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Woodchucks win twice, Rafters walk-off on Sunday


In local Northwoods League action on Sunday, the Wisconsin Woodchucks beat the Kenosha Kingfish twice, in a continuation from a rain postponed game and a seven-inning game, while the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters took down the Thunder Bay Border Cats in walk-off fashion.

The Woodchucks and Kingfish resumed a game from June 10, with the 'Chucks leading 5-0 in the top of the 4th. With the bases loaded in the inning, Paul DeJong smacked a grand slam over the right field wall for his Northwoods leading 11th home run of the season. Later in the game, DeJong also tacked on an RBI double to give him five runs batted in for the game, leading the Woodchucks to a 12-0 blowout win over Kenosha.

In game two of the day, Jake Scudder provided the only offense the Woodchucks would need. In the third inning, Scudder broke a scoreless tie with a grand slam, the second of the day for the 'Chucks. On the mound, Alex Phillips retired the first 13 Kingfish batters he faced, but ended up surrendering three runs in the sixth inning. The Woodchucks won game two 4-3, sweeping the day series in Kenosha.

In Wisconsin Rapids, the Rafters led the Border Cats 2-0, but a few defensive errors in the fifth inning allowed Thunder Bay to take a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, the Rafters evened the score at four with two runs of their own. The Border Cats tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to lead Wisconsin Rapids 6-4. Trailing by that score in the bottom of the 8th, Kirby McGuire drove in a run with a double off the wall, followed by a Thunder Bay defensive error that allowed McGuire to score and tie the game at six. In the 9th, Nolan Blackwood retired the Border Cats in order to give the Rafters the opportunity to win in the bottom half of the inning. Zack Willoughby led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Two batters later, Taylor Stell singled to drive in pinch runner Michael Jurgella as the Rafters beat the Border Cats 7-6 in walk-off fashion.


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