By Sedric Granger
Wausau, WI – The Wausau Woodchucks (28-23, 8-8) defeated the Battle Creek Battle Jacks (20-32, 10-8) in eight innings at Wausau Athletics Park, 8-3.
For a majority of the game, the Battle Jacks and Woodchucks were deadlocked at two runs a piece. Battle Creek got on the board with a two-RBI single from Spencer Verburg (Central Michigan), driving in Blake McRae (Eastern Michigan) and Jay Adams (Concordia). Wausau scored a single run in the 1st and 3rd innings to deadlock the game.
From the 4th inning until the 7th inning, the two teams were at a stalemate. Anthony Aloisio (Davenport) shined out of the bullpen, yielding just a single run in three and two thirds innings of work. Aloisio’s versatility as both a batter and a pitcher has been a major asset to the Blue and White throughout the second half of the season.
After the Woodchucks took the lead in the prior frame, the Battle Jacks answered in the top of the 8th inning. Verburg delivered his third RBI of the day on a single, scoring Brock Daniels (Missouri) to tie the game, 3-3.
Unfortunately for the dogs, the game went downhill once the rain started falling. The sloppy conditions not only induced some fielding errors by Battle Creek but also affected the pitchers ability to find the strike zone. Wausau pounced on the opportunity by tacking on five runs to take the lead, 8-3. When the rain showers became thunderstorms, the game was officially called after eight innings.
Despite the loss, the Battle Jacks still won the three game series against the Woodchucks two games to one. The all-time season series between the two teams are tied at 54-54. Battle Creek will look to bounce back against Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday.
The Battle Creek Battle Jacks 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’ 27th 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 250 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 (WAS), 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 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.battlejacksbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set Battle Creek as your favorite team.