Rejuvenated Woodchuck Bats Carry Them to 12-6 Victory Over Bombers
Wausau, WIS- The Wisconsin Woodchucks’ offense returned to form Tuesday, as they totaled 14 hits and 12 runs to beat the Battle Creek Bombers by six runs and end their four-game losing streak.
After scoring just five runs in two games against the Lakeshore Chinooks, the Chucks amassed seven runs in the first inning Tuesday. Wisconsin got 7 hits and the Bombers committed two errors, leading to the seven runs. Ian Yetsko capped off the scoring in the first with a three-run homer to center field.
The second and third innings would go scoreless before Battle Creek crossed one run in the fourth. Dre Gleason singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, Matt Simmons doubled him in to make it 7-3.
Simon Mathews, who got the start for the Chucks, would exit the game with Wisconsin still holding that 7-3 lead. Mathews allowed six hits and three runs – just one of them earned – in six innings on the hill.
The Wisconsin offense added plenty of insurance in the sixth. Ian Yetsko and Nick Gotta walked. Then, Jared Oliva was hit in the helmet by a pitch. He exited the game, and Taylor Kohlwey replaced him on the base paths with the bases loaded. Ryan Howard then delivered a two-RBI double and the Chucks proceeded to add two more, making it 11-3.
Battle Creek scored a trio of runs in the seventh, but the Woodchucks responded with one run in the bottom of the inning as Kohlwey singled in Ian Yetsko, who had reached on a walk.
Robert Zeigler would come in, pitch the final two innings for the Woodchucks and strike out five Bombers to put the finishing touches on a 12-6 Wisconsin victory.
The Woodchucks and Bombers will play again tomorrow 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.