by Bryon Graff
WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Woodchucks drop a 9-2 game to the Madison Mallards to open the Northwoods League's 2nd half.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
(PRESS RELEASE) - Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Mallards Offense Too Much for ‘Chucks
WAUSAU, WI - July 3rd, 2009 - The first game of the second half did not go as planned for the Wisconsin Woodchucks, as the Madison Mallards pounded out 14 hits en route to a 9-2 victory Friday night.
The Mallards offense came out firing, as they scored two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning to grab the 2-0 lead. The Mallards put up two more runs in the third, and added two more in the fourth on Harold Riggins' 6th home run of the year to take a 6-0 lead after four innings.
The Woodchucks would not go quietly though, as they rallied for a pair of runs on four singles to cut the lead to 6-2. That would do it for the scoring for the ‘Chucks, as the Mallards tallied another run in the top of the seventh and Troy Channing's two-run blast in the top of the ninth pushed the score to the 9-2 final.
Brandon Koenigstein (Creighton) suffered his third loss of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) on ten hits over 5.1 innings. Dan Gardo tossed the final 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out 5.
Alex Rivers recorded the win for the Mallards after giving up just two runs on six hits in five innings of work. Dan Burawa was solid in relief, shutting out the Woodchucks in the final four innings while adding seven strikeouts.
Offensively, the ‘Chucks were led by Joey Hainsfurther (Baylor) and Brett Krill (UCLA) who each had a pair of hits and an RBI in the loss.
The Mallards had five batters record multiple hits in the contest. Kurtis Muller had a team-high three hits while Channing knocked in three in the victory.
The ‘Chucks will host the Mallards for on Independence Day tomorrow, with the first pitch set for 6:35 before an off day on Sunday.
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.