Woodchucks extend winning streak to 8 games

Chucks Extend Winning Streak to Eight


Wausau, Wisc. – The Wausau Woodchucks (36-31) took on the Lakeshore Chinooks (33-34) in the final game of the series to sweep them up with a final score of 5-2. The Woodchucks extended their winning streak to their longest of the season at eight wins in a row.


The Woodchucks kicked things off in the bottom of the second when Travis Stapleton (Polk State) got the first hit of the night by crushing a double to center field, then stole third and managed to sneak home on an error by the Chinooks to give the Chucks their first run of the night.


The Chucks bats stayed hot in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Jc Ng (Pomona-Pitzer) advanced to first on a walk, ran to second on a wild pitch, and then stole third. Elie Kligman (Wake Forest) was also walked, putting two runners on base for Chase Hug (Evansville) to smash a three run home run over the right field wall, putting the Woodchucks at a 4-0 lead over Lakeshore. Hug’s homerun would be the Woodchuck’s 50th of the season, tying the season record.


Wausau continued on their hot streak after a Dwight Allen (Georgia) single scored Jakob Boos (UWSP) from third to put the Chucks up 5-0. Woodchuck pitching would keep the Chinooks at bay only allowing two runs to cross the plate. Nick Marshall (West Texas A&M) led the way with 7 innings of work, striking out eight and earning the win for the Chucks.


With the victory, the Woodchucks inched their way closer to playoff contention, putting themselves three games ahead of the Chinooks and two games ahead of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders if the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters win tonight.


The Wausau Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Woodchucks as your favorite team.


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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]