One unique aspect of this season’s Northwoods League playoffs is that three of the four qualifying teams from the South Division — the Kenosha Kingfish, Madison Mallards and Green Bay Bullfrogs — are under the umbrella of Big Top Baseball, an ownership group that includes Steve Schmitt, Conor Caloia and Vern Stenman.
Big Top Baseball’s fourth team, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, didn’t make the playoffs.
The seven Kenosha Kingfish players selected to represent the South Division in Tuesday’s Northwoods League All-Star Game at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids will enjoy one of the more memorable experiences of their burgeoning careers.
Alex Borglin batted .222 (20-for-90) with two doubles, seven RBI and a .391 on-base percentage in 35 games for the 2014 Kenosha Kingfish.
KENOSHA — Last month, Jeremy Vasquez played in three games for the University of Florida in the College World Series, going 1-for-6 with a double, walk, run scored and two RBI.
The left-handed slugger was one of the 2015 Gators’ top players as a semi-starter and coming off the bench, hitting .339 (37-for-109) in 42 games (29 starts) with two home runs, seven doubles, 20 RBI, a .424 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage. Florida finished 52-18 overall and was eliminated from the CWS by eventual national champion Virginia.
KENOSHA — It seems hard to believe that it’s been 28 years since free-agent outfielder Andre Dawson and his agent, Dick Moss, showed up unannounced at the Chicago Cubs’ spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz., on March 2, 1987.
Dawson, then 32, wanted out of Montreal so badly after playing 11 seasons with the Expos on the hard, artificial turf of Olympic Stadium that he offered the Cubs a blank contract. Within a week, he signed with Chicago for $500,000.
The bats got started early and the pitching was dominant for eight innings as the Kenosha Kingfish held on for their fifth straight win, 10-6 over the La Crosse Loggers at Copeland Park on Friday night.
The Northwoods League South Division first-half champion Kingfish won their third in a row to open the second half.
KENOSHA — For a moment in the ninth inning Sunday night, it looked like the Kenosha Kingfish would pull off an improbable comeback.
But in the end, it was visiting Mankato that came up big.
The Kenosha Kingfish’s winning streak was put on hold by rain Thursday night.
Kenosha’s Northwoods League game at La Crosse was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday.
KENOSHA — Five players with Kenosha Kingfish connections were taken in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Pitcher Logan Sendelbach, who pitched in one game this season, and 2014 Kingfish players Chris Godinez, Steven Klimek, Pat Porter and Steven Sensley were drafted.
Homer Stryker Stadium in Kalamazoo (Mich.) just sounds like a place where balls fly out of the park on a regular basis.
The red-hot Kenosha Kingfish belted two of their three home runs in the first inning and scored the game’s first 11 runs in coasting to a 12-8 Northwoods League victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers on Wednesday night before a crowd of 1,712.
Yes, it’s early, but the Kenosha Kingfish are in first place.
Paul Schuster tossed six innings of three-hit scoreless ball, and Kenosha scored all its runs in the first four innings on its way to a 7-1 win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in front of 2,385 fans in a Northwoods League game at Simmons Field on Saturday night.
Baseball players typically take it personally when the batter before them gets intentionally walked.
Faced with that scenario, Alex Borglin dished out some sweet revenge.
After getting stellar performances from their starting pitchers the previous two games, the Kenosha Kingfish didn’t benefit from a third consecutive such outing on Wednesday.
The Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers tagged Kenosha starter Brendon Allen (0-2) for eight hits and five runs (all earned) in 41/3 innings en route to a 10-5 Northwoods League victory at C.O. Brown Stadium.
Andrew Zapata did a great job of playing the baseball version of “Follow the Leader” for the second time in a week on Tuesday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.
After Josh Serio threw six shutout innings in Monday night’s Kenosha Kingfish win, Zapata fared even better before a crowd of 4,052 at Homer Stryker Field. The 5-foot-11 right-hander from Staten Island, N.Y., took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the Kingfish rolled to a 6-0 victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers to cap a series sweep.
Nick Sergakis and Hunter Alexander each homered as the Kenosha Kingfish ran their winning streak to three with a 10-8 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks on Friday night at Simmons Field.
Lakeshore jumped out to a 4-1 lead as it had five hits against Kenosha starter Anthony Olson, a Tremper graduate in the first inning.