Lakeshore wins Northwoods League title
MEQUON, Wis. — In their third season in the Northwoods League, the Lakeshore Chinooks swept the Mankato MoonDogs in the Summer Collegiate World Series to pick up their first championship in franchise history Friday in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Mankato beat the Willmar Stingers in the best-of-three North Division Championship Series on Wednesday.
Lakeshore scored two runs in the third and didn’t look back, as a duo of pitchers combined to blank the MoonDogs in a 3-0 win.
Joe Pavlovich went six shutout innings in the win for the Chinooks and allowed just four hits while striking out seven. Teammate Jake Tuttle went the final three innings for the save.
They got more then enough run support as Luke Meeteer hit a solo home run and Brett Siddall added a RBI single.
Meeteer’s shot led off the third against Mankato starter Cord Cockrell, who was eventually chased with two outs in the fifth. He took the loss, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking three to just one strikeout.
After being taken out in the first round in 2013, the flyout to Siddall - an All-Star and member of the showcase - ended a incredible season from the Chinooks. They racked up 50 wins in the regular season, just one of three teams in Northwoods history to accomplish that feat.
The MoonDogs, meanwhile, took their third loss in the finals over the past four years. Mankato left eight runners on base, including runners on first and second in the top of the 4th. Levi Scott picked up three of the MoonDogs five hits, finishing his postseason wtih an average of .526 (10-of-19).