In a game that took 4 hours and 45 minutes, the Green Bay Bullfrogs outlasted the Kenosha Kingfish 4-2 last night at Johannes Stadium.
BY RICH PALZEWIC
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Bullfrogs baseball team not only had to deal with the Kenosha Kingfish last night, but Mother Nature as well.
Despite two rain delays in the third inning that lasted over an hour combined, Green Bay managed to squeak out a 4-2 victory in Northwoods League action at Johannes Stadium.
The game took 4 hours and 45 minutes to complete and didn’t finish until 11:20 pm.
The Bullfrogs (3-4) scored two runs each in the second and fourth innings, while holding Kenosha (3-3) scoreless in the final six innings. Both runs for the Kingfish came across the plate without the help of a hit.
Will Shrah (Georgia Tech) started on the mound for Green Bay and didn’t allow a hit in his three innings of work.
Despite three walks, a wild pitch and an error in the first, the Bullfrogs trailed just 1-0 in large part because right fielder Jake Munoz (San Francisco) gunned down a would-be run at the plate for the second out.
Shrah would end with five walks and two wild pitches, and did not return after the second rain delay.
Green Bay relief pitchers Tyler Rosas (Dixie State), Jason Applegate (Villanova) and Travis Kuhn (San Diego) didn’t allow a run after the rain delays, giving up just three hits. Rosas picked up the win in his four innings on the mound, allowing just two hits while striking out four.
Green Bay’s Cooper Morrison (UC-Davis) led off the second with a single, before Eddy Gonzalez (Incarnate Word) was hit by a pitch. Rudy Aguilar (St. John’s) then knocked in Morrison with single. Jake Finkbeiner (Wayne State) ripped a single to load the bases. Collin Luty (Northern Kentucky) got an RBI the hard way when he got plunked by a pitch to plate Gonzalez. Kingfish pitcher Keanu Mendez stranded the bases loaded thereafter by recording two strikeouts and a pop-up to end the inning.
The Bullfrogs sent seven batters to the plate in the fourth to go ahead for good.
Finkbeiner led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Luty. Munoz was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Blaise Maris (Florida Tech) plated Finkbeiner with a single, before Riley Mihalik (Rider) hit into a double play, which scored Luty.
Finkbeiner had his best game of the year offensively with his two hits, while Leo Perez (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) and Gonzalez had the other hits for Green Bay, who had eight total on the night.
The two teams return to action tonight at Johannes to wrap up the two-game series in a 6:35 game.
Kenosha: 101 000 000 – 2 3 0
Green Bay: 020 200 00x – 4 8 2