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Woodchucks' 1st-Half Title Hopes Extinguished in Loss

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks (17-16) lost their fifth in a row Tuesday night as the Green Bay Bullfrogs (18-14) scored early and often and won 13-6.  The game was never close as the Woodchucks were down 13-0 before scoring 6 runs in the later innings.

Chris Licon (2-1) started for the Woodchucks, and allowed three runs in the first inning on a Tom Barry RBI double and a Troy Scott 2-run home run.  Licon seemed to settle in the second inning, when he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out 2, but exploded in the third, when 10 of the first 11 Bullfrogs reached base, including Troy Scott's second home run, this time a 3-run shot.  Scott hit 3 home runs in the two game series with the Woodchucks, and now has 4 this season.  Jerad Eickhoff (1-2) relieved Licon following the second Scott home run, but couldn't get an out through 5 hitters, allowed 4 runs, and Sam Wolff had to come in to finish the inning as the Bullfrogs led 11-0.

Green Bay added two more in the fifth when Sam Wolff walked the bases loaded and gave up 2 runs on a single and a walk.  Eric Fritz (0-1) finished the inning, and ended up pitching very effectively to finish the ballgame with 3.1 IP, no hits or walks, and 4 strikeouts.

The Woodchucks offense came alive in the sixth inning when Brock Stassi pinch hit for Grant Dozar and hit a home run of starter Riley TIncher (4-2).  A pair of misplayed fly balls in center field helped the Woodchucks to 2 more runs in the frame.  In the eighth inning, the Woodchucks added three more runs when Kevin Pillar drove a 3-1 pitch from Mike Thomas over the wall in left-center for his first home run of the season and 3 RBI.  Pillar finished 3-4 with a double, a home run, and 5 RBI, along with 2 fabulous diving catches in right-center field.  Brock Stassi also added a double to his home run, and finished 2-3.

The Woodchucks are now officially eliminated in the race for the first-half south division title, before the second half begins Friday night.  The Woodchucks play again tomorrow night at Athletic Park when the Waterloo Bucks come to town for a two-game series.  Jordan Luvisi is scheduled to start for the ‘Chucks, with first pitch at 6:35.

 

Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release

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