We took a look at the first Milkmen and DockHounds rivalry series



The Milwaukee Milkmen and the Lake Country DockHounds – the area’s two independent professional baseball teams – brought their budding rivalry to the Franklin Field Diamond on the opening weekend of the new American Association season.

The Milkmen won the first two games of the series against the DockHounds, who are in their inaugural season, before Lake Country recorded their first-ever win on Sunday, a 6-5 win from behind topped by two runs at the top of the ninth inning.

The teams will meet 10 more times during the regular season.

The DockHounds chatted a bit on social media ahead of Friday night’s matchup, which was the first game for the Lake Country franchise.


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The DockHounds backed it initially, scoring two runs on top of the first as the team showed no signs of nervousness on opening night. But the Milkmen clinched the win behind newly acquired slugger Keon Barnum, who hit two long homers.

The Milkmen won a back-and-forth battle on Saturday night and came away with a 10-7 victory before the DockHounds claimed their first win on Sunday.

Franklin Mayor Steve Olson and Oconomowoc Mayor Robert Magnus made a friendly bet on the weekend series.

“We originally wanted to stock a lifetime supply of lip balm for Dorothy’s ruby ​​slippers, but Mayor Magnus didn’t want it,” Olson said. Carmex lip balm is Franklin’s biggest export, while Oconomowoc is known for hosting one of the very first previews of the The Wizard of Oz 1939, they explained. “Instead, we settled on the Dunk Tank Challenge,” Magnus said.

Photo by Rich Rovito

With the Milkmen taking over the series, Magnus has agreed to get a dunk tank the next time the two teams play at Franklin Field, which will take place when Milkmen defeat the DockHounds in a four-game series beginning May 15 August will host.

The teams will meet in Oconomowoc for a three-game set starting June 28.

Milwaukee wore different uniforms for each game of the weekend series and debuted the team’s new cream jerseys, which feature a retro design, for Sunday’s series finale.

Milwaukee’s spirited Bo Vine, who was named the league’s top mascot last season, entertained fans, especially giddy kids, with his quips. Louie, the costumed stalker of the DockHounds, will entertain local LakeCountry fans.

About 35 miles separate Franklin Field and the Dockhounds’ base in Oconomowoc. Several DockHounds fans made their way to Franklin to get a first look at their new team in action.

The American Association’s 12 teams feature players with a range of experiences, some fresh out of college and others seasoned veterans, including some with major league experience.

The Milkmen won the 2020 American Association championship in just their second year of existence, overcoming a challenging season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in a truncated schedule with only half the league’s teams participating.

Photo by Rich Rovito

This season marks a transition for the Milkmen, who will be without two-time American Association Player of the Year Adam Brett Walker II, who grew up on Milwaukee’s North Side. Walker, a fan favorite for his booming home runs, signed this offseason to play in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball after two seasons in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee lineup is led this year by Barnum, who held the league’s home run record for a season until Walker set a new mark last season. The DockHounds caused a stir with the signing of veteran Taiwanese star Dai-Kang Yang, who recorded the first hit in franchise history.

The DockHounds will play their home games at the new Wisconsin Brewing Company Park in Oconomowoc. After the DockHounds traveled to Sioux City, Iowa to face the Explorers in a three-game series starting Tuesday, the DockHounds will play their home game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Milkmen are hosting a three-game series at Franklin Field, beginning Monday night against the Cleburne Railroaders.




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