Schaffer, Kane Preserve Key Road Victory

After letting an early five-run lead slip away, the Woodchucks (21-13) had the final say in a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Madison Mallards (14-18).

The win snaps a season-long three-game losing streak for Wisconsin and keeps their faint hope of a first half championship alive.

After struggling on offense last night, the visitors jumped on top early in Saturday’s contest.

Jordan Schaffer drove in CJ Kayfus and Louie Albrecht with two outs in the top of the second.

In the top of the third, Jacob Burke blasted a solo homer to left field to extend the lead to 3-0. The home run was his first hit as a Woodchuck.

Meanwhile, Tyler Hoeft kept the Mallards off the board in his first five innings of work. The righty struck out three and issued just one walk in the quality start.

The Woodchucks tacked on two more in the top of the sixth. A base hit by Tommy Delgado set up a Louie Albrecht sacrifice fly which plated Kayfus. Delgado later came around to score on Tyler Kehoe’s RBI double.

Madison scored an unearned run in the sixth after a dropped third strike and a hit batsman. Manager Corey Thompson went to his bullpen, and reliever Dante Chirico stranded two men on to limit the damage.

But the Mallards weren’t done. In the bottom of the seventh, a trio of singles cut the deficit to two before Drake Baldwin’s two-run homer tied the game at five.

The score remained level until the Woodchucks got to work in the top of the ninth. Louie Albrecht led off with a single, and pinch runner Jacob Schoenvogel promptly stole second. Schaffer delivered a clutch RBI double which put the visitors back in front.

In the bottom of the ninth, the first two batters reached second and third against reliever Thomas Wilhite, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his team debut.

Tom Kane came in from the bullpen and quickly induced a groundout. After intentionally walking Baldwin (7-for-7, 4 RBI in the series), Kane struck out the next batter before inducing a groundout to seal the win.

Top Performers

Schaffer was 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs in the win.

Kayfus scored two runs after going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Burke has now scored a run in all four of his starts with the Woodchucks.

Albrecht was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Hoeft allowed one unearned run in six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.84 on the season.

Kane picked up his fourth save of the year by recording the final three outs.

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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]