After Wednesday night's loss to the Eau Claire Express, the Wisconsin Woodchucks would pick back up for the final game of the two game series at Athletic Park Thursday night to try and pick up a win to stay on top of the division. The Woodchucks came out to a slow start, being shut out until the fifth inning until a seven run inning separated the two teams. The Woodchucks would walk away with a big win, rolling over the Express 10-3.
The Eau Claire Express would strike first by a double play ground out that scored Tyler Wampler from third base in the third inning.
The game began to get interesting in the bottom of the fifth, when the Woodchucks put Brendon Hayden on off a walk, and Jacob Jelmini on off of an error on the first basemen. Brendon Hayden and Jelmini executed the double steal perfectly to tie the game at one a piece.
With one gone in the fifth, and the bases loaded, Mike Bernal stepped up to the plate and looped a pop fly that dropped in between the right fielder and the first basemen to score Jacob Jelmini to take the 2-1 lead. Eric Filia- Snyder would also single in the fifth with still only one out, to score Nate Irving from third base to put the ‘Chucks up two runs.
The ‘Chucks after the third run of the inning would have back-to-back-to-back singles to put yet another run when J.D. Davis got on with an infield single scoring Jake Peter for the 4-1 lead.
The inning would not end there. Brendon Hayden would clear the bases with a three run double to jack up the score to 7-1, as the Woodchucks would go all the way through the line-up in the fifth inning, trampling the Express in the fifth with a seven run inning.
The Woodchucks would pick up another run in the sixth inning on a RBI single by Mike Bernal to score Nate Irving for an 8-1 lead.
In the seventh, the Express would tack on a run to cut the lead to six with just two innings left of play. Tim Zier would unleash on a ball to center field scoring Ryan Shober from second base.
The Express would not go away however, scoring again in the eighth off of a RBI single by Ryan Shober to score Nick Addison to make in an 8-3 game.
The Woodchucks would put more insurance runs on in the bottom of the eighth after Eric Filia-Snyder would double to deep right field scoring Jake Peter, and Nate Irving making it a 10-3 game.
With a seven run cushion, the Woodchucks would shut down the side to end the game, and get back on track winning 10-3.