Woodchucks Sweep Double Header, Rafters Fall To La Crosse

WAUSAU, WI—The Wisconsin Woodchucks three-run eighth inning rally would lead them to victory over the Battle Creek Bombers 7-6 in the first game of Thursday night’s double header.

Play resumed from June 5th in the top of the second inning with the Woodchucks leading the Bombers 2-0, but the Bombers tied up the game in that inning. Joe Serrano scored from third base after John Clay Reeves’ throwing error trying to throw out a runner at second base. Daniel Cucjen scored later in the inning on a single to right field from Bombers’ teammate Cam Gibson to even up the game at two.

The Woodchucks regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth after a Joey Rodriguez would hit a fly ball deep enough to allow Reeves to score on the play and give the Woodchucks a 3-2 lead.

A four-run fifth inning allowed the Bombers to regain the lead back from the Woodchucks. After the third straight single to begin the inning from Matt Fears, Matthew Goodson came into score to even the score at three. A double by Rouric Bridgewater would bring home Gibson on the play to regain the lead. Another double by Kade Scivique brought in Bridgewater to give the Bombers a 6-3 advantage.

A home run by Woodchucks’ third baseman Josh Goossen-Brown would cut the Bombers deficit to two.

The Woodchucks rallied and took the lead back after a three-run eighth inning. After two singles to lead off the inning, Austin Diemer would pinch hit for Goossen-Brown looking to sacrifice the runners over. After a wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position, Diemer would hit a two-run triple down the right field line. Reeves would drive in Diemer in the very next at-bat to give the Woodchucks a 7-6 advantage which would be the difference in the game.

The Wisconsin Woodchucks used a three-run sixth inning rally in Game Two to sweep Thursday’s double header winning 5-4.

The Woodchucks took an early advantage as Jake Jefferies would come into score when John Clay Reeves hit a single through the right side of the infield to give the ‘Chucks a 1-0 lead.

The ‘Chucks tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Joey Rodriguez hit a fly ball to right-center field deep enough to allow Rob Bennie to come in and score to give the ‘Chucks a 2-0 advantage.

With the bases loaded, the very first pitch that Bombers’ center fielder Matt Goodson would see from Woodchucks’ reliever Pascal Paul, Goodson belted it over the right field wall to give the Bombers a 4-2 advantage with just one crack of the bat.

After loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Woodchucks rallied and took the lead thanks to a bloop single into right field by Edgar Figueroa would bring home Austin Diemer. After a fielding error by Bombers’ right fielder Greg Valezquez, Bennie came into score as well on the play to tie the game up at four. Déjà vu all over again as Rodriguez hits a fly ball to right field deep enough this time scoring Tyler Stieb to give the Woodchucks a 5-4 lead.

Merrill native Pascal Paul would earn the victory as the ‘Chucks battled back after he gave up the go-ahead grand slam. Max Ising would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning but shut the door on the Bombers as he earned the save.

The Woodchucks and Bombers will be back in action tomorrow night as they wrap up their three-game series at Athletic Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 with gates opening at 5:35.

COURTESY: Wisconsin Woodchucks

Wisconsin Rapids, WI- Johnny Bekakis led the way as the La Crosse Loggers (21-14, 1-0) pummeled the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (19-17, 0-1), 12-5, Monday afternoon at Witter Field. Bekakis led the way combining with three hits, including a double in the sixth innings and three-run home run in the seventh. The three hits by Bekakis were part of a 16-hit attack on the evening by the Loggers offense, the most of the season allowed by the Rafters pitching staff.

Brad Stroik had a 13 scoreless innings streak snapped against the Loggers when Connor Teykl laced a two-RBI single up the middle to ignite the Loggers offensive attack and give La Crosse an early lead, 2-0. The Loggers added another run in the second when Troy Taxler brought Teykl around on a base hit to left field. La Crosse finished the frame by knocking in the third run after Chris Keck reached on an error and Max McDowell added the second of six extra base hits for La Crosse.

The afternoon was a miserable one for the Rafters as their defense struggled throughout the evening, committing five errors during the ballgame, leading to way to two unearned runs.

The first Rafter runs came in the third inning when Jonathan Moroney reached on a single to left field. Jeremy Montalbano followed with a hit by pitch and Erik Payne launched a double to center field to get the Rafters on the board and to draw the score to within one run, 4-3.

The Loggers would push the lead back to four when Michael Katz hit a three-run home run off Stroik to extend the lead to four, 7-3.

The final two Rafter runs came in the fifth inning when Montalbano, batting for the third time this season, hit his first opposite field home run to right field, plating two Rafter runs and making the score, 7-5.

Bekakis busted the game open in the sixth inning when the Long Beach State prospect roped his fifth home run of the season over the left field wall. The two-run home run was part of the three run inning that successful pushed the lead out of striking distance.

The two teams will wrap their home-and-home series tomorrow after when the Rafters hit the road for the first of a six-game four-city road trip to begin the second half of the season.

COURTESY: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

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