WAUSAU, WI – Once the rain went away, the Wisconsin Woodchucks could not be stopped. The Woodchucks offense started hot and stayed hot by hitting five home runs and scoring 13 runs. The final score was 13-3 with the Woodchucks reigning victorious over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
The Woodchucks scored in each of the first five innings. In the first inning, Byron Murray led the scoring off with a solo home run. The Chucks added on two more runs in the first after a runner scored on a passed ball and Alec Arnone hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Kenny Rodriguez. The Chucks left the first inning with a 3-0 lead.
The scoring continued in the second inning when Cameron Swanger scored on a sacrifice fly from Byron Murray. TJ Reeves knocked in Brandon Seltzer with an RBI single. Reeves then scored after Kaeber Rog knocked him in with an RBI single. The Chucks left the second inning with a 6-0 lead.
Another home run was hit by the Woodchucks in the third inning when Cameron Swanger hit a solo home run to left field that gave the Woodchucks a 7-0 lead. This was Swanger’s first home run of the year.
The Woodchucks scored five runs in the fourth inning. The runs were scored off the bats of Brandon Seltzer, Alec Arnone, and Santino Miozzi. Seltzer hit his fourth home run of the year and Miozzi hit his first of the year. The Woodchucks left the fourth inning with a 12-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Byron Murray hit his second home run of the game and sixth of the year. This gave the Woodchucks a commanding 13-0 lead. The Rafters managed to score three late inning runs that led to a final score of 13-3 with the Woodchucks celebrating an impressive offensive outing. The two teams will play once again tomorrow at Athletic Park at 6:35 PM.
Third baseman Byron Murray went 3-4 with three RBI and three runs. Murray hit two home runs and now leads the team with six.
Trey Horton made his second start on the mound for the Woodchucks. He pitched eight innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits. Horton walked two and struck out five. The Georgia State University product entered the ninth and came close to pitching a complete game until he reached the maximum pitch count of 110.
First baseman Santino Miozzi 2-4 with 3 RBI and one run. Miozzi hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning.
Designated hitter Cameron Swanger went 3-5 with one RBI and two runs. Swanger hit his first home run of the year.
Left fielder TJ Reeves went 3-3 with one RBI and three runs.
The Woodchucks will round out their four-game homestand tomorrow on Friday, June 28th against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. It will be 90’s theme night and there will be post game fireworks, presented by North Star Mohican Casino Resort. Bring out your best 90’s outfits to the ballpark and enjoy post-game fireworks set to 90’s jams! First pitch will be thrown at 6:35 PM and gates will open one hour before. For tickets, call us at 715.845.5055, stop by our front office, or visit woodchucks.com.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Woodchucks as your favorite team.