Woodchucks Defeat League-Leading Pit Spitters At Home

WAUSAU, WI – After splitting a two-game series in Traverse City last week, the Wisconsin Woodchucks broke their season series tie with the Pit Spitters tonight. The Woodchucks beat the team with the best overall record in the Northwoods League by a final score of 2-0.


The Woodchucks return home from the All-Star Break began smoothly with an impressive performance from Jose Varela. The starting pitcher went six scoreless innings. He only allowed two hits. Varela walked three and struck out two.


The Woodchucks scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning when center fielder Brandon Seltzer knocked in Kaeber Rog with an RBI single to center field. This gave the Woodchucks a 1-0 lead. That lead was given another run in the eighth inning after TJ Reeves drove in Adam Frank with an RBI single. This gave the Woodchucks the 2-0 lead that they carried into the late innings.


Relief pitcher Jahmon Taylor pitched the seventh and eighth inning for the Woodchucks. He set up the opportunity for closer Lenny Gwizdala to shut the door on the Pit Spitters. Gwizdala earned his fourth save of the season and secured a collective scoreless outing from the Woodchucks pitchers.


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Starting pitcher Jose Varela went six scoreless innings. He only allowed two hits. Varela walked three and struck out two.


Brandon Seltzer and TJ Reeves did not cool off over the All-Star Break. Both hitters drove in a run tonight.


Next Up


The Wisconsin Woodchucks will round out their two-game home series against the Traverse City Pit Spitters tomorrow on Friday, July 19th. Gates will open at 5:35 PM and first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM. There will be a Post-Game Firework Show Presented By Time Federal Savings Bank! For tickets, call us at 715.845.5055, stop by our front office, or visit



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 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.