Kenosha, Wisconsin – In a crazy back and forth game, the Chinooks were able to come out on top against the Kenosha Kingfish with a final score of 7-6. The game went into extra innings with the Chinooks getting the game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning. For a high-scoring game, most of the offensive action took place in the first half of the game. 10 of the 13 runs scored happened in the first five innings of the game. The last couple of innings felt more like a pitcher’s duel that was expected between the Chinooks starting pitcher Tommy Lamb and the Kingfish starting pitcher Clark Candiotti.
Lamb has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Chinooks this season with his ERA at 3.00 heading into the matchup against the Kingfish. Candiottti was even more impressive so far with a low 1.75 ERA. That all changed with the potent Chinooks offense giving Candiotti a night he’d like to forget. The Kingfish gave some early run support as Josh Leslie hit a 2-run double that gave the Kingfish a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st. The Chinooks offense couldn’t get anything going until the 3rd inning.
John Bay and Marcus Cline started off the top half of the 3rd by reaching on base to give the Chinooks runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. They advanced to 2nd and 3rd from a Bryce Stober groundout. Matthias Haas delivered a tying 2-RBI single to get the Chinooks back in the ball game. Garrett Martin who has been a red hot at the plate for the Chinooks since coming over from Oklahoma State was able to help get two more runs in for the Chinooks from an error by Kingfish shortstop Drake Varnado. In a dramatic turn of events, the Chinooks had a 4-2 lead.
Drake Varnado got back after his sloppy mistake to score a run in the bottom of the 3rd to only trail 4-3. Two more runs in the top of the 4th and the 5th extended the Chinooks to a solid 6-3 lead. John Bay hit an RBI single and Caleb Bartolero helped continue the Chinooks momentum with an RBI double. Clark Candiotti was out of the game after 4.1 innings pitched. He had his worst start of the season giving up 4 earned runs and 7 hits. Tommy Lamb was able to control the Kingfish for most of the night after the tough 1st inning. He allowed 4 runs, but only 5 hits and led the Chinooks pitching staff with 6 strikeouts.
Marc Lidd was sent in for relief. He pitched the 6th and 7th inning with scoreless frames. With Lidd struggling in the 8th inning, the Kingfish offense woke up. Gage Williams hit a bloop single to make it a 6-5 game. Mitch Mueller came in to pitch for Lidd with runners on the corner and only one out. Parker Stinson was able to drive in an RBI groundout that tied the game 6-6.
Neither offense got anything going in the 9th as the game went to extras. With the California Rule in the Northwoods League, Caleb Bartolero started the inning as the runner at 2nd. Joey Spence and Marcus Cline both couldn’t move Bartolero over to 3rd as it was two quick outs by Kingfish pitcher Grayson Thurman. John Bay came to the plate looking to be the Chinooks hero. Mission accomplished as Bay became Mr. Clutch on an RBI double to give the Chinooks a 7-6 lead that wouldn’t be gone.
Mitch Mueller shut down the Kingfish offense in the bottom of the 10th with a 3 up and 3 down frame. Mueller gave up no runs and no hits while pitching the last 2.2 innings. Mueller got his first win of the season and dropped his ERA down to 1.46.
The Chinooks look to keep their two-game winning streak rolling in the 2nd game of the Fish Bowl Series. The two teams meet again at Moonlight Graham Field at Kapco Park for an early Sunday night game. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm.