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Woodchucks hang on against Bullfrogs, 4-3.

 

Woodchucks hang on against Bullfrogs, 4-3.

Wausau, WIS – The Wisconsin Woodchucks hung on to beat the Green Bay Bullfrogs as the Woodchucks’ bullpen got out of multiple jams extending their winning streak to five games.

The back end of the Woodchucks’ (15-7) bullpen got out of multiple jams to finish the game and extend the Woodchucks’ win streak to five games. The Bullfrogs (10-14) had the tying run on third base with one out in the eighth inning, but Austin Tribby stranded the runner at third base.

Jon Oltman came into the ninth inning in a save situation and the tying run reached second base. Just like Tribby, Oltman got out of the jam to record his third save of the season.

The Bullfrogs struck first in the top of the second inning when Dane Hutcheon hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to right field bringing in Dean Long on the play giving them an early 1-0 lead.

The Woodchucks’ bats were held quiet until the bottom of the fourth inning when Paul DeJong hit his Northwoods League leading seventh home run of the year to tie the game at one.

The Woodchucks took advantage of a Bullfrog error to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. A chopper to second base by Jake Scudder was misplayed by Hutcheon gave the Woodchucks a 2-1 lead. With the bases loaded, Kevin Connolly came in to pinch hit and he delivered with a single to right-center field bringing Jake Jefferies. Tyler Stieb then drove in the Woodchucks third run of the inning on a grounder to short stop giving the Woodchucks an important run.

Stieb’s RBI was crucial as the Bullfrogs plated two runners in the top of the seventh inning. Brian Celsi hit a two-run double to off the left field wall shortening the Woodchucks’ lead to 4-3.

The Woodchucks will play the Lakeshore Chinooks tomorrow night at Athletic Park. This is a crucial series for the Woodchuck and Chinooks as both teams are tied for the South Division lead. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm.

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwood’s League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwood’s 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 115 Northwood’s League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwood’s League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit woodchucks.com.