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Chinooks Shut out at Home

July 18, 2021 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Lakeshore Chinooks News Release

Mequon, Wis. - Low-scoring affairs have become routine at Kapco Park in recent contests.

But unlike their prior two home contests, the Lakeshore Chinooks were unable to add one run to the box score.

Trailing by three runs after 3 ½ innings, Lakeshore (6-8) failed to connect on two scoring threat opportunities in the fourth and the fifth, ending its win streak at three with a 3-0 loss to Madison (7-5).

Retiring the first six batters, right-handed starting pitcher Joe Glassey cruised through the opening two frames. The momentum swung thereafter, however.

Mallards second baseman Michael Fuhrman led off the third with a walk. Glassey retired Madison's eighth and ninth batters, but center fielder Cam Cratic launched a two-run home run that creeped over the right field fence for his sixth homer of the season.

Glassey surrendered the game-deciding run, while Mallards designated hitter JT Benson added more in the fourth on an RBI single to plate catcher Drake Baldwin.

Center fielder Connor Kimple reached base for the only time on an infield single in the bottom half of the frame, moving right fielder Jackson Gray to second base. Lakeshore's third hit appeared hopeful, though the final runs of the contest had already been tallied.

Having made adjustments on the mound, Glassey sent down an additional six consecutive hitters through the fifth and sixth and finished his seventh start with two strikeouts.

Lakeshore presented its third scoring threat in the fifth. Following a one-out single to center field, left fielder Ethan Vecrumba placed runners on the corners having reached first base on a fielding error by Mallards shortstop Nick Gonzalez. The most meaningful at-bat rested with right fielder Jackson Gray, who ended the fifth with a fly out to second base.

The Mallards did not threaten again until the two-out mark of the ninth, as right-handed reliever Brody Ware retired six of the next seven Madison batters. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Canton, Ohio native replaced Glassey to begin the seventh and eventually handed the ball to newcomer Robby Butenschoen.

Butenschoen relinquished a leadoff single to center field which ricocheted off Kimple's glove.

Mallards first baseman Matt Scannell grounded out as right fielder Bryant Shellenbarger advanced to second base for Madison's final scoring threat. Benson struck out looking as Butenschoen brought up Kimple.

Mallards manager Donnie Scott signaled for Peyton Winebarger to lift reliever Joseph Kalafut, who registered his first hold of 2021. Winebarger, a southpaw of North Carolina A&T, retired the side to keep Lakeshore hitless for the fourth straight frame and garner his first save.

Glassey was tagged with the loss and Mallards starter Justin Medlin earned his second win, having struck out eight of nine total Lakeshore victims.

The Chinooks and Mallards will take the diamond once more for Game 2 of the series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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