Woodchucks Outlast Rockers in Pitching Duel

Woodchucks Outlast Rockers in Pitching Duel

The Woodchucks bring in a win as they hold off the Green Bay Rockers in a pitcher’s duel on a scorcher of a June afternoon. The Chucks advance to 7-8 on the season, while the Rockers fall to 4-11.

Brent Widder (Evansville) starts the Chucks off in the third inning with a double, but couldn’t make it in to score. The Rockers retaliated with a solo shot home run, but the Chucks wouldn’t let them get away with it.

The Chucks get two runners on in the 7th inning on two consecutive walks, and runners advanced on a wild pitch to second and third. Mark Shallenberger (Evansville) scores on a fielder’s choice to tie the game. Widder drove a single into center to score Ryan Sepede (BYU), allowing the Chucks to take the lead 2-1. Widder takes third on an error throw from home to second sneaks back to the outfield.

The Rockers threatened with two runners on the corners in the top of the ninth, but they couldn’t drive any in. The Chucks power through to take the 2-1 victory.

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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 Rockers 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]