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Woodchucks flirt with history defeat Huskies, 7-1.

 

Wausau, WIS – The Wisconsin Woodchucks took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and capitalized on sloppy play from the Duluth Huskies to win 7-1.

The Woodchucks (8-6) pitching staff flirted with history as the Huskies (4-10) didn’t find their first hit until the top of the eighth inning when Vinnie Rodriguez broke up the no-hitter and shutout in one swing of the bat which was a home run that barely stayed fair down the left field line.

A pair of Husky errors loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning and Jack Klages drew a walk to bring in a runner to give the Woodchucks a 1-0 lead.

The Woodchucks added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Troy Traxler came into score when Ka’ai Tom hit a sacrifice fly deep enough.

In the next inning, the Woodchucks added two more runs. The first came from a home run from Woodchucks’ first baseman Brendon Hayden. Traxler then drove in Nick Banks on a single to right field.

The Woodchucks added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to distance themselves from the Huskies.

The Woodchucks extend their winning streak to five games and complete an undefeated home stand in which they went 4-0.

The Woodchucks travel to Kenosha to face the Kingfish, who are in their inaugural season in the Northwoods League. The Woodchucks will return to Athletic Park on Thursday, June 12 to take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm.

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwood’s League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwood’s League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 115 Northwood’s League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwood’s League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit woodchucks.com.