Wisconsin Completes Three Game Sweep of the Kernels

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By Aaron Hepker

APPLETON, Wisconsin - The Timber Rattlers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to defeat the Kernels 5-3 in Appleton on Thursday night. Wisconsin swept the three game series from the Kernels.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got off to a quick start with two runs in the 1st inning against Kernels starter Brian Diemer. Wisconsin's second baseman Nick Shaw led off with a single. He later scored on a RBI single by Cody Hawn for the game's first tally. Then, Chris Dennis drove home Hawn with a double off the wall in left field and give Wisconsin a 2-0 lead.

The Timber Rattlers added to their lead with three runs in the 3rd inning. Hawn reached on a fielding error by Kernels second baseman Wes Hatton. Dennis then drove a triple to right center, scoring Hawn and making the score 3-0. Mike Walker then singled to bring home Dennis, giving the Rattlers a 4-0 lead. After two infield singles, Walker scored on a double play ball and made the score 5-0.

Diemer (4-2) went three innings and took the loss. He allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out three and walking none.

The Kernels scored three runs in the 5th inning to cut the Timber Rattler lead to two. Travis Witherspoon doubled with one out. Wes Hatton then hit a triple to drive home Witherspoon for the Kernels first run of the game. Hatton scored on a double to right by Brandon Decker to make the score 5-2. Decker then scored on a single by Carlos Ramirez, making the score 5-3.

Kernels reliever Dakota Robinson pitched four innings out of the bullpen and allowed no runs on one hit. He struck out five and walked two.

Kevin Johnson pitched one inning for the Kernels. He allowed no runs on no hits while striking out two.

Austin Ross (4-1) went six innings in relief for Wisconsin and picked up the win. He allowed three runs on six hits while striking out nine and walking one.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Zach Braddock started in a rehab outing for the Timber Rattlers. He was on a pitch count and faced the first five Kernels hitters. Braddock struck out those five hitters in 1.2 innings of work.

Daniel Britt recorded one out in the 2nd inning.

Thomas Keeling finished the ballgame by pitching the 9th inning and recording his 1st save. He went one inning and allowed no runs on no hits while striking out two and walking none.

The Kernels begin a three game commuter series at Burlington on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The Kernels return home on Tuesday, May 17 against the Kane County Cougars at 6:35 p.m.

Morgan Hawk brings you the action on the radio home of Kernels baseball, 1450 KMRY AM. Fans may also listen online at www.kmryradio.com or www.kernels.com.

Tickets are available online at www.kernels.com or by calling the Kernels Ticket Office at 896-7560. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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