Four Homers Power Chucks Past Rockers
ASHWAUBENON, WI – The Wausau Woodchucks (16-16) used four home runs to overcome the Green Bay Rockers (10-22) in an 11-6 victory at Capital Credit Union Park Thursday night.
Under skipper Corey Thompson, the Woodchucks are now 19-1 in their last 20 meetings with Green Bay.
What some thought would be a pitcher’s duel between Woodchucks starter Aidan Major (West Virginia) and Green Bay’s Dylan Carter turned into a slugfest early. Both starters entered the game with a sub-2 ERA but were hit hard.
The Woodchucks scored two runs in the top of the first but surrendered three in the home half. Brent Widder (Evansville) led off with one of the three doubles he would hit in the game, scoring on a throwing error drawn by Hunter Dorraugh (San Jose State).
Zach Levenson (Miami) evened the score with a solo shot to left-center field, his second of the summer. Just two batters later, Collin Reuter (BYU) hit a go-ahead blast to right field, his first as a Woodchuck.
Major kept the Rockers in check until the fifth, when Green Bay used a two-run homer to take a 5-4 lead.
But in the seventh, the Woodchucks rallied to score three runs that would ultimately decide the game. After Widder doubled, Dorraugh drove him in with an RBI single off of the right field video wall. Mark Shallenberger (Evansville) came up next, launching a home run to the right field corner to put Wausau ahead 7-5.
The Chucks added insurance runs in the eighth on another run-scoring single by Shallenberger, who is now hitting a team-best .309 this summer.
In the ninth, Ryan Sepede (BYU) crushed his third homer of the season, a no-doubter that landed over the left-field lawn.
Trevor Ernt (San Jose State) improved his record to 2-0 with two-plus innings of middle relief Thursday night. The lefty allowed just two hits and one run.
His college teammate Carter Heninger (San Jose State) fired two scoreless innings to slam the door, keeping his ERA at a clean 0.00 over 18 innings as a Woodchuck.
In the win, the Woodchucks matched a season-high 13 hits – recorded by eight different players in the lineup. All nine players reached base, and seven of them drove in at least one run in the series-sweeping victory.
For the next four games, the Woodchucks will play against Great Lakes East division foes in Michigan. They’ll take on the Traverse City Pit Spitters at 6:05 p.m. central tomorrow night – part of a two-game series there before traveling to Kalamazoo and wrapping up the first half on the road against the Growlers.
The Woodchucks return home on July 7th for a five game homestand. We’ll kick it off with a visit from The Amazing Tyler’s Balancing Act, followed by 90’s Night and Post-Game Fireworks presented by Cellcom and Northstar Mohican Casino Resort on Friday July 8th. The fun continues with games Saturday, July 9th through Monday, July 11th. Bark in the Park, presented by Fleet Farm returns to Athletic Park on Sunday, July 10th. Information and tickets for all upcoming Woodchucks games can be found at woodchucks.com