Starting pitcher Robby Medel fired six strong innings and was aided from great defensive play and an efficient offense as the Woodchucks defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs, 6-2, Wednesday night at Joannes Stadium.
Medel pitched into the seventh inning for the Woodchucks (14-7), who won their eleventh game in their last twelve tries, remaining atop the Northwoods league South division standings.
Green Bay (10-13) struck first in the ballgame, scoring a run in the first on left fielder Ryan Koziol’s sacrifice fly. However, Wisconsin would score the next four runs of the game.
The Chucks tied the game at 1-1 when center fielder Tyler Stieb singled home shortstop C.J. Chatham, who doubled leading off the third inning.
First baseman Brendon Hayden led off the Chucks’ half of the fourth with a walk, and was promptly sent to third on a single to right from right fielder Nick Banks. With runners at the corners, left fielder Jake Jeffries sent a deep sac fly to right, giving the Woodchucks a 2-1 advantage. Chatham’s second double of the day resulted in another run as Wisconsin took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning.
With two outs and no one on in the sixth inning, designated hitter Jake Scudder blasted his first homerun of the year, giving the Chucks a 4-1 led.
Green Bay tallied a single run in the seventh, as did the Chucks in both the eighth and ninth innings, courtesy of a Scudder RBI-double and a sacrifice fly from second baseman Nate Mondou. That gave the Chucks a 6-2 lead, a lead that closer Max Ising would hold on to.
Medel, who benefited from three slick defensive plays at third from Paul DeJong throughout his outing, improved to 1-0 with the victory, while the loss went to Bullfrogs’ right-hander Ethan Rosebeck, who fell to 1-2.
The Woodchucks are back in action Thursday in the finale of this home-and-home series with the Bullfrogs. First pitch from Athletic Park is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. You can hear the game on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9