Woodchucks Lose A Tight One

Woodchucks Lose A Tight One.

Wausau, WI – After a 58 minute weather delay Andrew Armstrong (Florida State University) started the game for the Woodchucks with a strike out and a double play. The Lakeshore Chinooks scored the first run of the game in the second and the Woodchucks responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning when Mark Shallenberger (University of Evansville) drove in Amani Larry (University of New Orleans).

A McGwire Holbrook (West Virginia University) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth scored Michael Brooks (University of Central Florida) putting the Woodchucks on top 2-1. Lakeshore would put up two in the fifth, but the Woodchucks answered with a run of their own with an RBI single from Zach Levenson (University of Miami), which scored Hunter Dorraugh (San Jose State University), bringing the game to a tie at 3.

The scoring would continue in the sixth when Caleb Bartolero (Troy University) scored on a RBI double from John Bay (Oklahoma State University) for the Chinooks, which gave the Chinooks the lead of 4-3. The Woodchucks quickly reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth with Holbrook and Camden Janik (University of Illinois) scoring off a Kevin Kilpatrick (University of Houston) single to left field.

With the Woodchucks leading at the top of the seventh, the Chinooks strike back immediately with Tony Livermore (Northwestern University) crossing home plate on a wild pitch thrown by Cade Denton (Oral Roberts University) to even the score.

After a scoreless eighth inning, the first since the first inning of the game, the Chinooks’ Matthias Haas (Cal Poly) hit a homerun with one out in the ninth to take the lead. With the Woodchucks going down in the bottom of the ninth on four batters they lost the game 6-5 and split this home series with the Chinooks 1-1.

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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]