LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Entering Sunday's game, the Loggers' magic number sat at three. Three Logger wins or three Green Bay losses means La Crosse wins the first half south division title.
What's better, they could shave two off the magic number with a win Sunday night. And they looked likely to do so in the 7th inning against the Bullfrogs. That was when Green Bay's Duncan McAlpine blasted a solo home run to right bringing them back within four.
Later in the inning, Ransom LaLonde threatened with the long-ball again hitting one to straightaway center. Boomer Collins, however, made the leaping catch at the fence to rob a possible 2nd Bullfrog homer in the inning.
Jacob Dorris came in to close for the Loggers after that. He did give up another home run but struck out four of the last six. La Crosse hung on to win 6-3 over Green Bay.
"Now I think we're three up with three left, and we've got the same guys tomorrow, so we know what they have," said Collins after the game. "That definitely gives us a lot of momentum going into tomorrow."
Loggers Manager Andy McKay added, "You come into the series and know that if you can win the first game, you put a lot of pressure on Green Bay. They're going to have to go 3-0, and we're going to have to go 0-3. Those things can happen. We're going to have to come out tomorrow, compete and keep playing hard."
Alex Gunn got the win for La Crosse. He improved to 4-1 on the season. The Loggers can now clinch the aforementioned title with a win against Green Bay on Monday night. First pitch in that game set for 7:05 p.m.
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