by Bryon Graff
(WAOW) - The Woodchucks lose to the Battle Creek Bombers 6-3 on a walk-off 3 run homer.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
‘Chucks Lose a Tough One in Battle Creek
WAUSAU, WI - June 16th, 2009 - The Wisconsin Woodchucks battled their way back from a 3-0 deficit after seven innings, but Battle Creek's Chris Lewis ended the comeback bid with a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night at C.O. Brown Stadium
It was a pitcher's duel early on in this one as neither team could push the first run across. The Bombers finally put together a rally in the sixth inning when they strung together four hits and took advantage of two errors as they took the 3-0 lead.
The ‘Chucks fought back in the eighth as they also took advantage of a couple of miscues and rallied for the tie after an error by Bombers shortstop Doug Otto allowed Casey Rihm (South Carolina) and Chris Slater (Baylor) to score.
The ‘Chucks threatened in the bottom of the ninth as they had the winning run just 90 feet away, but Bombers reliever R.J. Hively was able to work out of the jam.
In the bottom of the ninth Greg Fujii led off the inning with a single. After a strikeout, Nick Campbell hit what looked like a possible double play ball but another ‘Chucks error allowed both runners to advance safely. In the following at-bat, Chris Lewis took the first pitch he saw from Jeremy Brewer and crushed it over the wall for the game-winning home run.
Woodchucks starter Jonas Dufek (Creighton) threw five innings and gave up two runs on eight hits. Jeremy Brewer took the loss after going 1.1 innings and allowing three runs on two hits.
The ‘Chucks got multiple hit games from Chad Wright (Kentucky) and Kiser, while the Bombers got a 3-for-5 day from Nick Campbell and a 4-for-4 day from Parker Berberet to go along with the heroics from Lewis.
The ‘Chucks will take on the Bombers for the second game tomorrow at 10:00 am (CST) before returning home to take on the Madison Mallards at Athletic Park on Thursday.
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.