(Rochester, Minn.) – The Kenosha Kingfish beat the St. Cloud Rox on Friday night to claim their first Northwoods League Championship in their second year of existence. By a score of 8-1, the Kingfish claimed the second game of the Summer Collegiate World Series to clinch the sweep in convincing fashion.
The Kingfish went 48-24 in the regular season and earned a spot in the post-season by winning the first and second halves in the South Division. Kenosha defeated the La Crosse Loggers in the divisional round before beating the Madison Mallards in the South Division Championship game.
The Kingfish were relentless as they poured on the runs early in both of their championship series game wins. On Friday night Kenosha scored a run in the top of the second inning and then broke the game open in the top of the third by scoring four runs. The Kingfish then tacked on runs in the 7th, 8th and 9thinnings on their way to the 8-1 win.
The Kingfish had 14 hits on the night compared to nine for the Rox. Jason Scholl (Eastern Illinois) and Zach Weigel (Seton Hall) each had three hits for the Kingfish in the win. Kenosha also drew seven walks and took advantage of three St. Cloud errors.
E.J. Trapino (Wright State) made the start for the Kingfish and picked up the win. Trapino pitched five innings and gave up one run while stranding several runners on base. He also struck out six and walked two
John Sansone (Florida State) was a bright spot for the Rox as he went 10 for 19 in the playoffs for a .526 batting average. He also hit a home run and drove in six runs. The Rox were 49-23 in the regular season and had a Northwoods League record 30 wins in the second half of the season.
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com