by Bryon Graff
ROCHESTER, MN (WAOW) - The Woodchucks win 5-4 at Rochester and head home to play nine of their next ten games at Athletic Park.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
‘Chucks Pull Out Dramatic, Controversial Victory
WAUSAU, WI - June 24th, 2009 - The Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-17) rallied from a two run deficit and scored three runs amidst controversy in the top of the ninth as they stole a 5-4 victory away from the Rochester Honkers (14-9) Wednesday evening at Mayo Field.
The Honkers scored a run on three hits in the first to take the early 1-0 lead, but the Woodchucks tied things up in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Kale Kiser (Nebraska) that scored Mike Marshall (Stanford) who singled to lead off the inning.
The Honkers answered right back in the bottom half of the frame as they scored two runs after back-to-back Woodchucks errors to take the 3-1 lead. Things stayed quiet until the seventh, when the ‘Chucks cut the lead to 3-2 after an RBI double by Troy Frazier (Kentucky). The Honkers put up another run in the eighth, and carried a 4-2 lead into the ninth.
Kiser started the rally with a single to right. After a strikeout, Frazier hit a bloop single to left center. Following another strikeout, Chad Wright (Kentucky) stepped up to the plate with two on and two outs. Wright hit a groundball to first baseman Danny Brock, and on the play Wright collided with the pitcher Jay Johnson as Brock apparently touched first in time to retire Wright.
After the Honkers celebrated the apparent victory, the umpires convened and ruled obstruction and an error on Johnson which gave the ‘Chucks fresh life as Wright was awarded first. On the first pitch to the following batter, Joey Hainsfurther (Baylor) ripped a two-run single to right off Johnson to tie things up. Johnson then issued a wild pitch to the next batter, which allowed Wright to score the game-winning run.
‘Chucks starter Bobby Pritchett (Central Arkansas) lasted just 3.2 innings where he gave up six hits and three runs with three walks while striking out three. Bryce Butt (Ohio) went the final 5.1 where he gave up just one unearned run on four hits as he picked up the victory. Johnson took the loss in relief for the Honkers.
The Woodchucks were led by Frazier, who finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The Honkers got a pair of hits and two runs from Corey Jones.
The ‘Chucks will return home to Athletic Park tomorrow to kick off a five game homestand tomorrow against the Battle Creek Bombers with the first pitch set for 6:35 pm.
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.