by Bryon Graff
WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Woodchucks got a complete game by Bryce Butt and a 2 run homer from Brett Krill in a 6-1 win over the Waterloo Bucks.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Butt and Krill Lead ‘Chucks to Fourth Straight Win
WAUSAU, WI - July 25th 2009 - Bryce Butt (Ohio) recorded his second consecutive complete game victory and Brett Krill (UCLA) blasted a two-run home run to left field as the Wisconsin Woodchucks won their eighth game in nine tries Wednesday night with a 6-1 win over the Waterloo Bucks.
The Woodchucks took command right out of the gate, putting up two runs in the first. Travis Whitmore (Pittsburght) walked, stole second, and scored on an RBI single by Ben Long (UW-Milwaukee). Long scored the second run of the frame after an error by Waterloo shortstop Adrian Williams.
Carson Vitale (Creighton) led off the second inning with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Chad Wright (Kentucky) to push the Woodchucks lead to 3-0.
The Bucks showed signs of life in the fifth. Pat Stover led off with a double, and came around to score after a couple of groundouts. Fortunately, that would be all of the scoring for the Bucks on the evening.
The Woodchucks came right back in the bottom of the fifth, as Krill provided his answer with a two-run shot over the left field wall to give the Woodchucks a 5-1 advantage. The ‘Chucks tacked on another run in the seventh, and that would be plenty for Butt who recorded his third complete game victory of the season.
Butt, now tied for the league lead in wins with six, allowed just one run on six hits while striking out four and did not walk a batter. With the win, Butt lowered his ERA to 1.08 which ranks second in the league.
Scott Williams suffered the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits while striking two and walking three in five innings.
Krill's home run was the highlight offensively for the Woodchucks, as they put up just four hits in the contest. Michael Giller had a game-high two hits for the Bucks in the loss.
The Woodchucks will complete the homestand tomorrow with a rematch against the Bucks with the first pitch set for 6:35
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.