Chucks Land Commanding Win Over Mallards
Wausau, Wisc. – The Wausau Woodchucks (1-2) hold off the Madison Mallards (1-2) to earn their first victory of the second half of the season. The Chucks established dominance early in the 1st inning and held tight to earn a win with a final score of 8-6.
The Chucks got off to a blazing hot start in the bottom of the 1st inning, with Brent Widder (Evansville) and Hunter Dorraugh (San Jose State) each hitting singles to get on base, followed by Mark Shallenberger (Evansville) hammering a deep triple to right field to drive in the first two runs of the game. Zach Levenson (Miami) launched a bomb of a home run to left field, plating two more runs for the Woodchucks to start the game off being four runs over the Mallards.
The Mallards attempted to get something going in the top of the 2nd by scoring one run, but had the door slammed in their face by Chucks pitcher Dawson Lane (Florida Southern) and some strong fielding. Widder and Dorraugh both hit singles again in the bottom of the 2nd, setting the scene for Shallenberger to blast a home run over center field and bring in three more runs for the Chucks, giving them a commanding 7-1 lead over the Mallards.
Lane held the Mallards to only two hits through 4 innings before being relieved by Nick Marshall (West Texas A&M) during the 5th inning. The Mallards scored two runs in the 5th to try to threaten Woodchucks lead, and added another in the top of the 6th inning. Ben Abernathy (West Virginia) scored the Woodchuck’s eighth run on a bases loaded walk by Levenson in the bottom of the 6th inning, regaining the distance on their lead over the Mallards.
Madison scored two more in the 7th inning, trying to pick up some ground on the ever dominant Woodchucks, but the Mallards went quietly into the night with a 1-2-3 inning to end the game in the 9th.
The Woodchucks will return to Athletic Park tomorrow, July 9th at 6:05pm to take on the Madison Mallards again. Tomorrow’s game is another Festival Foods Family Four Pack Night – $45 (plus Wisc. sales tax) includes four tickets to the game, four brats, and four sodas! Tickets can be purchased online at https://wausau-woodchucks.nwltickets.com/ or by calling 715.845.5055.
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