Woodchucks walk off on Bullfrogs 6-5
WAUSAU—The Wisconsin Woodchucks walked off on the Green Bay Bullfrogs 6-5, as Rob Bennie hit his second walk-off hit of the season in the last home game of the regular season at Athletic Park.
With two outs and the winning run on third, Rob Bennie took the first pitch he saw in his at-bat and lined it into right field to bring home Edgar Figueroa as the Woodchucks walked off on the Bullfrogs in their final home regular season game of the season. Bennie hit a walk-off home run earlier in the season for his first walk-off hit of the season.
The Bullfrogs struck first in the top of the first inning as they used back-to-back solo home runs from both Bryant Burleson and Nick Torres to give them an early 2-0 lead.
The Bullfrogs extended their lead to three in the top of the second inning after Jimmy Coady came into score when Tom Sawyer's fly ball to left field was deep enough to plate Coady.
The Woodchucks responded in the bottom of the second inning as Wausau native Dylan Detert hit a double down the right field line that plated Ryan Gerber and Mike Mierow to trail the Bullfrogs 3-2.
The next run wasn't scored until the bottom of the fifth inning when Ryan Gerber singled through the left side of the infield to score Rob Bennie for the Woodchucks to even up the score 3-3.
The Woodchucks used their fifth unanswered run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. Tell Taylor hit a double into the right-center field gap that scored Figueroa on the play to give the Woodchucks the lead. Then, Taylor came into score when Trevin Sonnier's wild throw to first base allowed him to come in from third base to give the Woodchucks an important insurance run leading 5-3.
The Bullfrogs cut the deficit to one when the Woodchucks traded two outs for a run when Jose Godinez grounded into a double play that allowed Tripp Martin to score in the top of the eighth inning.
A double to right-center field by Robert Youngdahl allowed the tying run into score in the top of the ninth inning. Austin Orewiler limited the damage as he struck out the last two batters in the inning to close the door as the Bullfrogs had the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on third base. The ninth inning heroics then followed when the Woodchucks came up to bat.
Dewees' Grand Slam Lifts Rafters Over Mallards on Sunday, 14-10
Wisconsin Rapids, WI- Donnie Dewees (North Florida) belted his first grand slam of the season and added five-RBI on the night as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (29-34, 10-18) withstood a furious rally by the Madison Mallards (37-26, 16-13) to earn a hard-fought 14-10 victory Sunday afternoon at Witter Field. The win is the third for the Rafters in their current eight-game home stand and moves Wisconsin Rapids to 2-5 this season against Madison—The Rafters have won two of the last three games between the two clubs and was their first at Witter Field.
Sunday afternoon was wacky evening at Witter Field as the Rafters jumped out to an early 9-1 lead, courtesy of a five-run fourth inning that included four singles and a triple by Michael Jurgella (Saint Cloud State), to give the Rafters the early advantage.
Starter, Derek Kawlewski (Indian Hills CC), found himself in some trouble in the fifth inning as the first six batters of the frame reached base for the Mallards, including a bases-clearing double off the center field wall for Joe McCarthy (Virginia) to make the score, 9-4. Drew Weeks (North Florida) reached on a single and Mike Fitzgerald (Indiana State) loaded the bases after a throw by Marcus Wheeler (Kansas) pulled Riley Spetz (UW-Stevens Point) off the bag. The Mallards would go on to score five runs in the frame, successfully bringing the score to within three, 9-6.
Madison would add four more runs in the six and seventh innings, including a solo home run by former Rafter, Alex Bacon. The home run was the first of the season for Bacon in a Mallards uniform and tied the game in the seventh, 9-9. Madison would get one more run across in the seventh after Eric Forgione ripped a single through the left side and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern). The sacrifice fly gave the Mallards their first lead of the game, 10-9; the eight-run deficit was the largest lead the Rafters have given up this season.
The lead would be short-lived, as the Rafters would send eight batters to the plate in the seventh inning to regain the lead. After Jurgella opened the inning with a ground out to second to begin the seventh. Zack Belanger (Long Beach State) reached on a walk and Wheeler added his third base hit of the inning a line-drive that flared over the glove of Mallards second baseman, Forgione. Cort Brinson (Northwestern State) recorded his second hit on the inning on a bunt single down the left field line that Brock Stewart (Illinois State) couldn't handle to load the bases. Spetz would follow with a strikeout for the first out of the inning and Charlie Naso walked George Ragsdale (Virginia) on four-straight pitches to walk in the tying run and bring Dewees to the plate.
After a chess move by Mallards manager, Donnie Scott, Madison summoned reliable closer, Danny Sullivan (Davenport University), to the hill to face Dewees. Sullivan fell behind 3-1 before Dewees belted his 12th home run of the season over the center field wall for a grand slam to give the Rafters the lead, 4-0. The home run for Dewees was his third in as many nights and gave him five RBI on the evening.
From there, field manager, Jake Martin, called upon Tyler Willman (Western Illinois) to toss the final two innings. Willman became the fourth bullpen arm of the evening used by Wisconsin Rapids and twirled two shutout innings while issuing just one base hit to earn the no decision and give the Rafters the win, 14-10.
Wisconsin Rapids clubbed out an 18-hit attack on the evening while stranding just seven base runners. The 18-hits by a Rafters club ties the season high for hits in a season and the first time since a 16-11 win July 16 against the Green Bay Bullfrogs.