Martinez, Oliva, Janca stand out
Wausau, WI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks (28-32, 15-10 Second Half) topped the Kalamazoo Growlers (30-31, 10-15 Second Half), 15-7, Tuesday at Athletic Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Javier Martinez (College of DuPage) picked up five hits, including a double and a home run, with four runs scored and three RBI. Martinez has gone 8-for-9 in his last two games, crushing three homers and driving in 10 runs. He has 16 RBI in seven games since returning to the 'Chucks.
Martinez's five-hit game is the ninth in the Northwoods League this season, the most recent two of which have been collected by Woodchucks. Steele Walker (Oklahoma), the NWL's leader in batting average, went 5-for-5 against Lakeshore on July 22 when he extended his hitting streak to a Woodchucks franchise-record 20 games.
George Janca (Texas A&M) added three hits of his own with two runs scored and two RBI. Marquise Doherty (Missouri) had four hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored.
Connor Heady (Kentucky) crushed a solo homer to left in the fifth inning — he and Martinez went back-to-back after Martinez's three-run shot — and scored three runs on the night.
For the second straight game, every Woodchuck in the starting lineup reached base by the sixth inning.
Scott Parker (San Francisco) got the win. It was his seventh, tied for the NWL lead.
The win vaults the 'Chucks to just a half-game back of the Second Half South Division lead behind Wisconsin Rapids.
The 'Chucks are back at Athletic Park tomorrow (Wednesday, August 3rd) to play the second of this two-game set against Kalamazoo and of the six-game homestand, which runs through August 7th. The Human Canonball will be at Athletic Park for tomorrow's game. Order your tickets today by calling 715.845.5055
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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.