by Bryon Graff
LA CROSSE (WAOW) - Woodchucks infielder Jeremy Richter homered against the Loggers in the 4th inning to tie the game. But La Crosse scores 5 in the 5th on the way to an 8-3 win. The Chucks scored twice in the 9th inning.
Wisconsin has lost 6 straight to open the season's second half.
The Chucks are home Friday night against Duluth.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Official Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
‘Chucks Drop Sixth Straight
WAUSAU, WI - July 9th 2009 - The La Crosse Loggers (4-2) completed a two-game sweep of the Wisconsin Woodchucks (0-6) with a 8-3 win Thursday evening at Copeland Park which extending the Woodchucks losing streak to a season-high six games.
The Loggers jumped ahead again tonight as they manufactured their first run when Tony Mueller singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cory Burleson to make the score 1-0 after three innings.
The ‘Chucks tied it up in the fourth when Jeremy Richter led of the frame with a booming solo home run over the left field wall to square things at 1-1.
Things were tied until the fifth, which is when the Loggers opened things up. The Loggers scored five runs on four hits and two walks as they knocked out ‘Chucks starter Terrance Jackson and took a commanding 6-1 lead.
La Crosse added two more in the bottom of the sixth, and took an 8-1 lead into the ninth. The ‘Chucks showed their fighting spirit in the ninth as they put up a rally and a couple of runs, but fell short as the Loggers picked up their fourth win of the second half.
Chad Wright (Kentucky) led the Woodchucks with two hits while Mike Mutcheson (New Mexico JC) added a pair of RBIs in the loss. The Loggers were led by a 3-for-3 performance for Robert Abel who also had a pair of RBIs.
Jackson took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. Richie Erath picked up his third win of the season after allowing just one run on four hits in seven complete innings.
The ‘Chucks will look to rebound at home starting tomorrow, as they open up a four-game homestand tomorrow against Duluth at 6:35 pm.
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. The Woodchucks 2009 home opener is Friday, May 29th as they take on the Eau Claire Express. For group outing / ticket information contact the Woodchucks office at 715-845-5055 or visit the Woodchucks website at www.woodchucks.com.