Lugo’s Gem, Late Offense Lead To Road Win for Woodchucks

Lugo’s Gem, Late Offense Lead To Road Win

MADISON, WI – The Wausau Woodchucks (4-7) scored the game’s final six runs at Warner Park Friday, holding the Madison Mallards (5-6) to one hit over the game’s final four innings in a 6-1 win.

The victory snaps a four-game skid for Wausau, who got a huge lift tonight from starting pitcher Ernie Lugo (Salt Lake CC).

Lugo improved to 2-0 on the season, throwing five innings of one-run ball for a second straight start. He struck out six and walked two, inducing a pair of key double plays in the process.

When Lugo left the game after five, the Woodchucks trailed 1-0. But once the visitors got into the Mallard bullpen, things started to go their way.

Camden Janik (Illinois) reached on an error, sparking a three-run rally in the sixth inning. Kevin Kilpatrick (Houston) contributed a base-hit in his 2022 debut, setting the stage for Mark Shallenberger (Evansville) to draw a bases-loaded walk. Two more runs would score on wild pitches, giving the Woodchucks the lead.

In the seventh, Brock Watkins (BYU) drove in a run with an infield single, part of his second multi-hit game of the season. Collin Reuter (BYU) also scored a run in the frame, his first as a Woodchuck after reaching base three times on the evening.

Ryan Sepede (BYU) homered to left field in the eighth inning, giving the Chucks their final insurance run. The homer is his first of the season, and the team’s second.

Aidan Major (West Virginia) worked two scoreless innings in his bullpen debut. He helped his own cause by turning a 1-6-3 double play, and was aided by a diving web gem by third baseman Brent Widder (Evansville).

Carter Heninger (San Jose State) and David Barrett (Florida State) slammed the door from there, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth inning respectively. Neither have allowed an earned run over a combined 13 innings of work this season, solidifying their key bullpen roles.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]