Woodchucks Win with 9th Inning Walk-Off


Woodchucks Win with 9th Inning Walk-Off


Wausau, Wisc. – The Wausau Woodchucks (29-27) endured a long battle against the Madison Mallards (23-34) on a chilly Thursday evening, winning in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 9th inning with a score of 8-5. Chucks pitcher Jace Baumann (UW-Stout) put on a show, pitching a full 5 innings and giving up just three runs.


Key Highlights


After a quiet first inning, the Woodchucks got things started off with a bang, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 2nd. The game remained quiet on both fronts for the next several innings thanks to strong pitching, however the Mallards managed to sneak in a few runs to take a 5-2 lead.


Wausau would rally back in the bottom of the 7th inning with a clutch double by Chase Hug (Evansville) to make things interesting, eventually scoring himself on a base knock by Nik Levensteins (North Georgia) to tie things up at 5 runs apiece.

The Chucks and Mallards were in a gridlock as the game went into the bottom of the 9th inning. After a walk and an error put two on base for the Woodchucks, Tyler Cox (Eckerd) took advantage of the opportunity by launching the game-winning three-run homerun over the right field wall to give the Chucks the win.


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.

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]