Chinooks pull off 2-1 win late, end season on three-game win streak
Mequon, Wis. – Jim Jarecki was determined to shut it down late.
Green Bay loaded the bases and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, but the Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate held off the Booyah for long enough.
With the tying run at third base, Jarecki retired Green Bay third baseman Brett Blair on a groundout to third base, garnering his second straight save while pushing the Chinooks to a third consecutive victory, 2-1, in their final contest of the 2021 season.
“I just thanked them for their time and their efforts,” Chinooks field manager Travis Akre said. “This is a long season and when you bounce off of your previous season, your spring [collegiate season], and you come in here, my biggest thing is I want to make sure these guys are learning baseball, but [also] life lessons. How much of this schedule and this hard work [matters], and really prepare them for the real world.”
Lakeshore (15-21) relied on four different relievers to hold Green Bay (12-25) scoreless on six hits prior to Jarecki’s entry in the final frame. Right-hander Luis Canez earned his first starting nod after registering a save through two innings in his prior appearance but was lifted before the fourth, despite already striking out four batters.
Right-handed reliever Arthur Liebau, despite having surrendered a season-most three earned runs Wednesday, retired six of the following seven hitters. Cade Berendt then replicated as the southpaw sat down five of six hitters, striking out three.
“We just wanted to empty the kitchen sink tonight,” Akre said. “We wanted to give all these guys a chance to get a little work, and just try to build a team effort tonight and get a win. And we did, it was special. Tonight was a fun group effort and I’m just proud of those guys for playing hard for nine innings.”
Reaching base for the first time in the fourth, shortstop Mack Timbrook relied on catcher Josh Glenn’s double to shallow right field to get into third base. Riley Swenson grounded out to first base, scoring Timbrook for a 2-0 lead.
Still trailing, 2-0, in the seventh, the Booyah were down to their final seven outs, until right fielder Marcus Hornacek reached first base for the first time on a walk. Shortstop Spencer Weston singled to right field, moving Hornacek into scoring position for Green Bay’s first scoring threat since the third.
Reliever Jake Orthober struck out Blair for Lakeshore pitching’s eighth, but Booyah catcher Jakob Runnels reached second base due to left fielder Nathan Aide’s fielding error. Orthober eliminated the scoring threat on his own upon first baseman Alec Danen’s lineout to the Cedarburg, Wisconsin, native.
Glenn, who had already filled all other eight spots in Lakeshore’s defensive alignment, filled for Orthober and retired left fielder Johnny Hipsman — Green Bay’s second-leading hitter — on a 1-3 groundout.
Green Bay’s final reliever in Jeff Thielke retired Lakeshore’s last three batters on a pair of strikeouts and a fly out, redeeming himself after taking a loss versus the Rafters three days earlier.
Although the Chinooks had only relied on seven hits in back-to-back wins, their chemistry also played a critical role toward their longest win streak in August. Lakeshore had also not defeated Green Bay at Kapco Park since July 2, a 13-3 result that marked its highest scoring output against the Booyah all season.
“Baseball’s such a beautiful thing, it doesn’t matter if you show up and you’ve been here for a day or a week, these guys leave instantly as buddies and lifelong friends,” Akre said. “Summer ball’s just so unique in that aspect.”