Behind Pair of Homers, Woodchucks win 9-5 at Lakeshore
MEQUON, WI – For the second time in two road games, the Wisconsin Woodchucks came from behind to secure a dramatic victory.
After falling into an early 3-1 hole, the Chucks chipped away at the deficit as they have done all season thus far.
Brandon Trammell led off the top of the 4th inning with a double and scored on Bryson Hill’s sacrifice fly, helping the Woodchucks chase Lakeshore’s starting pitcher.
Then in the top of the 6th, Noah Fitzgerald’s double put two runners into scoring position for catcher Dalton Reeves. Reeves belted a towering home run to right-center field, giving the Woodchucks a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, reliever Will Geerdes faced a bases-loaded jam after an error brought the Chinooks to within one run. But he induced a pair of ground balls, including a double play, to limit the damage and keep the score tied at 5-5.
In the top of the 9th, Kevin Kilpatrick’s wall-scraping blast to left field put the Woodchucks right back in front, 7-5. Later in the inning, Trammell’s double brought home Tyler Kehoe, and Tyler MacGregor knocked him in with a single to give the Woodchucks their final insurance run.
Chandler Poell struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to improve the Woodchucks’ record to 4-1 on the young season.
Starting pitcher Sean Higgins worked four innings, allowing three runs (two earned). He struck out three Chinooks and did not issue any walks.
Will Geerdes earned the win after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 8th. He worked a total of four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out two.
Dalton Reeves hit his first home run as a Woodchuck and threw out Chinooks left fielder Conner Fiene on a snap throw to first from his catcher position.
Tyler MacGregor and Kevin Kilpatrick each collected three hits.
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