by Bryon Graff
LA CROSSE (WAOW) - The Woodchucks' losing streak hits five to open the second half of the Northwoods League season. They drop a 4-1 game against the La Crosse Loggers.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
LA CROSSE (PRESS RELEASE) - Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Loggers Power Past Woodchucks
WAUSAU, WI - July 9th 2009 - The La Crosse Loggers (3-2) used home runs from Thomas Collins and Rob Brantly to hand the Wisconsin Woodchucks (0-5) their fifth straight loss by a final score of 4-1 Wednesday night at Copeland Park.
Collins started the scoring in the second inning when he hit a towering home run over the left field wall on a 1-0 pitch from Bryce Shafer to give the Loggers the early 2-0 advantage.
There would be no scoring until the fifth, that's when Brantly hit his third home run of the year on a blast to right field to extend the lead to 3-0.
But the power show was not over yet, as the Woodchucks flexed their muscles when Ben Long (UW-Milwaukee) led off the seventh inning with a solo shot to cut the Loggers lead to just two runs at 3-1.
The Loggers would tally another run in the eighth when Brantly doubled Chris Engell over to third, who wound up scoring on a wild pitch. The ‘Chucks brought the potential winning run to the plate in the ninth, but they left the bases loaded as the Loggers picked up the victory.
The Woodchucks offense was generated from Long's home run, while Troy Frazier (Kentucky) added a pair of knocks in the defeat. Brantly finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a home run to lead the way for the Loggers.
Bryce Shafer (Valparaiso) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings of work, while Jeremy Brewer stuck out two batters to close things out.
Logan Munson went six shutout innings, allowing just two hits while picking up the win. Greg Holt picked up his fourth save of the season after working a shaky ninth.
The Woodchucks will take on the Loggers in a rematch tomorrow night at 7:05 pm before returning to Athletic Park for a four game homestand.
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