The losing streak rolls on for the Kenosha Kingfish.
A night after losing a 14-inning marathon to the Kalamazoo Growlers, the Kingfish fared no better in the state of Michigan on Thursday night as their skid extended to six games with a 6-2 Northwoods League loss to the Battle Creek Bombers at C.O. Brown Stadium.
Kenosha’s last win came in Battle Creek, a 7-6 decision on July 21. Mired deep in last place in the South Division second-half standings at 4-15, the Kingfish are 20-35 overall. The Bombers improved to 9-9 in the second half and 27-27 overall.
The Kenosha Kingfish just can’t catch a break.
After putting together a furious rally to force extra innings Wednesday night in Kalamazoo (Mich.), the Kingfish finally took the lead in the top of the 14th.
Four Kenosha Kingfish were selected to participate in the Major League Dreams Showcase at Warner Park in Madison on Aug. 9, the league announced Wednesday.
Michigan State sophomore-to-be Marty Bechina (third base), Michigan State senior-to-be Matt Byars (catcher), Kent State sophomore-to-be Dylan Rosa (outfield) and Texas State senior-to-be JR Holloway (pitcher) were picked by a panel of MLB scouts to participate in the annual showcase.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Orr knows how to make an exit.
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.
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.
Pretty much from the franchise’s inception, the Kenosha Kingfish ownership group had its sights set on hosting the Northwoods League All-Star Game.
When asked if he had a home-run total in mind prior to the Northwoods League Home Run Derby at the Harbor on Monday evening, Kenosha Kingfish infielder Marty Bechina laughed and said, “I just hope I hit one.”
He did a whole lot better than that.
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.
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.
There was plenty of good pitching to be had at Simmons Field on Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Kenosha Kingfish, they couldn’t find the offense to go with it.
The Kenosha Kingfish’s Pete Schuler did not receive any hometown love when the Northwoods League made its selections for the Home Run Derby at the Harbor, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday. But the St. Joseph graduate and soon-to-be sophomore at Kent State took it all in stride.
“It’d be a cool thing to be in, but it is what it is,” he said before Friday’s game against the Lakeshore Chinooks. “There’s a lot of good players in this league. If you’re not at the top, it’s tough to expect to be in it.”
Baseball teams can never have enough good pitchers, and that’s particularly true in the Northwoods League, where rosters change about as often as the wind in Wisconsin shifts direction.
The Mequon-based Lakeshore Chinooks — one of the Kenosha Kingfish’s rivals in the NWL South Division — are certainly glad to have former UW-Parkside standout Tyler Jandron.
The Kenosha Kingfish finally showed signs of snapping their weeklong offensive funk but still suffered a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks on Thursday night at Simmons Field.
Kenosha (2-7 second half, 18-27 overall), which has lost four in a row, cut the deficit to 3-2 by tallying two runs in the eighth inning — on a Lakeshore error and Matt Byars’ sacrifice fly to left — to end a 24-inning scoreless drought.