Madison, Wis. – Lights out pitching and successful at-bats lead the way for Lakeshore as they shut down the Madison Mallards in a 5-0 victory.
Following a league-wide off day, the Lakeshore Chinooks (2-7) made their way to Madison to take on the Mallards (4-5) on Wednesday.
Scott Rouse (1-0, 0.69 ERA) made his second start of the season for the Chinooks, throwing all nine innings. Rouse had nine strikeouts, no walks and allowed no runs on three hits.
The Chinooks reached the plate first in the third inning due to a collaboration of hits from Caden Kaiser and Matthew Deprey bringing Michael Seggers home to score as he was just activated two days ago.
As Rouse sat two of the three batters down in the bottom of the third, the Chinooks went into the top of the fourth to add to their lead, setting the tone of the game.
Capitalizing on a Mallard error in the top of the fourth set the Chinooks up to take the lead 3-0 scoring two runs off Seggers two-run RBI single to right field.
Aiden Longwell stepped up in the top of the fifth inning adding insurance runs for the Chinooks. Longwell racked up his first home run of the season with a two-run homer to give Lakeshore a 5-0 lead.
The Mallards brought in a new pitcher to face the Chinooks as they tried to rally a five-run deficit as they did against Green Bay days before.
Lakeshore did not struggle to make contact but lacked following through with bringing runs across the plate. As they left a total of four runners on base in the last three innings.
Inching his way into a no hitter, the Mallards reached base for the first time of the game in the bottom of the eighth after a single to shortstop. The Chinooks stopped the Mallards from going any further by a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Down to their final three at bats, the Mallards brought two base runners aboard off two hits but couldn’t bring them around to the plate.
The Chinooks head back to Moonlight Graham field tomorrow as they will host the Mallards in game 2, first pitch at 6:35 p.m.