13th-Inning Rally Boosts Chinooks Past Booyah
Green Bay, Wis. - The Lakeshore Chinooks may have been down, but they weren't close to being out.
Despite committing seven errors, Lakeshore's lineup took care of business late to earn its first win over Green Bay Thursday night.
A 13-inning war of attrition didn't disrupt its offensive momentum, either.
Chopping down a four-run deficit in the fifth inning, the Chinooks (4-6) gradually overcame a scoreless start and relied on three runs scored in the 13th to complete their comeback, 8-5.
The extra-innings contest came down to a matter of which team stranded fewer base runners.
Leaving a total of eight runners aboard in the final four innings, the Booyah (3-7) ultimately paid for their multiple consecutive hitless trips whereas the Chinooks only abandoned five.
With second baseman Colton Bauer leading off in the top of the 11th, pinch hitter Bryan Aguilar took off for third base on a wild pitch from Booyah reliever Braden Babcock. Bauer, who finished 3-for-7, lined out to score Aguilar and give the Chinooks a 5-4 advantage.
But heading into the bottom of the frame, Lakeshore wasn't out of the woods yet. Booyah leadoff hitter Johnny Hipsman led off with a sacrifice bunt to score center fielder Nadir Lewis.
Green Bay continued to fill the base paths with Chinooks reliever Jacob Henderson -- Lakeshore's fifth pitcher -- walking designated hitter Dayson Croes to create a bases-loaded jam.
The Iowa right-hander worked out of it having retired the two subsequent batters, nonetheless.
A strikeout and a fly out eliminated the threat as the Booyah were unable to score the go-ahead run for the first time since the second.
Henderson was lifted after the eleventh, as the 12th remained quiet in part due to two-way player Brennen Bales' efficiency. Bales retired three consecutive Booyah batters on only eight pitches, setting his team up for the 13th.
And then the Chinooks broke the game open.
First baseman Griffin Doersching was intentionally walked, and Bauer planted an RBI single into left field to score right fielder Jackson Gray for the game-winning run. Doersching scored off a sacrifice fly from center fielder Connor Kimple, and Lakeshore led 8-5 upon Bales' RBI single--his third hit of the night.
Bales had capped off the Chinooks' three-run rally and then retook the mound to toss the final inning.
Green Bay offered one last threat upon an error charged to Bauer, causing Hipsman to reach first base and shift Lewis to third base.
Runners were on the corners, though Bales saw the 4:29 battle draw to a close after striking out first baseman Nathan Blasick and forcing a 6-4 groundout.
Bales was credited with the win for his first on the season, while Booyah reliever Connor Langreder, who earned a win at Lakeshore on June 7, was tacked with the loss. Langreder surrendered all three of the Chinooks' runs through 1 2/3 innings. The Chinooks will return home to face the Booyah Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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