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Chinooks Shutout in Home Loss

Mequon, Wis. — The Lakeshore bats were held scoreless at the hands of the Madison Mallards(7-5), Saturday night. Amounting to just four hits, the Chinooks offense was unable to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. 

Joe Glassey took the mound for Lakeshore, making his sixth start of the season. Throwing a strike on 60% of the pitches he threw, Glassey’s impressive performance overall was overshadowed by the two hits he gave up, which both resulted in Mallards runs. 

Glassey retired the first six batters he faced, but failed to retire the seventh straight hitter on a leadoff walk in the top of the third inning. After forcing the next two batters out, Glassey conceded his first hit of the ball game. 

Cam Cratic sent a ball over the right field fence, just out of reach of Chinook right fielder Nathan Gray’s glove. The two run bomb gave the Mallards an early 2-0 lead, a lead which they comfortably held and never gave up. 

Four of the six innings that Glassey pitched resulted in 1-2-3 innings. After giving up the homerun and a single run in the top of the fourth inning, the right hander from the University of Illinois found his rhythm again, retiring the next six batters he faced.

“Executing.” Glassey said. “I missed my spots, knew where I was missing and I didn’t make the adjustments early enough. I made sure going out for a fresh inning that I wasn’t making those mistakes.”

Glassey was lifted for Brody Ware in the top of the seventh inning. Glassey finished his night throwing six complete innings, allowing three runs and striking out a pair of hitters as well. 

Ware faced just seven hitters in his two innings of work, allowing no hits and striking out a Mallard batter. Saturday night marked the first time since June 20th that Ware went without allowing a run on the mound.

His two shutout innings allowed the Chinooks to stay in the ball game; however, the bats never put enough hits together to amount to any runs. Five Chinook batters were held hittless and no Chinook reached base multiple times, besides for Jackson Gray, who walked twice in four plate appearances. 

Mallards starter Justin Medlin earned the win for his six inning shutout performance Saturday night. Medlin retired eight Chinook hitters via strikeout, facing 25 batters while allowing just four hits. The Arkansas State senior faced the Chinooks just three days ago, pitching one inning in the Lakeshore 11-5 victory. Medlin threw a first pitch strike on 68% of pitches, effectively getting the Chinook hitters down early in their at bats. 

Lakeshore’s closest chance to get on the board came in the bottom of the fifth inning. A Mack Timbrook base hit followed immediately by Ethan Vecrumba reaching on an error had runners at the corners with one down in the frame. However, Medlin got out of the jam, retiring the next two Lakeshore hitters. Standing just 90 feet from home, Timbrook represented the closest the Chinooks came to scoring the rest of the ball game, losing to the Mallards 3-0.

“We were missing good pitches.” Hitting coach Bladen Bales said. “When we would get down in the count he [Medlin] would flip in some breaking balls, some change ups and were missing them. In this league, the pitchers are too good and if you miss your pitches, you probably won’t see another.”

Following Saturday night’s loss, Lakeshore fell to the third lowest team batting average in the Northwoods League(.232), while the teams average ERA sits at tenth best in the league(4.37). The two contrasting rankings highlight many losses this summer, including Saturday night’s.

Lakeshore returns to Kapco for the final game of the four game home stand. Sunday afternoon’s game is the final game before the Northwoods League midsummer classic, which Chinook veteran Griffin Doersching will take part in. FIrst pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.