Mequon, Wisconsin – Game 1 – On the last day of the regular season for the Northwoods League, the Chinooks and Rockers found themselves playing a double-header matchup in Mequon. Game one of the day was rescheduled from a few weeks ago due to heavy fog. The game picked up where it left off, with the Chinooks leading 4-0 in the top of the second inning. Lakeshore ended up defeating Green Bay 14-8 and collected 15 team hits.
Mitch Alba started on the mound for Lakeshore and found himself in a peculiar situation. Alba’s first inning of work began with men on first and third with no outs, a continuation of where the game last left off. Regardless, Alba pitched very well and finished the day with 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, and 3 SO. Xander Rojahn came in after and despite running into some early trouble, settled in and had a solid outing. Rojahn finished with 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, and 5 SO. Christian
Carew and Connor Kinney rounded out the rest of the bullpen for Lakeshore. Carew threw one inning giving up one run and Kinney pitched four innings giving up four runs.
The Chinooks wasted no time offensively, knocking in runs throughout the game. The bottom of the second inning saw Lakeshore score four more runs. After the fourth, Lakeshore scored two runs in each of the next three innings. This outburst put Lakeshore up 14-4 heading into the sixth inning. Green Bay used the late innings to chip away at their deficit, scoring four more runs by the end of the game. Green Bay ultimately came up short and set its sights on the second matchup. Griffin Stevens and Danny Wuestenfeld both finished 3 for 5 at the plate for Green Bay. The Chinooks are within one win of finishing the season with a .500 record. This leads us into the second matchup of the night between both teams.
Lakeshore Top Performers – Matthias Haas (1 for 3, 2 RBI), Matt Deprey (4 for 5, RBI), Andy Nelson (1 for 4, RBI), Nathan Aide (2 for 4, 3 RBI), John Bay (1 for 1, RBI), Ty Olejnik (1 for 3, RBI), Tony Livermore (3 for 3, 2 RBI).
Game 2 – In the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Rockers, the Chinooks secured a sweep. It was only a seven-inning game, but the Chinooks made quick work against the Rockers. Tyler Gronert was the star of the game for the Chinooks. Gronert started on the mound and shut down the Rockers hitters all game. In his six-innings pitched he only gave up 3 hits, 1 earned run, and had 6 strikeouts. A potent offense for the Rockers couldn’t get anything going until later in the game.
The Chinooks offense also struggled a bit as no runs got past until the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Chinooks had bases loaded after the first three batters reached base. Stephen Hrustich came up to the plate. Hrustich has been a key, clutch hitter for the Chinooks all season and that didn’t change. He smoked a deep fly near the wall in left field. The Rockers were almost able to come up with the catch, but dropped it. All three Chinooks runners scored and on a bad throw to 3rd base, Hrustich reached safely to home. A big Chinooks 4-0 lead almost felt impossible for the Rockers to come back.
Chase Hudson had the only RBI for the Rockers with a double in the top of the 5th. This was the only time Gronert showed any struggles on the mound in his excellent start. In the bottom of the 6th, Bryce Stober used his speed to basically get a run himself. He stole 2nd and 3rd base. On a bad throw, Stober was able to make it home. A great insurance run was just what the Chinooks needed to finish the job. Jacob Dillon closed out the Rockers with a scoreless final 7th inning.
The Chinooks finished the 2022 season with an exact .500 record. Their overall record is 36-36 with having an 18-18 record in each half of the Northwoods League season. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t able to reach the playoff, but it was a great and fun season. It still has been an amazing summer for everyone involved in the Chinooks organization. We will be looking to see if the 2023 Nooks can get back and hopefully challenge for the Northwoods League playoffs!