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Chinooks Victorious in Close Win over Rafters

July 16, 2021 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Lakeshore Chinooks News Release

Mequon, Wis. - A three run third inning proved to be enough in Lakeshore's 3-2 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (3-7).

Winners of two straight, the Lakeshore Chinooks (5-7) continue to find a way to defeat the Rafters, improving to 7-2 against the team this summer.

Recent struggles at the plate continued, though the team's dominant pitching stumped the Rafters, who struck out 12 times, at the hand of four different Lakeshore arms.

Dorsey Chatham made his seventh start of the summer, allowing just one earned run on two hits and punching out four Rafter hitters. Following his performance Thursday night, Chatham improved his ERA to 2.51, fourth best on the Chinooks.

Chatham held the Rafter offense hitless through the first three frames of the game, before allowing a pair of hits in the top of the fourth inning, leading to the right hander's only run allowed on the night.

With two outs in the third frame, Brennen Bales smacked a line drive to left field, resulting in a base hit. Bales eventually moved to third as Jackson Gray and Josh Glenn drew walks, setting the table for Justin Olson.

With two outs and a full count, Olson blasted a ball to deep right field, clearing the bases on a stand up double to the right field fence. The three RBI double gave the Chinooks an early 3-0 lead.

Olson's third inning heroics put the Chinooks in the driver's seat for the remainder of the game, thanks in large part to the Lakeshore bullpen, who combined to allow just two hits on one run in five innings.

Jason DeCicco lifted Chatham to start the fifth inning. For the most part, DeCicco dominated the Rafters hitters, striking out five of the 11 batters he faced. His only hiccup on the mound led off the top of the sixth inning, when Couper Cornblum took him yard, sending a deep shot over the left field wall and cutting the Chinook lead to just one.

Field manager Travis Akre turned to another arm with two outs and two men on in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Schweitzer lifted DeCicco after 2 and 2/3 innings of work. Schweitzer kept the dominance on the mound alive, allowing no runs or hits in his 1 and 1/3 innings pitched.

Tyler Kean was called on to close the door on the ball game. Kean made quick work in the top of the ninth, not allowing any late dramatics to take place and earning the save in Lakeshore's 3-2 victory.

Lakeshore returns to Kapco Park Friday night, facing off against Wisconsin Rapids, looking to sweep the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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