Mequon, Wis – A chilly June night saw plenty of hits between both teams, but the Chinooks were unable to hang on to a one-run lead as heavy fog rolled in from Lake Michigan. Lakeshore secured four runs on nine total hits, but a two-run 8th inning by Fond Du Lac proved too much to overcome.
Eric Chalus (0-0, 3.60 ERA) started on the mound for Lakeshore tonight and got off to a great start, retiring six straight Doc Spiders hitters. Lakeshore secured an early lead in the 1st inning after a leadoff single by Michael Seegers and an RBI single by Matthew Deprey, which put the Chinooks up 1-0. Lakeshore came close to extending their early lead, but Josh Williams was called out at home plate attempting to score, almost avoiding the tag on a ball thrown from right field.
Fond Du Lac responded in the top of the 3rd inning by getting three consecutive RBI singles to put them ahead of Lakeshore, 3-1. These three runs were the only ones given up by Chalus, who went five innings while striking out six.
Lakeshore would roar back in the bottom of the 5th by putting two runs on the board to even things up. Matthew Deprey started things off with a standup double with one out. After a single by Caden Kaiser, Aidan Longwell would drive in an RBI single to chip away at the Spiders lead. Lakeshore tied the game on a wild pitch with bases loaded and would finish the inning tied with Fond Du Lac 3-3.
Lakeshore secured another one-run lead in the bottom of the 7th after an errant throw to first with two outs brought Marcus Cline home, putting the Chinooks up 4-3 going into the 8th. The Doc Spiders would hit two RBI doubles in the top of the 8th to claim a 5-4 lead that they would maintain to finish the game.
Lakeshore collected 21 total hits in their two games between the Doc Spiders but continue to strand runners on base. Lakeshore has lost five games in a row but will look to turn things around Wednesday as they face Madison on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm at Warner Park in Madison, WI.