August 26, 2016
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Leading Off: More from the Dyers

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Here are a few leftover nuggets from my recent interviews with Kenosha Kingfish manager Duffy Dyer and his wife Lynn for a story that ran in the News on Sunday:

* During his 40-plus years in professional baseball, Duffy was teammates with, played under and coached some of the game’s all-time greats, including Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Gil Hodges, Yogi Berra, Sparky Anderson, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor.

Asked if she ever thinks ‘Wow’ while reflecting on that fact, Lynn said, “I really don’t because when you’re close to these people and you see them every day, they’re just people like you are. Yogi and his wife Carmen were just the most down-to-earth and nicest people. Ruth and Nolan Ryan and all of them, they’re just great people.


Kingfish lose in finale

Kenosha’s season came to an end Sunday, as the Kingfish suffered a 7-0 loss to Wisconsin to wrap up its Northwoods League season with the worst record in the second half.

Kenosha finishes with a 10-26 record (26-46 overall) after winning the league championship last season.

Kingfish record third straight win

The Kenosha Kingfish ran their winning streak to three with a 5-1 victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Saturday night at Simmons Field.

Right-hander Adam Dressler (3-2) scattered eight hits and allowed one unearned run in seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts. JR Holloway pitched two scoreless innings for his second save.

All in the family

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When the Kenosha Kingfish conclude their third season in the Northwoods League today, Lynn Dyer, manager Duffy Dyer’s wife, will be in her Simmons Field grandstand seat behind home plate taking it all in.

Kingfish use 3 homers to claim road finale

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The Kenosha Kingfish ensured their final bus trip home this season would be a happy one.

St. Joseph graduate Pete Schuler hit his sixth homer of the season, tying Marty Bechina for the team lead, and Pat McInerney and Sawyer Gieseke also homered as the Kingfish defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 11-4 in a Northwoods League game at Wausau’s Athletic Park on Friday night to complete a two-game sweep.

Kingfish ride early outburst to victory

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A big early inning, coupled with strong pitching, carried the Kenosha Kingfish to a 5-1 Northwoods League victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Thursday night at Athletic Park in Wausau.

Cal Jadacki’s RBI single, Matt Byars’ RBI fielder’s choice and Sawyer Gieseke’s RBI groundout staked the Kingfish (8-25 second half, 24-45 overall) to a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Bullfrogs topple Kingfish

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After being no-hit for the first four innings, the Kenosha Kingfish suffered a 10-5 loss to the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Wednesday night in front of 3,146 fans at Simmons Field.

Green Bay (17-15 in the second half, 32-36 overall) led the entire way as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Kenosha starter Charlie Hecht (2-6), who allowed nine hits and seven runs (four earned) in 41/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Bechina homers in Showcase

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At least in the Northwoods League standings, it hasn’t been a season to remember for the Kenosha Kingfish.

But it’s been a splendid summer for Kingfish infielder Marty Bechina, and it continued on Tuesday night.

Schuler helps Fish snap 9-game skid

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The Kenosha Kingfish used the long ball to end their nine-game losing streak with an 11-4 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Monday night.

St. Joseph graduate Pete Schuler hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his fifth round-tripper this summer. Schuler’s fellow Kent State sophomore-to-be, Dylan Rosa, ripped a two-run blast, his fourth, to give Kenosha a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

Kingfish lose eighth in a row

The Kenosha Kingfish gave themselves a chance to tie or take the lead in the top of the ninth inning on Saturday night, but they weren’t able to come through in a 5-3 Northwoods League loss to the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids.

It was the eighth consecutive loss for last-place Kenosha, which dropped to 6-23 in the second half and 22-43 overall.

Mallards finish season sweep of Fish

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Only eight games remain in what’s been a frustrating season for the Kenosha Kingfish. At least no more of them are against the Madison Mallards.

The Mallards completed their dominance of the Kingfish this season, sweeping a Northwoods League doubleheader — created by Thursday’s rainout — 8-2 and 7-2 on Friday night at Madison’s Warner Park. Both games were seven innings.

Kingfish, Mallards to play two today

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The Kenosha Kingfish and Madison Mallards will conclude their four-game, two-city Northwoods League series with a doubleheader at Madison’s Warner Park tonight.

After the Mallards won both games at Simmons Field on Tuesday and Wednesday, the teams’ scheduled game on Thursday in Madison was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled for 5 p.m. and the second for approximately 7:05.

Summer surprise

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Anthony Olson wasn’t even expecting to play in a collegiate baseball league this summer. But he’s not only playing, he’s thriving with the DuPage (Ill.) Drones of the Prospect League — a wood bat league with 12 teams in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

A 2012 Tremper graduate and 6-foot-5 right-hander, Olson spent the 2013 and 2015 spring seasons pitching for Oakton Community College (Ill.). (He missed the entire 2014 spring and summer seasons with a torn ACL in his left knee.)

Mallards rally with 7-run eighth to beat Kingfish

Just when it appeared the Kenosha Kingfish were about to end their losing streak, the Madison Mallards had other plans.

Madison sent nine batters to the plate in erupting for a seven-run eighth inning to take a 9-7 lead, and that score held up on Wednesday night at Simmons Field.

Kingfish lose fourth in a row

A pair of mini-rallies at the beginning and end Tuesday night weren’t enough to save the Kenosha Kingfish from their fourth straight Northwoods League setback.

Kenosha overcame an early 3-0 deficit but couldn’t make it stand up in an 8-5 loss to visiting Madison.

Kingfish drop two games to Chinooks

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MEQUON — At least the doubleheaders are done.

The Kingfish were swept by the Lakeshore Chinooks on Monday, beginning with a 6-2 afternoon loss in Kenosha followed by a 10-5 defeat in the nightcap at Kapco Park in Mequon.

Kingfish drop game to Wisconsin Rapids

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The Kenosha Kingfish’s two-game winning streak ended with an 8-1 Northwoods League loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Sunday evening before a crowd of 3,070 at Simmons Field.

Wisconsin Rapids jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings against Kenosha starter Cole Erickson (2-3), who gave up seven hits and was charged with six runs (two earned) in 62/3 innings while striking out seven and walking none.

Kingfish pitcher Spranger sharpens up his game

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Kenosha Kingfish left-hander Grant Spranger was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night after his performance in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Simmons Field.

Spranger (1-0) used a repertoire of a two-seam fastball, slider and changeup to allow only four hits and one unearned run in seven innings — his longest outing in four appearances (all starts). He walked one and struck out five.

Kingfish win with big seventh inning

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Grant Spranger pitched seven strong innings and the Kenosha Kingfish got all their offense in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-1 Northwoods League win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Simmons Field on Saturday night.

Spranger, a left-hander who will pitch for Creighton this season after pitching at Southeastern CC, surrendered just five hits and an earned run with a walk and five strikeouts in improving to 1-0.

Reese a key piece for Kingfish

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It’s one of those unique circumstances that seems to happen perhaps more often in baseball than other sports.

Let Florida sophomore-to-be and Kenosha Kingfish middle infielder Blake Reese explain.

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