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DeJong’s home run helps Woodchucks slide past Kingfish, 4-2.

 

Wausau, WIS – Paul DeJong’s go-ahead three run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning helped the Wisconsin Woodchucks defeat the Kenosha Kingfish 4-2, in a battle for the final playoff spot in the South Division.

With the Woodchucks trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Paul DeJong used a little birthday magic of his own to blast a three-run home run giving the Woodchucks a 3-1 lead.

The two run lead would be all the Woodchucks’ pitching staff needed in this contest. The Woodchucks’ bullpen combination of Parker Dunshee, Tim McElroy, and Austin Tribby pitched four scoreless innings. Tribby made the ninth a nail-biter as he loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Alex Dunlap flew out to center field to end the game.

The Woodchucks and Kingfish are in a battle for the second playoff spot in the South Division of the Northwoods League. The Woodchucks now hold a one game advantage over the Kingfish which should be an entertaining final week of the regular season.

The Woodchucks and Kingfish will finish their two-game series tomorrow night for the final home regular season game at Athletic Park. First pitch is set for 5:05.

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.