Woodchucks Smash the Pit Spitters

Woodchucks Smash the Pit Spitters

The Wausau Woodchucks (10-10) took on the Traverse City Pit Spitters (8-12) for the second night in a row at Athletic Park for yet another electrifying night of strong pitching.

The first four innings were quiet as Aidan Major (West Virginia University) commanded the mound, recording eight strikeouts through seven rock solid innings of play, giving up only one hit and two walks through six.

The Chucks, although initially quiet, began heating up during the second at bat in the bottom of the 4th inning when Brent Widder (University of Evansville) advanced to first on a sharply hit single to right field, followed by Dwight Allen (University of Georgia) being walked, to put two runners on the bases. Amani Larry (University of New Orleans) launched a rocket of a hit into right field to earn himself a triple and drive in the first two runs of the game. Kevin Kilpatrick (University of Central Florida) continued the two out rally by hitting a single right fielder and getting Larry to plate.

Hunter Dorraugh (San Jose State University) smashed the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the 5th to right field, giving the Chucks their first base runner of the inning. Zach Levenson (University of Miami) continued the attack on the Pit Spitters, earning both his first hit of the season and his first RBI with a single to left field.

After nearly seven innings of strong pitching, Major was relieved by Ben Abernathy (West Virginia) after the Pit Spitters earned one run off of a home run to successfully close out the inning.

Allen followed Levenson’s lead, also earning his first hit of the season on a single to right field in the bottom of the 8th, although the Chucks were unable to plate another run.

To close out the game, Cade Denton (Oral Roberts) pitched the Chucks to a victorious end result, slamming the door in the Pit Spitters faces for the second night in a row with a final score of 4-1.

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]