Saturday's Northwoods League Action

The Wisconsin Woodchucks trailed earlier but responded as they used four runs in the first two innings to lead them to victory over the Madison Mallards 6-4.

A couple of singles in the top of the first inning gave the Mallards an early lead. The first single by Joe McCarthy would bring home John LaPrise. A single by Jason Goldstein brought home Mike Reuvekamp that gave the Mallards an early 2-0 lead.

The Woodchucks would answer the Mallards in the bottom of the first inning when Josh Goossen-Brown hit an RBI double that brought home Tyler Stieb on the play. Matt Tellor then hit a homerun to deep center field bringing home Goossen-Brown to give the ‘Chucks a 3-2 lead.

The Woodchucks tacked another run on in the bottom of the second inning as Austin Diemer scored on a passed ball to give the ‘Chucks a 4-2 lead.

The Mallards cut the Woodchucks’ lead to one, but that would be the closest they would get, as Geonte Jackson came into score after McCarthy hit a fly ball deep enough to center field.

The Woodchucks responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning. Goossen-Brown and Tellor hit back-to-back doubles in which Goossen-Brown scored on Tellor’s double. The Woodchucks weren’t done there as Austin Diemer hit a hard hit ball past the third baseman that brought home Tellor in to score on the play giving the ‘Chucks a little breathing room as they now lead 6-3 which would be the final in this contest.

The win would be awarded to Dan Weigel as he pitched six innings giving up only three runs while striking out four Mallards’ batters. The loss was handed to Cam Verbeke as he surrendered five runs in six and one-third innings pitched. The save was given to Max Ising as he now has recorded seven saves for the Woodchucks this season.

The Woodchucks and the Mallards will finish their two-game series tomorrow afternoon in the last game before the All-Star break. First pitch is set for 5:05 with gates opening at 4:05.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters dropped a disappointing 6-4 extra inning loss Saturday night to Lakeshore Chinooks at Witter Field. The loss affectively dropped the Rafters to 3-4 this season in extra innings loss and the second of the season against the Chinooks.

Jackson Slaid was the story for the Rafters as the Montevallo prospect added two home runs and totaled three RBI on the night, including a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the ballgame at 4-4. The home run was the second of the evening for Slaid, marking the second time this season the Northwoods League home run leader has hit two long balls in a single contest. It was the firsts for Slaid in the second half of the season and his first since July 3 against the Green Bay Bullfrogs, also a two home run game.

Derek Kawlewski earned the spot start today for the Rafters after Griffin Glaude was send to the bullpen. Kawlewski twirled a strong 6 2/3 innings pitched, issuing just seven hits, while stranding eight Chinook runners on base throughout the evening. The only run allowed by Kawlewski occurred on a strikeout passed ball in the second inning when Chinook, John Norwood, scored on a strikeout passed by Corey Bobit. The strikeout would have been the final out of the second inning.

The Rafters pitching staff was strong again tonight as they held a Lakeshore Chinooks offense that is one of the best in the league to just three runs through the games first nine innings place. Kewlewski, Trevor Koehn, Griffin Glaude and Nick Kolarik combined to toss all 12 innings placed tonight while striking out 14 batters the night, a Rafters season high.

Kolarik labored in the the 12th inning as the Chinooks sent eight men to the plate and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by the Rafters short stop, George Ragsdale. The two errors committed by the Rafters defense tonight cost the team four runs.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will conclude a home-and-home series tomorrow night at Kapco Park when the Rafters visit the Lakeshore Chinooks. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at Kapco Park and fans can listen to Sunday night’s broadcast by tuning into the radio broadcast on WFHR AM 1320. The Rafters are 1-6 this season against the Chinooks.

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