Ashwaubenon, Wis. — Lakeshore (14-21) scored the game’s first run Friday at Capital Credit Union Park and never looked back, winning 10-4 against the Green Bay Booyah (12-24).
The Chinooks got just what they needed in order to come out on top: the first-inning surge from Jackson Gray, combined with a seven-inning, 10-strikeout performance from right-hander Joe Glassey.
“We took advantage of what they gave us,” said field manager Travis Akre about the win. “We scored more runs than we had hits and guys worked some counts that lead to more base runners. Great to see guys finishing with good approaches at the plate.”
With two outs in the first, Gray soloed to right field to record the team’s first run — his eighth home run of the season. However, in the latter half of the inning, Green Bay’s Spencer Weston took the first pitch he saw from Glassey and evened up the score at one apiece.
Glassey appeared in 10 games prior to Friday and Lakeshore did not win a single one of them. However, in the 11th game, Glassey got a much-needed win for his personal record and for his teams.
“I did everything I could in this outing here; today it worked out but some days it doesn’t,” said Glassey on how happy he is to get a win after such a long drought. “So going back to school with a win, is a huge, big confidence boost and just staying level-headed when I go into school and not getting too high or getting too low.”
Through seven innings of the bump, the Lindenhurst, Illinois native, relinquished just three earned runs on five hits and one walk. The three runs that Glassey was responsible for came via the long ball.
While the redshirt freshman was dominating on defense, the Chinook’s offense gave him much-needed run support from the batter’s box.
In the fourth, with Gray and Josh Glenn on first and second, UW-Milwaukee’s Ty Olenik dribbled an oddly-spinning near the second baseman who could not make the play at first, and Gray scored from second. Moments later, Glenn and Olenik crossed home on a Sam Beers single and a wild pitch.
The sixth inning very well could have been called the “Timbrook Show.” Mack Timbrook broke the ball game open with a grand slam that could be heard around the world. And to make matters more interesting, Timbrook noted how poorly he felt prior to the matchup. Nonetheless, the bases-clearing shot extended the Chinooks’ lead 9-2 and gave Timbrook its second moonshot of the summer. Lakeshore tacked on their 10th and final run on the evening following a bases-loaded walk to Evan Rice.
Wittenberg University’s Logan Wiggenhorn relieved Glassey in the eighth while making his first appearance in the Chinook uniform. Similar to Jake Orthober, who pitched on Aug. 11 versus the Mallards, Wiggenhorn began his summer as an intern too.
In spite of that, Wiggenhorn escaped the eighth unscathed. The rising senior walked one and struck out two only his way to surrendering no hits and no runs.
Then, in the ninth, closer DJ Hess slammed the door on the Booyah in 1-2-3 fashion with three punchouts. The three Chinook pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts Friday: Glassey (10), Wiggenhorn (2), Hess (3).
“For the most part, the pitching staff got ahead of hitters,” Akre said. “That led to guys being able to make more effective two-strike pitches. Those guys did what we needed today from them.”
Lakeshore welcomes the Green Bay Booyah to Kapco Park Saturday for the season finale, with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.