Wausau, Wisc. – The Wisconsin Woodchucks (17-24, 2-4) recorded a season-high 20 hits on Monday night to defeat the Battle Creek Bombers (24-17) 12-4 at Athletic Park.
Battle Creek fell behind early in the game thanks to back-to-back home runs from the Woodchucks in the first. The Bombers though fought back in the second, with Nikola Vasic (Southern Illinois) drawing a one out walk. With Cale Hennemann (University of Memphis) at the plate, three straight wild pitches were thrown to him, and allowed Vasic to travel around the bases to score. Hennemann and Cody Hawken (University of Portland) drew back-to-back walks. Alex Howard (Arkansas State) blasted a three-run home run to left to put the Bombers up 4-3.
The Woodchucks wouldn’t lie down. They led off the bottom of the second with five-straight singles which scored three runs. The Woodchucks regained the lead, 6-4. In the third, JD Mundy (Virginia Tech) singled, but he was stranded. The ‘Chucks garnered two more hits off Battle Creek starter Jake Hawken (University of Portland) to add one more run to their lead, 7-4. Battle Creek would go in order in the fourth and fifth innings, while Wisconsin got hits but wouldn’t score. These were the only two innings that the Woodchucks would be scoreless. Left-handed reliever Alex Smith (University of Memphis) came in and got the two outs necessary in the fourth, and allowed one hit and one walk in the fifth but got out of the jam.
A leadoff double for the Woodchucks in the sixth lead to a one-run inning and an 8-4 advantage. The seventh and eighth innings saw two runs a piece cross home plate off six base hits for a 12-4 Woodchucks command. Battle Creek would go in order in the ninth to finish the game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
He is Fourteen, Going on Fifteen…
Nick Walker (Austin Peay) extended his hit streak to fifteen games tonight with a single in the second inning. It remains the longest streak for any Bomber this summer. He’s batting .407 (24-59) with 12 RBI, 1 HR, 5 doubles and 9 runs scored.
Howard hit his fourth homer of the year and third at Athletic Park. The Albuquerque, New Mexico native has a hit in his last five consecutive games, and a hit in 26 of his 30 games played. Howard recorded his fifth multi-RBI game and third three-RBI game.
Stoffel Being Stoffel
Stoffel has recorded three hits and an RBI in his last three games
Battle Creek will continue their four-game road trip tomorrow at the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. This will be Battle Creek’s first visit to Witter Field this summer. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 CT. Jake Hromada will have the call on the Bomber Radio Network ten minutes prior to first pitch.
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