Woodchucks Lose 11-9 to Growlers After Giving up Five Runs in Ninth
Wausau, WIS- The Wisconsin Woodchucks had a 9-6 lead going to the ninth inning at Athletic Park Wednesday, but the Kalamazoo Growlers scored five runs in the ninth to win 11-9.
Jared Oliva had a big first game as a Woodchuck, recording five hits – two singles, two doubles and one grand slam – in the loss.
Max Ponzurick also hit his fifth home run of the season, a three-run bomb, which put the Chucks up 9-4 in the sixth inning.
The Growlers opened up the ninth with a walk, a strikeout and a single before Justin Fletcher tied the ballgame with a three-run homer. One batter later, Nick Yarnall hit one out of the park, setting up Kalamazoo for the two-run victory.
The Woodchucks and Growlers face off again tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. at Athletic Park.
The WISCONSIN WOODCHUCKS are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwood’s League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwood’s League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.woodchucks.com.