The Wisconsin Woodchucks took advantage of a Wisconsin Rapids error in the bottom of the eighth to plate the go-ahead run and held on for a 3-2 win. With the win, the Chucks move into a tie atop the Northwoods League South Division standings.
The Woodchucks were melting under the heat of Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 94 mph Pitcher, Ben Heller until the bottom of the 4th inning where back-to-back doubles, by catcher Gage Green, and third baseman Brendon Hayden, put the first runs of the night on the board.
The ‘Chucks cooled off after going up 2-0 on a Chevas Numata single in the fourth.
On the defensive side, ‘Chucks new comer, pitcher, Pascal Paul, threw five scoreless innings, giving up only four hits in his Woodchucks debut.
The Rafters finally broke open in the 6th inning coming in to score on a pass ball by pitcher, Pascal Paul. The Woodchucks did strand two Rafters on the bases however, to end the inning.
Woodchucks' reliever, Mason Pingel came into play in the 7th inning allowing a solo bomb to open the 8th inning, to left-centerfield to tie the game at two, by Rafters left fielder Austin Neary. Neary also went 4 for 4 on the night.
In the bottom of the 8th, the ‘Chucks lead off with a single by Brendon Hayden to put the go-ahead run on the bases. After a Brian Smith strike out, new comer, Jacob Jelmini came to the plate and showed the crowd another great night. Jelmini hit a deep fly ball to center field to score another score the go-ahead run.
The Woodchucks travel to Battle Creek Saturday at 6:35 pm and will return home for a two game series against the Madison Mallards Monday, and Tuesday.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks