Despite a late inning rally, the Wisconsin Woodchucks lost a close matchup Friday at Athletic Park to the Kenosha Kingfish by a score of 6-5.

Kenosha struggled to find the strike zone at the beginning of the game. They loaded the bases and walked in three straight Woodchucks runs. The Woodchucks, on the other hand, left pitches hanging in the strike zone.

The Chucks allowed Kenosha to score six unanswered runs. Starting pitcher Jose Varela tossed five innings and allowed three of those runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

With Kenosha leading 6-3 in the eighth inning, the Woodchucks charged back by scoring two more runs to bring them within one of Kenosha. Byron Murray hit a triple that scored Alec Arnone. Murray later scored on a wild pitch.

With Kenosha still leading at 6-5, the Woodchucks were unable to complete their rally. A three-up, three-down ninth inning led to the Chucks fourth straight loss.

Top Performers

Byron Murray went 1-3 with two RBI and one run. He hit a triple in the eighth inning to bring the Chucks within two runs.

Kyle Simmons went 1-3 with one RBI. He hit a triple and walked in the first inning with the bases loaded.

Next Up

The Wisconsin Woodchucks will continue their homestand on Saturday against the Green Bay Booyah with the first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.