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Chucks hold off Rafters 8-7 at Witter Field

WI RAPIDS (PRESS RELEASE)-  The Wisconsin Woodchucks (15-10, 33-27) have played close games with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafter (7-21, 18-43) all season and Friday night was no exception as the Woodchucks won 8-7.  The game included 6 lead changes and was tight the whole way. 

Kevin Pillar started the game off with a charge for the Woodchucks when he took the first pitch of the game from Rafter starter Jesse Arreola (3-4) deep to left field for his second dinger of the season and a 1-0 ‘Chucks lead.  The Rafters came back with two RBI doubles in the 2nd against starter Nick Capito (5-0) and took the lead back 2-1.  Pat Terry then grabbed 2 of his 3 RBIs on a 2 run homer in the 3rd that gave the Woodchucks the lead back 3-2.  The Rafters got a two-out basehit from Brad Hallberg in the 4th to retake the lead 4-3. 

Capito left in the 5th for Ryan Iverson (1-0), who escaped the inning with no damage, and kept the game 4-3 until the Woodchucks came to bat in the 7th.  The Woodchucks loaded the base without a ball out of the infield en route to scoring 5 runs in the frame for an 8-4 lead.  That was the 6th and final lead change of the game. 

Iverson and Cory Hall gave up a run each in the 7th to cut the lead to 8-6, but Anthony Drobnick entered in the 8th with 2 runs on and no outs and escaped the inning with no damage.  Drobnick allowed a run in the 9th, but stranded the tying run on 3rd base to hold on to the 8-7 win and earn his 5th save of the season.  The win preserved for Iverson was his first in the Northwoods League this season. 

The rubber game of this 3 game series at Witter Field is Saturday night.  Brock Stassi is scheduled to pitch for the Woodchucks against Dan Johnson of the Rafters.  First pitch is at 7:05 and the game can be heard on Fox Sports 1390 AM.

Courtesy:  Wisconsin Woodchucks          


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