Loggers Hold Off Woodchucks in Extras
The La Crosse Loggers were able to fend off a pesky Wisconsin Woodchucks team Saturday night with a 10-7 victory in ten innings from Athletic Park in Wausau.
The Loggers scored first in this one, and produced a big lead for themselves. In the top of the first inning, Jack Meggs (Washington) was able to score on an error by Wisconsin's starter, Zach Barr (Arkansas). Luke Persico (UCLA) would then hit a sacrifice fly to score Kevin Zak (Grand Valley State). Up 3-0 in the fifth the Loggers would double their lead thanks to a Austin Rei (Washington) sacrifice fly and a Ryan Kirby (San Diego) two-run home run.
With a 6-0 lead, Loggers starter, Kevin Roy (Columbia), was cruising until the bottom of the seventh when the Woodchucks brought up eleven batters and plated seven runs. The inning was highlighted by a Jake Jeffries (Cal State Fullerton) two-run double and a Nate Mondou (Wake Forest) double.
Roy would leave the game in the middle of the inning allowing six runs on six hits and would factor a no-decision.
The Loggers, now down 7-6, were able to tie the game up in the eighth inning. Birk would single home pitch-runner, Aaron Knapp (Cal), and the game headed to extra innings.
In the tenth inning, Rei would hit a two-run RBI single to score Meggs and Zak, and later in the inning Birk would score on a Persico putout.
Closer Breckin Williams (Missouri) would come on in the bottom of the tenth to notch his tenth save.
The Loggers are now 3-1 in the second half and will open up a two-game series at the Lumberyard Sunday night against the Battle Creek Bombers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05.