of two straight, the Booyah have leaned on their starting pitchers to throw deep into the game, each throwing six innings. Dixie State pitcher Ben Hart threw for six complete innings in the start versus Lakeshore, allowing three earned runs on two hits and five strikeouts.
Donning their alternate uniforms, the Green Bay “G.O.A.T.S,” wore green and gold uniforms in honor of the Packers greats, won both their second game of the season and second consecutive game.
Chinooks relief pitcher Tyler Schweitzer, who lifted University of Wisconsin-Whitewater starter Westin Muir, took care of business on the mound in his Chinooks debut. The right-handed reliever surrendered only two hits, striking out four of the 13 batters he faced.
“It felt great to get back on the mound again.” Schweitzer said. “Going out there and putting up zeros is a lot of fun.”
Schweitzer’s quick work on the mound allowed the Chinooks an attempted comeback — one that remained incomplete.
The final game of the first week of the Chinooks’ season resulted in a lackluster Lakeshore attack, as only catcher Conner Fiene, third baseman Brennen Bales and first baseman Griffin Doersching occupied the basepaths.
Doersching’s heroics kept the team in the game, tying the game at three runs apiece with a sixth-inning home run to center field.
The stalemate was lost in the seventh inning following an up-and-down performance from right handed relief pitcher Andrew Staebell, however. The junior of Wayne State conceded two earned runs in the bottom of the seventh, before getting out of a jam with a double play.
Heading into the last two frames, an additional offensive spark was needed from the fatigued Chinooks lineup besides that of Doersching, who had done his fair share at the plate. Though he managed a double in the top of the eighth, the slugger was left stranded.
Brought in to relieve the struggling Staebell, right-hander Kyle Lang allowed just one hit on four batters faced in the bottom of the eighth to handle business.
A pair of groundouts and a fly out kept the Chinooks silent in their final try at a second two-run rally, nonetheless.
Staebell was tacked with the loss, after Muir’s three earned runs relinquished through three innings.
Desperate to get back into the win column, Lakeshore hosts Green Bay in the second leg of their two game series at Kapco Park, a game both teams are determined to win in their climb back to .500 baseball. First pitch will be thrown at 6:35 p.m.