Green Bay looks to punch ticket to Northwoods League Championship Wednesday night
Traverse City, Mich.- The Green Bay Rockers are set to take on the Traverse City Pit Spitters Wednesday night in the Northwoods League Great Lakes Championship Game, with first pitch from Turtle Creek Stadium set for 6:05 p.m. CT.
The Rockers will look to secure a spot in the Northwoods League Championship with a win Wednesday, after coming off a series sweep to the Madison Mallards in the sub-divisional round of the playoffs, with the two-game sweep being capped by a two-run walk-off homer from Kendal Ewell (Illinois-Chicago) Monday night at Capital Credit Union Park.
Ewell led the way with two homers in all Monday night, while Cooper Kelly (Kansas) tacked on an RBI double to hand the Rockers the 5-4 victory over the Mallards in front of a ruckus crowd in Ashwaubenon.
Sam Polk (Washington University-St Louis) added three hits himself Monday to round out the Rockers offense and was one of the two winning runs scored on Ewell’s walk-off bomb to right, helping secure the sub-divisional series sweep of Madison to start out the Rockers title run.
Three Green Bay pitchers threw Monday with Maddox Long (Harding University) throwing the first five innings, and Jacob Faulkner (Princeton) and Henry Chabot (Chapman) pitching the last four innings while giving up just one combined earned run to help keep Green Bay in the ballgame down the stretch.
As for the pitching matchup for the Great Lakes Championship, the Rockers will start Kyle Stoddard (Missouri Southern St) who in the regular season threw 16 times as this will also be his 10th start in all in 2023.
Stoddard also posts a 3.71 ERA with 58 strikeouts and just 21 walks allowed, with this appearance being his second at Turtle Creek Stadium after pitching in the Great Lakes All-Star Game back on July 25.
The Pit Spitters will start Josh Lanham (Lenoir-Rhyne University) who finished the regular season with a 2-1 record and a 5.79 ERA with 13 walks and 31 strikeouts recorded, with Wednesday’s game being his eighth total appearance on the season.
The winner of this game will play in the Northwoods League Championship Game against the St. Cloud Rox, with first pitch set for Friday at Joe Faber Field. The Rox recently defeated the La Crosse Loggers Monday night 9-8 to secure their spot in the title game.
Visit www.greenbayrockers.com or call the ticket office at 920-497-7225 to reserve your seats today. The Rockers front office and Team Apparel Fan Shop at Capital Credit Union Park are located at 2231 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm.
The Green Bay Rockers 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. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 325 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.greenbayrockers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rockers as your favorite team.