Jared Oliva Two-Run Homer Not Enough for Woodchucks at Kapco Park
Wausau, WIS- After losing 6-2 Sunday, the Wisconsin Woodchucks lost a tight ballgame 4-3 to the Lakeshore Chinooks at Kapco Park Monday night.
The Chinooks grabbed the first lead once again, this time on a two-run homer from Doug Kraeger in the bottom of the first inning. Lakeshore scored again in the third after Jake Romano reached on a dropped strike three and Kyle Fiala doubled him in.
The second triple of the series came from Jake Romano in the fifth. Fiala followed with a single, plating Romano and making it a 4-0 Chinooks lead.
Wisconsin crossed their first run in the seventh, when LJ Hatch led off with a double. A pair of fielder’s choices moved Hatch home to get the Chucks on the board.
The Chucks cut it to a one-run game in the eighth. Jared Oliva blasted a two-run bomb well beyond the left field fence.
Wisconsin then threatened in the ninth. Back-to-back singles from Al Molina and Albee Weiss put two on with just one out. However, Sterling Koerner induced a strikeout and a fly out to end the ballgame.
Kaylor Chafin started for the Woodchucks and delivered six innings on the mound. He gave up just three earned runs and five hits while striking out five in his best outing of the season thus far.
The Woodchucks return home Tuesday to face the Battle Creek Bombers at 6:35 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.