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GREEN BAY — The Wisconsin Woodchucks (0-1) dropped their first game of the 2017 season to the Green Bay Bullfrogs (1-0) by a final score of 7-1 on Tuesday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Green Bay got its offense going early, scoring three runs in the first, two in the second, and one more in the third. First baseman Alex Pener drove in three runs himself with a two-run home run in the first and a single in the second.

The Woodchucks struck back in the fifth. Catcher Kyle Mrozinski (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) led off the frame with a double and scored on a single to center from Nolan Ryan (Henderson State).

But that was all the offense the Chucks would muster. Green Bay added another in the bottom half of the fifth on Ty Jandrowski’s second RBI single of the evening to restore the six-run lead.

The Chucks allowed five runs in the first two innings, but the bullpen was rock solid: three pitchers combined to allow six hits across the final six frames. Together, Kevin Bolder (St. Cloud State) and Armando Gonzalez (Barry University) kept the Bullfrogs off the bases entirely in the last three innings.

Jared Tobey got the win with six strong innings, while Gordon Cardenas took the loss. The Woodchucks will be back at it tomorrow against these same Bullfrogs, but at home for the 2017 home opener at Athletic Park in Wausau

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The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Woodchucks as your favorite team.

 

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