Frogs Knock-Off Kingfish in Comeback Effort
Kenosha, WI. - The visiting Green Bay Bullfrogs (12-19) used a six-run, six-hit fifth inning to defeat the host Kenosha Kingfish (10-18) in come-from-behind fashion from Simmons Field Thursday evening. The Frogs improve to 2-1 in the 2018 season series against Kenosha after rallying from an early three-run deficit in the second inning.
Kenosha struck first in the second inning with a sacrifice fly and scoring on an error to grab the early 2-0 lead. The Kingfish completed the three-run frame with a RBI single from Connor Doyle to make it a 3-0 game.
Green Bay answered in the third inning as Ethan Ibarra (Junior, St. Cloud State) scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit down to 3-1. The Bullfrogs bats soon exploded with a huge six-run fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead.
The offensive fireworks began with a RBI single by Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo (Freshman, Navarro College) to make it a 3-2 game. Eddy Gonzalez (Junior, Incarnate Word) scored on an error to knot the score at 3-3 followed by Riley Mihalik's (Junior, Rider Univ.) go-ahead single to give the Frogs a 4-3 lead. Green Bay then tallied three insurance runs on a RBI double by Luke Robinson (Sophomore, Western Carolina) and two-run single by Cooper Morrison (Sophomore, UC Davis) to stretch the advantage out to 7-3.
The Kingfish got one run back in the eighth inning on a solo home run, but Kenosha's offense was unable to mount a rally against the Green Bay pitching staff. Tyler Rosas (Junior, Dixie State) compiled four strikeouts in the final two innings to secure the Bullfrogs victory.
Morrison finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Green Bay offensive attack, while Mihalik posted an identical 2-for-4 mark with one run driven in. Adrian Damla (Sophomore, UC Irvine) went 2-for-3 with a triple. Robinson contributed a 1-for-4 effort in his Bullfrog debut with a run-scoring double.
Green Bay starting pitcher Hugh Chapman (Freshman, Georgia Tech) earned the win, improving to 2-2. Chapman had a season-high four strikeouts in five innings of work. His Yellow Jacket teammate Will Shirah (Freshman, Georgia Tech) allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Kenosha starter Joe Vranesic took the loss, falling to 0-2.
Both teams conclude the two-game set tomorrow evening as the Bullfrogs go for the series sweep. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start from Simmons Field. Fans can tune in to the live radio broadcast on WOCO (107.1 FM) or online at WOCO.Caster.FM.
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