Mequon, Wis. — Lakeshore’s winning chances were minimized Friday as the Booyah (4-7) held the Chinooks (4-7) scoreless through five innings and eventually held onto win, 4-3.
“We just didn’t play quite clean enough,” said field manager Travis Akre on what his team struggled with in the loss. “Sometimes you are gonna have tough ball games like that and we just didn’t get on the good side of it.”
Repping their alternate jerseys, the Chinooks played catchup all evening and to the credit, they eventually caught up. Northwestern’s Stephen Hrushtich who arrived in Mequon Friday afternoon was responsible for the first plated run of the day with a single to left field which scored Colton Bauer from second.
“I really like what we saw out of Stephen tonight,” Akre said. “He’s gonna be a good bat for us and some instant presence; thought he defended really well.”
Connor Kimple, continuing on the action, contributed another single right past the shortstop scoring Brennen Bales who reached base earlier in the inning on a walk. Finally, in the seventh inning, Nathan Aide brought it to a one-run affair reaching home on a wild pitch that was intended to be thrown from the mound to first base. And just like that the Chinooks were down one with six more outs to work with.
While Green Bay controlled much of the evening, the game did not start that way. RHP Joe Glassey was given the nod and held the Booyah scoreless in the first and second, holding the team to one hit in the opening inning. In the latter, it was easy as one-two-three.
Although, in the third adversity struck; an inning composed of six batters led to Green Bay attaining their first run. Glassey threw for three innings, on three hits, one earned run, two walks and three strikeouts.
A quiet attack from the start gradually ramped back up in the fifth, after Chinook pitcher Nathan Haberthier pitched seamless baseball with a one-hit fourth inning. Short and to the point, pitching coach Ryan Colgate was happy to see the freshman deliver strikes saying, “I mean they just pounded the zone.”
One thing led to another though in the fifth and Nick Dagnello punched the sword through the shield with an RBI single, scoring Nathan Blasick. But it would not end there; Dagnello eventually scored from first on an infield error.
And in the top of the eighth, hoots and hollers emerged for the Booyah dugout, a sense of energy and passion that put the nail in the coffin for the opposing team. Green Bay got right to work with a Tyler Hollow single followed by a Max Wagner walk. Then, outfielder Dalton Pearson advanced the runners over on a groundout to second.
With just one out and the bases loaded, the hard-fought work from the Chinooks appeared to be crashing down with a blanket of silence covering the Lakeshore faithful. All eyes were on Johnny Hipsman as he approached the plate and ultimately laid down a sac bunt that scored the go-ahead run and also landed the left-fielder on first.
Despite there being some light at the end of the tunnel for the Chinooks in the bottom of the eighth inning and ninth innings there was no momentum or contagious hitting to work with. Lakeshore dropped to 4-7 on the season.
The Chinooks will be back in action Saturday to start a two-game road series with the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters (6-6). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.