Mequon, Wis – It was another frustrating night for the Lakeshore Chinooks all around. Coming off a great win against the Madison Mallards on Wednesday, the Chinooks couldn’t get a winning streak going as the team lost 5-2 to split the series with the Mallards. The starting pitching matchup in the game was a battle between two college teammates from the University of Illinois. Ryan O’Hara of the Mallards got the better of his colleague Johnny Czeslawski by pitching 4 shutout innings and not facing much trouble during his start. O’Hara only gave up 3 hits on an efficient 34 pitches. Czeslawski had traffic all around the bases as he allowed 2 earned runs with 6 hits and 3 walks.
Both offenses had over 11 hits tonight, but the Mallards were able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. Josh Caron looked like an all-star for the Mallards. He continued his hot start to the season for the Mallards by going 2 for 3 with 2 walks and kept his batting average above .300. JJ Rollon was also a key player for the Mallards delivering an RBI on a 2 for 3 night.
Matthew Deprey and Michael Seegers continued to be huge offensive leaders for the Chinooks. Deprey and Stober each had 3 hit games as they were all over the base paths for the Chinooks. Deprey and Bryce Stober hit the 2 RBIs for the Chinooks. Stober also had a solid offensive performance with 2 hits and scoring 1 run. The Chinooks had great scoring opportunities in the 7th and 9th innings. They were able to score 1 run in each inning. Matthew Deprey got an RBI single in the 7th, but the Mallards reliever Bryce Woody struck out Marcus Cline with the bases loaded.
Woody looked unhittable in relief for the 7th and 8th inning, but struggled in the 9th trying to close out the Chinooks. Caden Kaiser had a clutch double to cut the Mallards lead down to 5-3 with only one out in the bottom of the 9th. The momentum was favoring the Chinooks as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd, but they weren’t able to get another hit as the Chinooks stranded the runners in scoring position. After the game Chinooks manager Travis Akre said, “As the game went on we made some adjustments offensively, just couldn’t get the big hit in the end.” Another tough, close loss for the Chinooks.
The Chinooks record falls to 2-8 as the club continues to struggle. The Mallards win gets them back to .500 and a 5-5 record to stay closer in the Great Lakes West division race. The Chinooks play the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Friday night at Moonlight Graham Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.