Sloppy Third Inning Costly as Woodchucks fall to Kenosha in doubleheader finale, 4-1
A crucial base-running mistake that resulted in two outs squashed a potential Woodchucks’ rally in the top of the third inning, and starting hurler Seth Davis allowed four runs to score in the bottom half, as the Woodchucks dropped the second of a doubleheader to Kenosha, 4-1, Monday night at Simmons Field.
With the Woodchucks (4-4) leading the Kingfish (5-3) by a score of 1-0 in the third inning of the second of Monday’s twinbill, center fielder Jake Jefferies singled and stole second. Left fielder Nate Mondou immediately singled to right. With Jefferies holding at third, Kenosha right fielder Buddy Reed’s throw went to home plate. On the throw, Mondou advanced successfully to second despite the throw from the catcher. However, Jefferies then broke for home and was caught in a rundown between third and home. The ball ended up in the hands of Kingfish starting pitcher Rex Morrow, who tagged Jefferies retreating to third base before immediately tagging Mondou, who was attempting to advance to third.
That ended the potential rally for the Chucks, and set the table for a Kingfish four-run third.
Woodchucks starting hurler Davis, who fell to 2-2 with the loss, recorded one out in the third before walking consecutive batters. With two outs, the heart of the Kingfish order strung together three straight hits to take a 4-1 lead, a lead they would hold on to.
The game was dominated by Kingfish starting righty Rex Morrow, who fired a seven-inning complete game, improving to 1-0 while surrendering just one run on four hits, striking out six and walking two.
Shortstop Ryan Howard was the lone Woodchuck hitter with a multi-hit effort, tallying two on the night.
The Woodchucks are back in action Tuesday night, as they play host to the Thunder Bay Border Cats in the first of two at Athletic Park. First pitch is slated for 6:35 P.M.
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