More news. Less fluff. All local.

Walks lead to Woodchucks loss

in Sports

The Wisconsin Woodchucks have only had one starting pitcher pitch into or through the sixth inning this year. Rockford’s Cole Bellair has now done that three times. In his best start of the year, Bellair led his Rivets (10-7) to a 8-3 win over the Woodchucks (5-12), which have now lost a season-high five games in a row.

Great Outdoors Night at Athletic Park didn’t prove so great for Chucks starter Kellen Rholl. He tossed a scoreless first but ran into trouble soon after, walking three straight batters in the second to load the bases before getting Pat Loeffler to hit into a double play to end the threat

But then it happened again. With one out, Rholl walked three straight to load the bases in the third, and his night was over. Josh Bottenfield came in to limit the damage, but Rockford brought all three of Rholl’s runs in, led by a two-RBI single from JC DeMuri. Bottenfield allowed one more run of his own in the fourth when Loeffler singled and scored on a hit from Bren Spillane to make it 4-0 Rivets.

The Woodchucks got two back in the bottom half, however. Tristan Clarke led off with a double and Stevie Mangrum knocked him in with an RBI single before coming around to score on one from Jackson Owens. That made it 4-2, but Rockford pushed two unearned runs across in the sixth against Bottenfield on a two-RBI single by Zach Rheams to extend the lead back to 6-2.

Wisconsin pushed another one across against Bellair in the bottom of the sixth when Mangrum singled and scored on a groundout by Chad Fleischman, but Rockford scored two more late to put the game out of reach. The Rivets added one unearned run in the eighth and an earned run in the ninth on a Ryan Hutchinson base knock to extend the lead to 8-3, and the Woodchucks ran out of time to string a comeback together.

Bellair was rarely flashy but nearly always effective, pitching eight full innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits with four strikeouts and just one walk to improve his record to 2-1. Rholl’s falls to 0-3.

The three-game homestand concludes tomorrow night against Rockford. Heath Hawkins, fresh off the best Woodchucks start of the year, will look to snap his team’s five-game losing streak against Rockford’s Evan Snyder at 7:05 PM at Athletic Park.

Tickets are on sale to all Wisconsin Woodchucks home games and the 2017 Northwoods League Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, presented by Ascension. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 715.845.5055 or by stopping by the Woodchucks front office during normal business hours.


Game Date: 06/15/2017
Rockford Rivets 8 AT Wisconsin Woodchucks 3

YTD YTD
Rockford AB R H BI AVG Wisconsin AB R H BI AVG
Hutchinson, R 3B 5 2 3 1 .268 Rivera, M 2B 4 0 0 0 .311
Klein, B 2B 5 2 1 0 .167 Clarke, T CF 4 1 1 0 .286
Spillane, B CF 5 2 2 1 .370 Mangrum, S LF 4 2 3 1 .369
Rheams, Z DH 5 0 1 3 .340 Ware, B 3B 3 0 0 0 .316
DeMuri, J RF 4 0 1 2 .241 Fleischman, C 1B 3 0 0 1 .205
Tyrell, N LF 4 0 0 0 .250 Owens, J DH 2 0 1 1 .256
Houston, J SS 3 1 1 0 .400 Lindsly, B SS 4 0 0 0 .000
Loeffler, P 1B 5 1 2 0 .286 Smith, A RF 4 0 0 0 .200
Montgomery, N C 4 0 0 0 .200 Santos, J C 3 0 1 0 .333
40 8 11 7 31 3 6 3

Rockford 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 1 – 8 11 1
Wisconsin 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 – 3 6 2
2B–Clarke, T CF (2). RBI–Hutchinson, R 3B (4), Spillane, B CF (4),
Rheams, Z DH 3 (10), DeMuri, J RF 2 (10), TOTALS 7 (0), Mangrum, S LF
(16), Fleischman, C 1B (3), Owens, J DH (6), TOTALS 3 (0). HP–Ware, B 3B
(2), Owens, J DH (2). SB–Spillane, B CF (5), Mangrum, S LF (4). CS–Owens,
J DH (3). E–Houston, J SS (3), Rivera, M 2B (5), Ware, B 3B (2).
LOB–Rockford 13, Wisconsin 5. DP–M. Rivera(2B) – B. Lindsly(SS) – C.
Fleischman(1B), B. Klein(2B) – J. Houston(SS) – P. Loeffler(1B).
YTD
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rockford
Bellair, C (W,2-1) 8.0 6 3 3 1 4 0 4.12
Orbik, J 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.42
9 6 3 3 2 6 0
Wisconsin
Rholl, K (L,0-3) 2.1 0 3 3 6 1 0 15.26
Bottenfield, J 3.2 7 3 1 0 2 0 2.94
Sprinkle, D 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.26
Lenny, G 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1.08
Luneke, T 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 6.30
9 11 8 5 8 5 0
WP–Rholl, K (2). HB–Bellair, C 2 (3). SO–Hutchinson, R, Klein, B,
Spillane, B, DeMuri, J, Montgomery, N, Rivera, M, Clarke, T, Mangrum, S,
Fleischman, C, Lindsly, B, Santos, J. BB–Hutchinson, R, Klein, B,
Spillane, B, DeMuri, J, Tyrell, N, Houston, J 2, Montgomery, N, Fleischman,
C, Owens, J. BF–Bellair, C 31 (90), Orbik, J 4 (29), Rholl, K 12 (46),
Bottenfield, J 20 (71), Sprinkle, D 4 (37), Lenny, G 6 (40), Luneke, T 6
(47). P-S–Bellair, C 101-65, Orbik, J 17-9, Rholl, K 47-16, Bottenfield, J
69-49, Sprinkle, D 11-8, Lenny, G 18-13, Luneke, T 23-12.
T–2:49. A–1508

Weather: 79 degrees, Sunny
Plate Umpire – Ty Unthank (#7), Field Umpire #1 – Collin Hart (#40), Field Umpire #2 – Jayden Saban (#41)

Leave a Reply

Latest from Sports

Wausau, WisconsinLocal Weather Alerts
There are currently no active weather alerts.
Go to Top
%d bloggers like this: