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Woodchucks battle back in first game of double header

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In the first game of a doubleheader between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, the Woodchucks saw themselves quickly get down by seven runs in the first two innings but battled back quickly to beat the Rafters, leading to a final score of 10-7.

The game started much differently from how it ended. The Rafters scored five runs in the first inning. Woodchucks pitcher Trey Horton from Georgia State loaded the bases with three walks and two run-scoring hits. He exited the game as Maddux Solomon from Seminole State College in Florida came in to pitch in the second inning.

Solomon could not quit the Rafters either. Wisconsin Rapids went on to score two more runs in the second inning. Wisconsin Rapids left fielder Richie Schiekofer scored on a fielder’s choice after reaching base with a single. The Woodchucks then committed an error in right field that allowed a Rafters runner to score. This gave Wisconsin Rapids a quick 7-0 lead.

The Woodchucks started to cut down their deficit in the third inning by scoring four runs. Shortstop Kyle Simmon got the inning started by watching four balls and walking. Nate Stinson and Javier Rosario both hit singles to load the bases for the Woodchucks. Kenny Rodriguez then walked to give the Woodchucks their first run of the game. Kaeber Rog continued the scoring by putting the ball in play and forcing the Rafters to throw to first, allowing Nate Stinson to score from third.

Brandon Seltzer then walked after a wild pitch was thrown by Wisconsin Rapids, allowing Javier Rosario to score from third. Wisconsin Rapids then made a pitching change. Still, another walk was committed on a wild pitch, allowing Kenny Rodriguez to score from third. This made the score 7-4 with the Rafters still leading.

Third baseman Adam Frank hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning that continued the Woodchucks comeback. The score was then 7-5 with the Rafters leading. Frank is now responsible for three of the Woodchucks five home runs this season.

The Woodchucks finally took their first lead of the game in the seventh inning when Brandon Seltzer hit a three-run home run to give them a tight 8-7 lead. This was Seltzer’s second home run in two games after he also hit a two-run home run in last night’s game against Fond du Lac.

Angel Tiburcio came on to pitch for the Woodchucks in the seventh inning. He pitched through the eighth inning and shut down the Rafters. The Florida International University product gave up zero hits and zero runs when the Woodchucks needed it most.

The Woodchucks added two insurance runs in the ninth inning to give them a 10-7 lead. The Rafters committed two errors that allowed the Woodchucks to get runners on base and hit them in by a number of ground balls that forced the Rafters to throw to first on a fielder’s choice. Kenny Rodriguez and Javier Rosario scored each of the Woodchucks’ ninth inning runs.

With a 10-7 lead, Tom Ambrosino came on to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Woodchucks. The Adelphi University product had one save coming into the matchup and added yet another to his statistics. He sealed the deal for the Woodchucks to score 10 unanswered runs and beat the Rafters by a score of 10-7.

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Brandon Seltzer hit a three-run home run to give the Woodchucks a tight 8-7 lead in the seventh inning. This was Seltzer’s second home run in two games after he also hit a two-run home run in last night’s game against Fond du Lac. Seltzer finished the game 2-3 with 4 RBI.

Third baseman Adam Frank hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning that continued the Woodchucks comeback. The score was then 7-5 with the Rafters leading. Frank is now responsible for three of the Woodchucks five home runs this season. He finished the game 2-5 with one RBI.

Tom Ambrosino came on to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Woodchucks. The Adelphi University product had one save coming into the matchup and added yet another to his statistics. He sealed the deal for the Woodchucks to score 10 unanswered runs and beat the Rafters by a score of 10-7.

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