Woodchucks Battle Mallards in Offensive Showdown

Chucks Test the Waters Against Mallards

Wausau, Wisc. – The Wausau Woodchucks (27-25 overall, 10-6 second half) took on the Madison Mallards (23-30 overall, 5-12 second half) for their first game back at Athletic Park since the All-Star Break, losing a hard fought battle 9-7.

 

It was a pitching duel for the first four innings with only one run and three hits recorded. The Mallards put up three runs in the 5th inning, but the scoring was just getting started.

 

The Chucks started to rally in the bottom of the 6th inning when a two run home run by Nik Levensteins (North Georgia) put the first two runs on the board, scoring himself and Chase Hug (Evansville). Garrett Hill (North Dakota State) made it interesting by taking advantage of a wild pitch scoring from third, and Zach Kluvers (North Dakota State) tied it up on a passed ball by the Madison catcher.

 

Madison scored five runs in the top of the 7th inning, but the Woodchucks threatened again in the bottom of the inning with Hug scoring from third on a Levensteins single to right field. Ryan Sepede (BYU) and Levensteins both scored from wild pitches, inching the Chucks closer with a score of 9-7.

 

Dwight Allen (Georgia) caught a pop fly in shallow center field and threw the runner out at the plate to end the top of the 9th inning with a clutch double play, trying to send the Chucks into the bottom of the inning with a spark. Kluvers started things off with a single to the left field corner, but the Chucks would be unable to bring him in, and Madison took the first game of the series with a score of 9-7.

 Up Next

The Woodchucks will return to Athletic Park Wednesday, July 27th for a double header to face the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at 12:05pm and 6:35pm. The first game Wednesday will be the Kids Day Out event, followed by the Culligan Water Mini Bat Giveaway to the first 500 fans who walk through the gates for the 6:35pm game. Tickets can be purchased online at https://wausau-woodchucks.nwltickets.com/ or by calling 715.845.5055.

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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]