WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU-Woodchucks) After an 8-0 lead by the Woodchucks, the Bullfrogs came within two runs in the eighth inning putting the ‘Chucks in a high-pressure situation. Regardless how tight of a spot, once again Jackson Lowery came in and struck out the first two batters, and got a groundout to end the game as the Woodchucks sweep the Bullfrogs 9-7.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks broke out in the first inning when Brendon Hayden belted a two run homerun to right field putting the ‘Chucks on top 2-0, his first homer since June 20th when he towered a grand slam against the La Crosse Loggers.
Another dose of offence fed the Green Bay Bullfrogs when Mike Bernal lined to left-center field, bringing around Brooks Braga for an RBI single to increase the lead to three in the second inning.
Everything was working for the Woodchucks through three innings. An early four run lead, including a two run homer, and two RBI single’s eased the pressure offensively, and six strikeouts by pitcher, Austin Stadler helped the Woodchucks hold the lead on defense.
Stadler would pitch three complete innings, striking out six, and allowed zero runs in his seventh appearance this year.
The Woodchucks would strike again in a big way in the third inning when Joe Serrano singled down the third baseline into left field, scoring Eric Filia- Snyder from third base.
Another run came through in the third inning, when a bases loaded walk, allowed Jacob Jelmini to stroll in for the fifth run of the night as the Bullfrogs began to fade away. Brad McKewon contributed to the lead when he grounded out to a fielder’s choice scoring Joe Serrano with bases loaded to make it a 6-0 game.
Seven runs by the bottom of the third inning would pile in for the Woodchucks as a double steal would score the seventh run when Nate Irving broke for home as Brad McKewon tried for second. McKewon however, would end the inning trying to stretch his stolen base to third and was gunned out by catcher Taylor Petersen.
Hayden would assist the Woodchucks with another RBI in the fourth inning, grounding out to first base allowing Madison Carter to score for the eighth Woodchuck run of the night.
The Bullfrogs however, loaded the bases in the fifth inning, with two consecutive singles by Collin Shaw, and David Armendariz, followed by two consecutive walks allowed Shaw to walk in for the Bullfrogs first run of the night.
Another run crossed for the Bullfrogs as Jason McMurray grounded out to shortstop Mike Bernal, as Chris Hoo closed the deficit to six in the fifth inning.
In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Brad McKewon sent a hard groundball into the gap, bringing around Joe Serrano for the reestablished seven run game. McKewon would test his luck stealing second base and was caught out ending the inning.
Although the Woodchucks bats were hot, the defense in the sixth inning began to fall apart, committing three consecutive errors in a row, loaded the bases for the Bullfrogs with no outs. But Ben Burke struck back, saving extra runs and carved out three straight batters to end the side keeping the score at 9-2.
In the seventh inning though, Josh Merrill came in to relieve Ben Burke and walked the lead off batter Justin Seager, followed by a single by Jason McMurray, a double by Taylor Petersen, and a third single by Mac Acker to score two runs in as the Bullfrogs began to close the gap.
Then with Alex Abrams at the plate, a two run shot tightened the Woodchucks lead to just three, as the Bullfrogs put up four runs in the seventh inning making it a 9-6 game.
Chevas Numata came into relieve, and immediately got down to work striking out Collin Shaw, and got David Armendariz to fly out to center field to end the inning.
The game would get a bit more interesting when Numata left a ball in the zone to Justin Seager, and Seager took one deep on a solo shot to left field to close the gap to just two runs after being down by eight runs, as the Bullfrogs crept back into Saturday night’s game.
To the top of the ninth the game went, Jackson Lowery stepped in, in attempt to push the Woodchucks into another home victory.
Lowery struck out lead off batter Taylor Petersen, then went ahead and got Alex Abrams chasing on a full count, leaving Collin Shaw at the plate. With a 0-2 count, Shaw grounded to second base and received the third and final out of the ball game, as the Woodchucks walk away with a 9-7 victory, their 16th consecutive win at home.