Woodchucks firing on all cylinders as they defeat Green Bay, 6-2
Starting pitcher Robby Medel fired six strong innings and was aided from great defensive play and an efficient offense as the Woodchucks defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs, 6-2, Wednesday night at Joannes Stadium.
Medel pitched into the seventh inning for the Woodchucks (14-7), who won their eleventh game in their last twelve tries, remaining atop the Northwoods league South division standings.
Green Bay (10-13) struck first in the ballgame, scoring a run in the first on left fielder Ryan Koziol’s sacrifice fly. However, Wisconsin would score the next four runs of the game.
The Chucks tied the game at 1-1 when center fielder Tyler Stieb singled home shortstop C.J. Chatham, who doubled leading off the third inning.
First baseman Brendon Hayden led off the Chucks’ half of the fourth with a walk, and was promptly sent to third on a single to right from right fielder Nick Banks. With runners at the corners, left fielder Jake Jeffries sent a deep sac fly to right, giving the Woodchucks a 2-1 advantage. Chatham’s second double of the day resulted in another run as Wisconsin took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning.
With two outs and no one on in the sixth inning, designated hitter Jake Scudder blasted his first homerun of the year, giving the Chucks a 4-1 led.
Green Bay tallied a single run in the seventh, as did the Chucks in both the eighth and ninth innings, courtesy of a Scudder RBI-double and a sacrifice fly from second baseman Nate Mondou. That gave the Chucks a 6-2 lead, a lead that closer Max Ising would hold on to.
Medel, who benefited from three slick defensive plays at third from Paul DeJong throughout his outing, improved to 1-0 with the victory, while the loss went to Bullfrogs’ right-hander Ethan Rosebeck, who fell to 1-2.
The Woodchucks are back in action Thursday in the finale of this home-and-home series with the Bullfrogs. First pitch from Athletic Park is scheduled for 7:05 P.M.
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