July 25, 2016
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Pat McInerney (4), shown in action earlier this season, and JR Holloway say there is no quit in the Kenosha Kingfish, even though this season has not gone as well as last season, which ended with a Northwoods League championship. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Just keep on swimming, Kingfish say


They may be swimming upstream a bit at this point, but don’t count the Kenosha Kingfish out just yet.

Even at 4-10 in the second half and in last place in the Northwoods League’s South Division as Saturday night’s game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks at Simmons Field was rained out, the Kingfish plan to fight to the end in the last 22 games.

The defending league champions have no quit in them.

One-run losses haunting Fish


Heading into Sunday’s Northwoods League doubleheader with the visiting Wisconsin Woodchucks, the Kenosha Kingfish had suffered four one-run losses in the second half.

Make that six.

Familiar face


KANSASVILLE — Andrew Troyanek came into Sunday’s final round of the Men’s Kenosha County Open looking for a little redemption.

During last year’s three-day, 36-hole tournament, Travis Engle stopped Troyanek from earning a three-peat in the event when he won his second county title.

Ramos driven to be champion



It’s going to be pretty difficult for Hannah Ramos’s Bradford classmates to top her “What I did this summer” story when school resumes in September.

Getting back in the trenches


Fishing from my stream of consciousness

I happily covered the Kenosha Ballers’ 87-83 win over the St. Louis Trotters for the Independent Basketball Association championship on July 16 at the Boys and Girls Club.

Troyanek leads Men’s County Open

The stage is set for Sunday’s final round of the 64th annual Men’s County Golf Open.

Just two strokes separate the top three players in the Championship Flight, led by Andrew Troyanek, who carries a two-day score of 140 into the last round at the Brighton Dale White Birch Course.

Kingfish, Woodchucks game washed out

The Kenosha Kingfish’s home game Saturday night with the Wisconsin Woodchucks was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, beginning at 1:05 p.m. The gates will open at 12:05.

Both games will be seven innings. The second game will start 30 minutes after the first.

Kingfish again among league attendance leaders

In the 18-team Northwoods League, just two teams rank higher than the Kenosha Kingfish in attendance.

The easy leader of the pack resides in Madison, as the Mallards have drawn more than 200,000 fans the past 10 years and are on pace to do that again in 2016.

Briefs: Little Leaguers Golf Outing Friday

Little Leaguers of Kenosha will hold it’s 21st annual golf outing Friday at Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

The event is a four-person scramble, and the $125 donation includes gift, golf, cart and dinner.

Hall of Fame’s traveling ‘We Are Baseball’ exhibit a big hit


MILWAUKEE — As if the recent Northwoods League Home Run Derby at the Harbor and All-Star Game weren’t enough, area baseball fans can treat themselves to another unique event through July 31.

It’s the Baseball Hall of Fame Tour called “We Are Baseball” — a collection of five trailers filled with memorabilia and interactive displays, along with an IMAX theater, set up in the Braves parking lot in the shadows of Miller Park.

Kingfish let leads slip away in loss at Battle Creek

Twice on Friday night, the Kenosha Kingfish held a lead in their Northwoods League contest at Battle Creek (Mich.).

But Kenosha, which beat the Bombers 7-6 on Thursday, couldn’t make those leads stand up.

Rose should be in the Hall of Fame


The annual induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame happens Sunday in Cooperstown.

This year’s two-man class of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza certainly is deserving. The numbers they put up and the careers they had can’t be questioned.

Kingfish win in Battle Creek

After a three-day break to host the Northwoods League All-Star Game, Kenosha made its first trip to Battle Creek Thursday and came away with a 7-6 victory.

It was just the second win in the last eight games for the Kingfish (4-9 second half), who were 2-2 against the Bombers (5-8).

Briefs: Women’s City Open is Aug. 20-21

The Women’s City Open is schedule for Aug. 20-21 at Muni.

The fee to enter is $80 and the three-division field will be closed at 48.

Men’s County Open tees off Friday


The 64th annual Men’s County Open will have a “recent champions” feel when the tournament begins on the Brighton Dale Blue Spruce Course at 11 a.m. Friday.

The last three County Open winners, along with the reigning Men’s City Open champion, will be among the 67 players teeing it up.

Baseball scouts always on the lookout for the next big leaguer


So you think you have what it takes to be a Major League Baseball player?

Well, what a scout thinks will go a long way in deciding that.

Well, that seems excessive


Ahh, the world we live in …

Moses Malone Jr., the son of the late NBA great, recently criticized Houston’s James Harden for what he was charging to attend his camp.

Briefs: Cobbs named IBA’s top defender

Thomas Cobbs was named the Independent Basketball Association’s top defender for the 2015-16 season, the league announced recently.

The 6-foot-4 Racine Case graduate helped the Ballers win their first IBA crown earlier this month with a win over the St. Louis Trotters at the Boys & Girls Club.

Memorable time for Kingfish’s Bechina


They were two days the Kenosha Kingfish’s Marty Bechina will probably remember forever.

On Monday night at Kenosha Harbor, the Michigan State sophomore-to-be from Chicago won the Northwoods League’s Home Run Derby.

Time for Packers to catch excellence


The Green Bay Packers will get to work on the 2016 season in earnest starting Monday.

Is the fabled franchise’s 14th NFL championship in the offing?

Things went south in a hurry for South


The top of the first inning of the Northwoods League All-Star Game at Simmons Field on Tuesday night took 25 minutes, but it wasn’t entirely Chris Cooper’s fault.

The South’s starting pitcher threw at least 30 pitches before he even got an out and was replaced by Anthony Dahl. Together, the two threw 52 pitches but also watched the defense commit three errors in falling behind, 7-0, before their team even came to bat.

Northwoods League All-Star Game: North ends it in a hurry


Before the Simmons Field crowd of 2,346 even had chance to comfortably settle into its seats Tuesday night, the Northwoods League All-Star Game was basically decided.

The North squad, featuring several of the league’s most feared hitters, sent 13 hitters to the plate and erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 9-5 victory, its first All-Star triumph since 2013.

Orr bows out of Kenosha in style



Ryan Orr knows how to make an exit.

Sorting through the stars



For a Major League Baseball scout, the chase, signing and success of a prospect is the fuel that drives them on their day-to-day operations.

Johnson: Kingfish staff hit a home run


Well before first pitch at Simmons Field on Tuesday evening, Robin Josko showed me the pedometer on her smart phone.

She was proud to report that it had already logged over 5,000 steps and said it would clear 15,000 by the time she was done working as a server in the CCB Suite during the Northwoods League All-Star Game.

Web extra: Happy anniversary, Bosman


Note: Today marks the 42nd anniversary of Kenosha native Dick Bosman’s no-hitter. Here is the story the News published on the 25th anniversary of the no-no. ... Bosman is working as a minor league pitching coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays.

It was 25 years ago Monday that the greatest game ever pitched by a Kenoshan occurred.

Sandberg shares a few thoughts with NWL All-Stars


Ryne Sandberg ranks among the best second baseman in Major League Baseball history and received the highest honor in 2005 when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Now an ambassador for the Chicago Cubs — his team for all but 13 games of his 16-year career (1981-94, 96-97) — the 10-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glover and 1984 National League Most Valuable Player was the featured speaker at the Northwoods League’s All-Star luncheon on Tuesday afternoon at Marina Shores.

A dream come true



Pretty much from the franchise’s inception, the Kenosha Kingfish ownership group had its sights set on hosting the Northwoods League All-Star Game.

Reeves: Making a huge splash


Whether it’s home runs hit into McCovey Cove in San Francisco, the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, the swimming pools in Phoenix and Miami — to name just a few Major League cities where this is possible — fans these days seem to have a fascination with baseballs making splash landings.

Though we’re not a big-league town, you can now add Kenosha to the list.

Launching pad


The Kenosha Kingfish front office hoped that its Home Run Derby at the Harbor idea would spark interest not just in the community, but throughout the Northwoods League.

Judging by the comments of at least one visiting derby participant, it has.

Kingfish limping into All-Star break

As the Northwoods League All-Star festivities come to Kenosha today and Tuesday, the Kingfish must be hoping the three-day break will inject some life into their bats.

After a 2-1 loss to the Madison Mallards on Saturday night at Simmons Field, the Kingfish traveled to Madison’s Warner Park on Sunday afternoon and were no-hit for 7⅓ innings in a 4-1 loss to the Mallards.

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