Loggers Back to Winning Ways with Walk Off
With one swing of the bat, Jack Meggs' (Washington) walk off home run Friday night is the type of the play that the La Crosse Loggers are hoping can turn their season around. Meggs hit a walk off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to seal a 6-5 victory over the Willmar Stingers from Copeland Park and snap a seven game losing streak for the Lumbermen.
The Loggers fell behind 5-2 as starter, Adam Cline (Columbia), had to battle through 4.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned), on six hits, while walking three, and striking out five.
The Loggers would begin their rally in the bottom of the sixth when Nick Kanavas (Arizona) hit a sacrifice fly to center field. In the seventh catcher Brandon Wessels (Buena Vista) would blast his first home run of the season in the form of a solo shot to inch the Loggers within one run.
Relievers Connor Baits (UC-Santa Barbara) and Jacob Dorris (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) would do a tremendous job of slamming the door on the Stingers after Cline would exit. The two combined to pitch 4.2 innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out five.
In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Knapp (California) who earlier hit his second home run of the season, would reach on an error. Two batters later Meggs blasted his second homer of the season to send the 3,461 Copeland Crazies home happy.
Now the Loggers are still 7.5 GB in the South Division's second half race, but assuming the first place Lakeshore Chinooks can hold their four game lead, the last playoff spot would come down to the next best overall record, since Lakeshore would win both halves. La Crosse is just four games behind Wisconsin for second best overall record in the South Division with two weeks to play.
The Loggers and Stingers will conclude their two-game series Sunday evening at Copeland Park with first pitch set for 5:05.