After a walk off finale Sunday afternoon, the Woodchucks magic number dropped to just one game, and the single season franchise record was tied at 42 as everything began to fall in place for the Woodchucks.
The Woodchucks struck first in Sunday afternoons ballgame with a two out RBI double by Bryant Munoz that brought home Nate Irving to mount the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
After three and ½ innings, the score remained unchanged until Rafters Joshua Cyr, and Alex Bacon contributed the tying run with a leadoff double, and a triple that brought around Joshua Cyr.
The Rafters in the same inning posted up another run when Nicholas Ammirati blooped a single past Woodchuck short stop, Mike Bernal to cycle around Alex Bacon for the go- ahead run as the Rafters framed the 2-1 lead.
The Woodchucks were stumped by Rafters starting pitcher Augey Bill, as he dialed down nine ‘Chucks, and allowed just one run through seven innings in Sunday afternoons outing.
Still struggling to heat up the bats, the Woodchucks one run remained going into the bottom of the eighth inning down 2-1. With two outs, and Brooks Braga on second after a single and stolen base, Eric Filia-Snyder once again came through clutch as he belted a line drive to deep center field that went over the head and brought around Brooks Braga for the tying run.
Brendon Hayden, the very next batter, liked what he saw in Filia-Snyder's hit, and repeated with a double that rattled off the right field wall, scoring Filia-Snyder from second for the eighth inning go-ahead run as the tables turned in Athletic Park.
Pascal Paul toed the rubber in the top of the ninth inning to close out the Rafters after a two run comeback inning.
The close would not be so, after a leadoff base hit by Pat Kelly put the tying run on the bases, and Joshua Cyr cycled Kelly through after an RBI double that injured catcher Nate Irving after a strange railroad attempt that sent both benches out on the field.
The ballgame headed to the bottom of the ninth as the ‘Chucks entered a familiar circumstance after seven walk offs on the year.
Madison Carter got things started in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single that put the winning run on the bases. Catcher Matt Richer followed and walked to put the pressure on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters as Madison Carter moved to third base, just 90 feet away from the wining run. The Woodchucks overcame when Jordan Luvisi placed a sac bunt down, and an error brought around Carter for the eighth walk off of the season.
The Woodchucks are back in action Monday in Wisconsin Rapids for a 7:05 start as the ‘Chucks aim to clinch a playoff spot.