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Published On: July 30th, 2023

The Lakeshore Chinooks (10-15) take on the Wausau Woodchucks (9-13) on a  Sunday afternoon at the Chinook’s home ballpark Moonlight Graham Field. After winning against Wausau on Saturday, Lakeshore looked to make it two wins in a row. 


Logan Dobberstein got the start for the Chinooks, and Chandler Freeman for the Woodchucks. Dobberstein got his first start for the Chinooks tonight in his third appearance as a Chinooks player. Coming into the matchup, Freeman and Dobberstein had ERAs over 12, albeit with a limited workload. 


The Chinooks went scoreless in the first two innings of the game. In the first inning, the Chinooks went down on three fly balls, all to Woodchucks centerfielder Dwight Allen. After two innings, the score remained 0-0. 


The visiting Woodchucks got on the board first with a run in the top of the third. Dwight Allen kicked off the inning with a leadoff double to put himself in scoring position. From there, a 4-3 putout advanced Allen to third. Allen worked his way home after Jessie Donohoe attempted to steal second and was caught in a pickle, allowing Allen to sneak in for a run. Meanwhile, Chandler Freeman retired the first nine Chinooks batters he faced. After three innings of play, the Woodchucks held a 1-0 lead over the Chinooks. 


Through four innings, Dobberstein was effective, only allowing one run and keeping the Woodchucks off the bases. Although in the top of the fifth, the Woodchucks took two consecutive walks to put Jakob Boos on second and Dwight Allen on first with one out. A single by Michael Adair moved everyone around the bases and loaded them up, still with one out. Yet, Dobberstein struck out Donohoe for the second out and forced Drew Berkland into a pop-up for the third out. Despite the opportunity, the Woodchucks stranded two runners in scoring position and still led the game 1-0. 


In the bottom of the fifth, the Chinooks broke Freeman’s no-hitter with their first hit of the game, which came off a single by Joey Spence. After a Sam Hojnar groundout that advanced Spence to second, Adam Cootway was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Sam Vomhof came through with a single that sent Spence in to tie the game at one apiece. During that same play, the Chinooks decided to be aggressive on the basepaths sending Cootway home, where he would be tagged out after a collision at the plate for the innings second out.


When asked about Cootway rounding home, Trevor Cho Field Manager for the Chinooks,  said, “ I was holding him up”.


Dobberstein went six complete innings with a pitch count of 101, finishing with four hits allowed, one earned run, six strikeouts, and four walks. Parker Johnson replaced Dobberstein on the mound for the start of the seventh inning.


Gabe Roessler did a good job working himself around the bases in the bottom of the sixth. After being walked, Roessler stole second and third for his 18th and 19th stolen bases of the year. Because of this, Roessler helped the Chinooks overtake the Woodchucks after being driven in by Jacob Nelson as the Chinooks took a 2-1 lead. 


With DJ Kojis on the mound in the top of the 8th, the Woodchucks threatened to overtake the Chinooks. With one out, Jake Baker stood at third and Trent Van Ess at second. However, a groundout to Joey Spence at first got the Chinooks their second out of the inning. Yet, the Chinooks were not out of trouble quite yet, as a wild pitch sent Baker home, tying the game 2-2. 


The Chinooks fought right back in the bottom of the eighth and took the lead back from the Woodchucks. Roessler got things started with a leadoff walk, and after a Will Johannes strikeout, Jacob Nelson walked as well. The Chinooks then loaded the bases as Matthew Deprey got on base with a fielders choice. A sac fly by Joey Spence sent Roessler in, and after Adam Cootway got hit by pitch, Jacob Nelson scored as the bases were loaded. After the eighth inning, the Chinooks had themselves a 4-2 lead.


The 4-2 lead remained all the way until the end of the game for the Chinooks, with Evan Jackson pitching the final inning. After losing seven games in a row, Lakeshore makes it two wins in a row. Lakeshore now turns to Madison for a game on the road against the Mallards. 


When asked about the preparation for Madison tomorrow, Cho said, “I think its more so on the mental side knowing that we’re going to be locked in at all times, ready to go,”