by Bryon Graff
MADISON (WAOW) - The Woodchucks defeat the Mallards 9-6. Jeremy Richter was 3 for 4 with a run scored. Kale Kiser was 2 for 5 with a run and 2 RBI.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Seven Run Sixth Leads ‘Chucks to Victory
WAUSAU, WI - June 30th, 2009 - The Madison Mallards committed five errors in the top of the sixth which led to seven runs as the Wisconsin Woodchucks took down the Mallards 9-6 Tuesday night at Warner Park.
Mike Marshall (Stanford) opened up with scoring with a solo blast that cleared everything as it left the stadium over the left field wall to give the ‘Chucks the 1-0 lead after two innings. The Mallards answered back when Harold Riggins ripped an RBI double down the left field line to tie things at 1-1.
It stayed tied until the sixth, when the Woodchucks blew the game open. The first eight batters of the inning reached safely for the ‘Chucks, as they used four hits and five Mallards errors in the frame to take a comfortable 8-1 lead.
Things did not end smoothly though, as the Mallards stormed back with a four run bottom of the seventh and grabbed the momentum back.
The Woodchucks tallied a run in the top of the eighth, but Madison responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-6 heading into the ninth. In the final inning, the Mallards had runners on second and third with two outs and the tying run at the plate, but Anthony Drobnick (Washington State) induced Jimmy Parque to foul out the third to end the game.
Bryce Shafer (Valparaiso) picked up his third win of the season after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings of work. Drobnick recorded his first save after throwing the final two innings. Madison's Joe Yermal gave up five runs on five hits in five innings of work as he took the loss.
The Woodchucks were led offensively by Jeremy Richter (UW-Stevens Point) who recorded three hits in the contest, including two in the game-changing sixth inning. Harold Riggins doubled three times and knocked in three runs in the loss for the Mallards.
The ‘Chucks will now host the Eau Claire Express for a pair of games before kicking off the start of the second half on Friday against Madison.
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.