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Rapids native included in new wave of Woodchucks

Ben Long played for the Woodchucks in 2007 Ben Long played for the Woodchucks in 2007

by Bryon Graff

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks welcome back Wisconsin Rapids native Ben Long.  Long is among four new arrivals.

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks

Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations

Wisconsin Woodchucks



Woodchucks Bolster Roster with New Arrivals


WAUSAU, WI - June 24th, 2009 - The Wisconsin Woodchucks are proud to announce the arrival of four new players who will add talent and depth to the ‘Chucks roster. Casey Rihn, Bryce Butt, Anthony Drobnick, and Ben Long have all been activated by the Woodchucks.

Casey Rihn, who played at the University of South Carolina this spring, will be expected to help out as a quality batter and a utility infielder. Rihn transferred from Santa Ana Junior College where he hit .347 with 16 home runs, 90 RBIs, and 33 doubles in two seasons. He was also named to the 2007 All-Southern California team.

Ohio University closer Bryce Butt went 6-6 with fives saves and a 4.80 ERA this spring. He also struck out 52 batters and walked just 19 in his 60 innings of work. Butt, who was a two-time all-state performer at Millard North High School, is expected to help out the pitching staff out of the bullpen.

Anthony Drobnick, a freshman from Washington State University, will also be a welcome addition to the ‘Chucks bullpen. Drobnick, a league MVP at Seattle Prep High School, batted .313 and posted a .92 ERA as a senior. He is also expected to add depth to the back end of the ‘Chucks bullpen.

Former Woodchuck and Madison Mallard Ben Long is the team's most recent addition. Long, who played for the Woodchucks in 2007, is a catcher out of UW-Milwaukee. Long also played earlier this season for the Madison Mallards, where he posted a .364 average and three home runs in limited time. Long is also a local product, who hails from Wisconsin Rapids.


Any further roster updates throughout the season will be announced as soon as they become available.

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the Northwoods League, a co llege 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.

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