Worth the Wait: Woodchucks blow out Kenosha in Game One, 12-0
A dominant performance on the mound from southpaw Kaylor Chafin and five RBIs from third baseman Paul DeJong led the Woodchucks to a 12-0 victory over the Kenosha Kingfish in Game One of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Simmons Field.
In a game that was suspended on June 10th due to rain, the Woodchucks (3-2) picked up right where they left off. The game resumed with Wisconsin leading 5-0 with runners at first and second and one out in the top of the fourth, and the Chucks wasted no time in padding their lead. After second baseman Eric Garza singled to center, DeJong came up with the bases loaded.
DeJong picked on a 2-0 fastball from Kenosha (3-2) righty Callahan Brown and lined an opposite field grand slam over the right field wall. DeJong, who leads the Northwoods League with 11 homeruns, would tack on an RBI double later in the ballgame, giving him five runs batted in for the day.
Chafin, who improved to 1-1 with the victory, fired six shutout innings for the victory, surrendering just five hits while striking out one and walking one. Woodchucks’ center fielder Jake Jefferies was the only other Wisconsin hitter with a multi-hit effort, tallying two on the game.
The Woodchucks are back in action in Game Two of the doubleheader with Kenosha, with first pitch from Simmons field coming at approximately 5:10 P.M.
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.