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Woodchucks win final home game with walk off, Athletic Park renovation starts soon

Wausau's Athletic Park grandstand and bleachers, taken after Woodchucks final home game 8/4/13 before the stadium renovation project.
Wausau's Athletic Park grandstand and bleachers, taken after Woodchucks final home game 8/4/13 before the stadium renovation project.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU-Woodchucks) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks walked off on the Green Bay Bullfrogs 6-5, as Rob Bennie hit his second walk-off hit of the season in the last home game of the regular season at Athletic Park.

With two outs and the winning run on third, Rob Bennie took the first pitch he saw in his at-bat and lined it into right field to bring home Edgar Figueroa as the Woodchucks walked off on the Bullfrogs in their final home regular season game of the season. Bennie hit a walk-off home run earlier in the season for his first walk-off hit of the season.

The Bullfrogs struck first in the top of the first inning as they used back-to-back solo home runs from both Bryant Burleson and Nick Torres to give them an early 2-0 lead. The Bullfrogs extended their lead to three in the top of the second inning after Jimmy Coady came into score when Tom Sawyer’s fly ball to left field was deep enough to plate Coady.

The Woodchucks responded in the bottom of the second inning as Wausau native Dylan Detert hit a double down the right field line that plated Ryan Gerber and Mike Mierow to trail the Bullfrogs 3-2. The next run wasn’t scored until the bottom of the fifth inning when Ryan Gerber singled through the left side of the infield to score Rob Bennie for the Woodchucks to even up the score 3-3.

The Woodchucks used their fifth unanswered run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. Tell Taylor hit a double into the right-center field gap that scored Figueroa on the play to give the Woodchucks the lead. Then, Taylor came into score when Trevin Sonnier’s wild throw to first base allowed him to come in from third base to give the Woodchucks an important insurance run leading 5-3.

The Bullfrogs cut the deficit to one when the Woodchucks traded two outs for a run when Jose Godinez grounded into a double play that allowed Tripp Martin to score in the top of the eighth inning. A double to right-center field by Robert Youngdahl allowed the tying run into score in the top of the ninth inning. Austin Orewiler limited the damage as he struck out the last two batters in the inning to close the door as the Bullfrogs had the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on third base. The ninth inning heroics then followed when the Woodchucks came up to bat.

The Woodchucks will be on the road for the remaining seven games of the season. Their road trip will begin Monday night when they travel to Green Bay to finish their two-game series with the Bullfrogs. You can listen to the Woodchucks on Fox Sports Wausau WRIG 1390 AM and 93.9 FM.

While the ballclub is on the road, the home crew will be moving Woodchucks merchandise and supplies to their Washington Square offices, to allow for the major Athletic Park renovation project that starts with demolition of the present bleachers and grandstand in about one week. Woodchucks Team Owner Mark Macdonald says the project is both exciting and scary. He says the historic wall will be about all that is left after demolition.