Three players made their season debuts for the Kenosha Kingfish in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Growlers at Simmons Field, and the results were mixed.
Michigan State senior-to-be Matt Byars, a 24th-round selection by the Minnesota Twins in the recent Major League Baseball Draft who hasn’t signed a pro contract, started at catcher and batted eighth.
He doubled in his first at-bat in the third, hit into an inning-ending, 1-2-3 double play on a failed suicide squeeze bunt attempt in the fifth and struck out looking with two runners on in the seventh.
Marty Bechina is the kind of ballplayer who would fit in well in any generation. You can almost picture him 100 years ago — during the “Dead Ball Era” — wearing a heavy flannel uniform and aggressively slashing at the ball or charging into bases.
Manager Duffy Dyer has been waiting for a game like Monday, when his Kenosha Kingfish defeated Kalamazoo, 7-1, in front of 1,425 people at Simmons Field.
It was the team’s season-high fourth win in a row and puts the squad at 13-15.
In only his third game since joining the Kenosha Kingfish, outfielder Dylan Rosa hit his first home run (and RBI) leading off the bottom of the fifth inning in Sunday’s 6-5 comeback victory over the Battle Creek Bombers at Simmons Field.
Maybe, just maybe the Kenosha Kingfish are starting to turn the corner.
When Kenosha Kingfish pitcher Ryan Orr looks at other hurlers in the Northwoods League, he sees counterparts who rely on pure heat to get an out.
He knows that’s not his game — so he has to rely on a little bit of everything else to get the job done.
MEQUON — It was a perfect day for a baseball game Monday at Kapco Park.
Sunny, warm — maybe a bit too breezy — but otherwise spectacular on the campus of Concordia University overlooking Lake Michigan.
The Kenosha Kingfish scored three times in the top of the ninth inning Sunday to beat the La Crosse Loggers, 9-6.
Kenosha (8-12) took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the seventh but the Loggers (12-8) answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.
This time, the Kenosha Kingfish completed the rally.
One night after a furious ninth-inning rally came up short, the Kingfish rallied again late in Wausau against the Wisconsin Woodchucks in a Northwoods League game on Friday night. This comeback wasn’t as dramatic, but the result was more satisfying as the Kingfish scored three unanswered runs starting in the top of the sixth for an 8-7 victory.
One day after scoring the first six runs, the Kenosha Kingfish gave up the first six Thursday in an 11-8 loss to Wisconsin Woodchucks in Wausau.
Kenosha (6-11), which began a five-game road trip, was hoping to win consecutive games for the first time since starting 3-0. But the Kingfish managed just three hits and struck out nine times in the first five innings against Woodchucks pitcher Robert Zeigler.
The way things have been going for the Kenosha Kingfish, they’ll take a win any way they can get one.
“Oh yeah, no doubt,” Kingfish starting pitcher Andrew Reisinger said. “We’ve been struggling. … We got a much-needed ‘W.’”
The Kenosha Kingfish’s slide continued with a 5-3 Northwoods League loss to the Green Bay Bullfrogs in front of 2,266 on Tuesday night at Simmons Field.
With its ninth defeat in 10 games after a 4-1 start, Kenosha (5-10) fell into last place in the NWL’s nine-team South Division.
So far, defense of the Northwoods League championship is not going so well for the Kenosha Kingfish.
“Lately we haven’t been swinging the bat nearly as well, especially with men on base,” Kingfish manager Duffy Dyer said. “Starting pitching, and the middle relief, has not been very good. So we’re just struggling overall. We have a few good days here and there but as far as consistency, we just haven’t had it since the first two or three games.
The Kenosha Kingfish accomplished two goals on Sunday.
At the top of the list was an 11-3 win at Waterloo (Iowa), which snapped a seven-game losing streak — and it also came at the expense of the Northwoods League’s top North Division squad.
In the second Major League Baseball Draft where Kenosha Kingfish alumni were eligible to be selected, Buddy Reed became the highest drafted Kingfish alumnus so far on Thursday night.
For the second consecutive night, the Rockford Rivets raced out to a big lead over the Kenosha Kingfish on Saturday night.
Unlike Friday night, though, there was no rally in defeat.
The Kenosha Kingfish’s losing streak reached five with a 2-0 Northwoods League loss to the Rockford Rivets on Thursday night at Simmons Field.
Scoreless through six innings, Rockford capitalized on two Kenosha errors to take a 1-0 lead in the seventh against Kingfish reliever Rigo Beltran (1-2).
The Kenosha Kingfish bats are in a deep freeze, and there was no thawing on Wednesday night.
Kenosha managed seven hits and plated just a single run as its losing streak reached four in a 2-1 Northwoods League defeat to the Rockford Rivets at Rivets Stadium in Rockford, Ill.
Even with an early-morning wake-up call on Tuesday, the Kenosha Kingfish came out swinging in their Northwoods League matchup at Kalamazoo (Mich.).
But after a strong two-run start in the top of the first, the offense suddenly went quiet.
The Waterloo Bucks jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to a 7-3 Northwoods League victory over the Kenosha Kingfish in front of a crowd of 2,607 at Simmons Field on Sunday afternoon.
Waterloo (4-2) scored four runs in the fourth against Kenosha starter Aaron Schwark (0-1), then added three more over the next three innings against Bradford graduate Colton Lee.
Colton Lee wasn’t even born yet when his grandfather, Bob Lee Sr., was the Kenosha Twins general manager from 1984-91.