The Woodchucks have a comfortable lead in the Northwoods League. And a pair of important arms on their mound is familiar to the area.
Adam Kramer was a standout pitcher at Wausau West before heading to Concordia St. Paul.
Pascal Paul was a stud at Merrill and will head to West Virginia in the fall.
But before they start hitting the books again, they get to lace it up for what's essentially the hometown Woodchucks.
"It's a good experience, my family and friends get to come out and watch me play," said Pascal Paul. "And I love being with the guys."
"Anything you do with the Woodchucks is pretty cool, I've watched them throughout my career," said Adam Kramer.
Others on the team don't live as close to the area, such as Hawaiian Chevas Numata.
So Paul sees to it to be a good host.
"I have hair clippers, we cut hair here, so they don't have to pay for that," said the Merrill native Paul. "I have to cut Chevas soon, he's getting on me the last couple of days, I haven't brought my clippers. So he's kind of upset at me right now."
He wasn't so good to Kramer when they were in high school. After all, he played for a rival school.
"I just looked at him like my enemy, I was playing against him so I wanted to beat him," said Kramer, the Wausau West graduate. "I never really got an opportunity to get to know him."
But now that they share the same uniform, it's all good in the neighborhood.
"We played against each other a lot, actually," said Paul. "It's fun to play on the same team as him, he was really good in high school, he beat us a couple of times, so it's good to be on the same team as him this year."
Together, with the rest of the team, they have their eyes on a Northwoods League title.
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