by Bryon Graff
WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Woodchucks fail to push a run across as they split a two game series with the visiting La Crosse, 6-0.
Wisconsin heads to Duluth for games Wednesday and Thursday before returning to Athletic Park Friday night.
Jim Gantner, who managed the Woodchucks in 2007 and '09, was in attendance. He's the team's director of baseball operation. You can see TV9's interview with the Brewers great on this website.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
‘Chucks Split Series With Loggers
WAUSAU, WI - June 2, 2009 - (stats) The Wisconsin Woodchucks (2-4) were able to pound out eight hits but were unable to push a run across as they were defeated by the La Crosse Loggers (4-2) by a final score of 6-0 Tuesday night at Athletic Park.
It was a pitcher's duel early on as Wisconsin's Jonas Dufek (Creighton) and La Crosse's Aaron Gates (Pepperdine) cruised through the first five innings. Dufek finally ran into trouble when the Loggers scored three runs in the sixth all of which on two outs, highlighted by a two-run single by Lucas Kephart (Sacramento CC).
The Loggers put up three more runs in the top of the eighth, as they were able to capitalize on a pair of ‘Chucks errors and go on to win from there.
Dufek took the loss for the Woodchucks after going seven innings while giving up five hits and three runs while striking out 10. Gates went six shutout innings for the Loggers, scattering six hits while striking out eight and walking none.
Chad Wright (Kentucky) and Jeremy Richter (UW-Stevens Point) led the way again offensively for the ‘Chucks as they each turned in two hits. Austin Knight (Dallas Baptist) had two hits and two RBI's to lead the way for the Loggers.
The ‘Chucks will head to Duluth for a two-game set Wednesday and Thursday before returning to Athletic Park for a pair of games against the Rochester Honkers.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the Northwoods League, a college wood bat summer league featuring players from across the country. Baseball America named the Northwoods League as one of the premier summer collegiate baseball leagues in the country. For group outing / ticket information contact the Woodchucks office at 715-845-5055 or visit the Woodchucks website at www.woodchucks.com.