NWL: Kenosha sweeps Lakeshore, Eau Claire wins 7th straight

Kenosha swept Lakeshore in a double-header Wednesday, while Eau Claire won its seventh straight to tie for the North Division lead.

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NWL Northwoods League recap

Games on July 26:

Kenosha 12, Lakeshore 2 (Game 1)

The Kenosha Kingfish answered in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth as they went on to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 12-2. Jack Dunn (Northwestern) got the scoring going in the top of the fourth for the Chinooks with an RBI single. Michael Sinks (Central Missouri) then tied the game for Kenosha in the bottom half as he drove in one from a sac flyout. The Kingfish took the lead with two in the fifth including an RBI single by Jesse Wilkening (Nebraska). Derek Bangert (Bradley) added three more from the long ball in the sixth for the Kingfish. Lakeshore got one in the seventh form a wild pitch, but Kenosha broke it open with six in the bottom half. A wild pitch scored the first and Mike Madej (Purdue) doubled in two. Bangert added two more from a single and another single tacked on the 12th run. Sage Bruhl (Madison College) went on to throw the final two scoreless in only his third appearance to end the game.

Kenosha 10, Lakeshore 7 (Game 2)

The Kenosha Kingfish used the middle innings to pull ahead of the Lakeshore Chinooks and win 10-7. The Kingfish got on the board right away when Mike Madej (Purdue) started the game with a home run. Lakeshore then took the lead with a pair in the bottom half which started from an RBI single by Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas) and an RBI double by Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State). The Kingfish took the lead again in the fourth which started from Cameron Comer (Virginia) going deep as an RBI triple and single followed. Derek Bangert (Bradley) then drove in two from a single to start a five-run fifth inning. Lakeshore got four in the bottom half from a grand slam by Richardson, but Kenosha added another in the eighth. Then with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Matthew Mika (Central Florida) went deep, but the next two guys struck out to end the game.

Kenosha has now won three in a row.

9-11 Second Half (4.5 GB), 31-24 Overall, 0.5 Games Ahead for the South Division Wild Card

Kenosha 12, Lakeshore 2 (Game 1)

The Kenosha Kingfish answered in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth as they went on to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 12-2. Jack Dunn (Northwestern) got the scoring going in the top of the fourth for the Chinooks with an RBI single. Michael Sinks (Central Missouri) then tied the game for Kenosha in the bottom half as he drove in one from a sac flyout. The Kingfish took the lead with two in the fifth including an RBI single by Jesse Wilkening (Nebraska). Derek Bangert (Bradley) added three more from the long ball in the sixth for the Kingfish. Lakeshore got one in the seventh form a wild pitch, but Kenosha broke it open with six in the bottom half. A wild pitch scored the first and Mike Madej (Purdue) doubled in two. Bangert added two more from a single and another single tacked on the 12th run. Sage Bruhl (Madison College) went on to throw the final two scoreless in only his third appearance to end the game.

Kenosha 10, Lakeshore 7 (Game 2)

The Kenosha Kingfish used the middle innings to pull ahead of the Lakeshore Chinooks and win 10-7. The Kingfish got on the board right away when Mike Madej (Purdue) started the game with a home run. Lakeshore then took the lead with a pair in the bottom half which started from an RBI single by Jacob Richardson (Southern Arkansas) and an RBI double by Daniel DeSimone (Oklahoma State). The Kingfish took the lead again in the fourth which started from Cameron Comer (Virginia) going deep as an RBI triple and single followed. Derek Bangert (Bradley) then drove in two from a single to start a five-run fifth inning. Lakeshore got four in the bottom half from a grand slam by Richardson, but Kenosha added another in the eighth. Then with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Matthew Mika (Central Florida) went deep, but the next two guys struck out to end the game.

11-9 Second Half (2.5 GB), 29-26 Overall, 2 GB South Division Wild Card

Madison 11, Rockford 4 (Game 1)

The Madison Mallards took the lead in the fourth and never looked back as they defeated the Rockford Rivets 11-4. 

Rockford 15, Madison 11 (Game 2)

The Rockford Rivets survived a high-scoring game with the Madison Mallards as they went on to win 15-11.

11-8 Second Half (2 GB), 30-24 Overall, 0.5 GB for the South Division Wild Card

Eau Claire 13, Willmar 7 (Game 1)

The Eau Claire Express held off a late rally from the Willmar Express in the eighth and won the game 13-7.

Eau Claire 3, Willmar 0 (Game 2)

The Eau Claire Express got a complete game shutout from Luke Eldred (Dallas Baptist) in a 3-0 victory over the Willmar Stingers. Eldred finished his night only allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two as he picked up his third win.

The Express have now won seven games in a row to tie for first place in the North Division. If they weren't tied for the lead, they would be three games back in the Wild Card standings.

13-7 Second Half (T-1st North Division), 27-28 Overall

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See the season-long Northwoods League schedule here

Schedule for July 27:

Mankato @ Duluth (6:35 PM)

Rockford @ Lakeshore (6:35 PM)

Waterloo @ Eau Claire (6:35 PM)

Fond du Lac @ Wisconsin (6:35 PM)

Kalamazoo @ Battle Creek (7:05 PM)

Madison @ Wisconsin Rapids (7:05 PM)

La Crosse @ Thunder Bay (7:05 PM)

Rochester @ Willmar (7:05 PM)

Kenosha @ Green Bay (7:05 PM)

Bismarck @ St. Cloud (7:05 PM)

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