Kingfish roll in finale

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The Kenosha Kingfish made about as strong of a late-season playoff charge as they could. But they simply had no way of controlling another game taking place north of the Canadian border.

The Kingfish ended their inaugural season in style Sunday, walloping the Battle Creek Bombers 8-2 before another sellout crowd of 3,218 at Simmons Field. Unfortunately, the Wisconsin Woodchucks held off a late rally by the Thunder Bay Border Cats to claim a 9-7 win in Ontario and earn the second postseason spot in the Northwoods League South Division.

Kenosha (41-30) won its last four games but still finished just a half-game behind the Woodchucks (42-30), who move on to face the Lakeshore Chinooks, champions of both halves in the South, in a best-of-3 series beginning today.

MoonDogs reach finals

The Mankato MoonDogs have advanced to face the Lakeshore Chinooks for the Northwoods League championship.

Mankato defeated Willmar 9-5 at Willmar Wednesday to claim the decisive third game of the best-of-3 series and earn the North Division title. Willmar won the first-half North championship, while Mankato captured the second-half title.

Chinooks advance to NWL World Series

The Lakeshore Chinooks clinched the South Division championship in the Northwoods League playoffs with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Tuesday before a crowd of 864 at Kapco Park in Mequon.

The top-seeded Chinooks swept the best-of-3 series.

Athlete of the Week: Pat Porter

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Kenosha Kingfish outfielder Pat Porter is the Athletic Republic/Kenosha News Athlete of the Week.

The Ohio State senior-to-be finished his season with an RBI, adding to his league-leading total, in Sunday’s finale at Simmons Field.

Chinooks handle Hayden, Woodchucks

Wilmot graduate Brendon Hayden went 3-for-4, but it wasn’t enough as the Wisconsin Woodchucks lost to the Lakeshore Chinooks, 9-4, in the first game of their best-of-3 Northwoods League divisional playoff series on Monday at Athletic Park in Wausau.

The top-seeded Chinooks, who went 50-21 during the regular season, scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning. Catcher Zack Bowers had the big blast with a two-out grand slam.

Kingfish trio nets postseason All-Star honors

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Three Kenosha Kingfish were named to the 2014 Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team.

Down to the wire

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This is how a pennant race feels, Kenosha.

Kingfish rally, tighten playoff race

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The Kenosha Kingfish’s Pat Porter showed Friday night why he is considered the top hitter in the Northwoods League.

The Ohio State junior-to-be delivered a three-run, go-ahead triple in the eighth to send the Kingfish to a key 5-2 win over the Green Bay Bullfrogs before 1,440 at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Douglas plays the hero

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The Kenosha Kingfish kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Kenosha staged its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the first two Kingfish hitters struck out, CJ Saylor reached on an error and Alex Borglin singled.

Douglas plays the hero

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The Kenosha Kingfish kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Kenosha staged its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the first two Kingfish hitters struck out, CJ Saylor reached on an error and Alex Borglin singled.

Douglas plays the hero

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The Kenosha Kingfish kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Kenosha staged its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the first two Kingfish hitters struck out, CJ Saylor reached on an error and Alex Borglin singled.

Godinez leads local contingent at showcase

Kenosha Kingfish second baseman Chris Godinez did his part for the Northwoods League South Division squad against the North Division in the North’s 8-5 Game 1 victory Tuesday in the second annual Big League Dreams Showcase at Madison’s Warner Park.

Batting leadoff and playing second, Godinez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. The Bradley junior-to-be is sixth in the league with a .346 batting average.

Showcase to feature Hayden, Kingfish

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With the Northwoods League season winding down, opportunities for players to impress Major League Baseball scouts are dwindling.

Mazzoccoli silences Bullfrogs

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Desperate to stop a four-game losing streak, the Kenosha Kingfish turned to Dillon Mazzoccoli on Monday night.

And the 6-foot-4 right-hander delivered.

Woodchucks get the best of Kingfish

If the Kenosha Kingfish fall a game or two short of the Northwoods League playoffs this season, they can look back at the recently completed weekend series in Wausau as a reason for the missed opportunity.

The Kingfish managed only three hits off Brian Howard in a 10-0 loss to the Woodchucks before a crowd of 1,614 at Athletic Park in a game that was called because of rain in the seventh inning.

Kenosha Kingfish to send five to showcase

Five members of the Kenosha Kingfish were selected to take part in the 2014 Big League Dreams Showcase on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Warner Park in Madison, the Northwoods League announced on Monday.

The second annual event will consist of a doubleheader featuring the top players from the NWL who were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball scouts. The players will participate in a day of workouts in front of scouts which will be followed by the doubleheader.

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