Woodchucks plate 11 in loss to Kingfish

Chucks Put Up 11 Against Kingfish

Wausau, Wisc.- The Wausau Woodchucks (29-31) battled the Kenosha Kingfish (29-32) until the very end on an exciting Monday night, ultimately being unable to rally for the win despite their best efforts. The nearly four hour game ended with a final score of 13-11.

The Woodchucks started the game off quietly until the bottom of the 4th inning, when a Nik Levensteins (North Georgia) single scored Elie Kligman (Wake Forest) from third base, starting a rally for the home team. The rally continued in the bottom of the 5th inning when Kligman smoked a single to right field to score Aidan Corn (Pasco-Hernando).

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Chucks rally efforts exploded, scoring an impressive five runs during the inning to bring the score to 12-7, Kenosha still leading. The five runs came from the Kingfish walking four Chucks batters and one single to left field by Corn.

After a quiet 7th inning, Zach Kluvers (North Dakota State), Maurice Gomez (Keiser), and Kligman were each walked in the bottom of the 8th to load the bases for the Chucks with two outs. The Kingfish brought in a new pitcher to try to end the inning, but a wild pitch ended up bringing Kluvers home to plate another run for Wausau.

The Chucks loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 9th inning with three consecutive hits, inching themselves closer with another run scored on an RBI single from Kluvers. Corn smashed a two run single over the head of the third baseman to make it a two run game. Though the Woodchucks loaded the bases once more with two outs, they wouldn’t be able to score again, leaving the game with a final score of 13-11.

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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]