FINAL: ‘Chucks win fifth straight
Heady, Walker, Imperato lead 'Chucks to first win in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, MI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks (25-29, 12-7 Second Half) topped the Kalamazoo Growlers (29-26, 9-10 Second Half), 9-7, in a slugfest Thursday at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to win their fifth straight game.
Connor Heady (Kentucky) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored. Steele Walker (Oklahoma) added a leadoff homer in his 3-for-4 night.
Steve Passatempo (UMass Lowell), Stevie Mangrum (Virginia Tech) and Chad Fleischman (Lamar) also pitched in two hits apiece.
Michael Imperato (Brookdale CC/Lynn) got the win, throwing three scoreless innings of relief while striking out three and allowing just one hit.
Gordon Cardenas (Auburn) collected his 10th save of the season, recording the final five outs in order with a pair of strikeouts.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Woodchucks as your favorite team.