MEQUON, WI – For the first time in seven years, the Wisconsin Woodchucks will finish with a winning record.
Win number 37 of the 2021 season came Sunday in Mequon after a slew of clutch performances helped the Woodchucks edge the Chinooks, 6-4.
A two-out RBI single by Stephen Reid drove in Louie Albrecht and gave the Woodchucks the lead in the top of the ninth inning. A double steal by Reid and Harrison Long added an insurance run one batter later.
Colin Millar pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season and cement the victory. Peyton Schofield earned the win after three scoreless frames of relief.
The Woodchucks overcame a 4-3 deficit and now have 15 come-from-behind victories this season.
But early in Sunday’s contest, the Woodchucks played from ahead. Jacob Burke’s two-run single plated Antonio Valdez and Harrison Long in the top of the third. Catalano drove in Burke later in the inning to make it 3-0.
Starting pitcher Cade Denton kept the streaky but inconsistent Lakeshore lineup quiet early in the ballgame. The Chinooks scored double digit runs four times against the Woodchucks this season, including 18 last night.
In the fifth, Lakeshore surged ahead after back-to-back RBI doubles from the top of their lineup. But that was the only inning in which they scored Sunday.
The Woodchucks tied the score on Colton Vincent’s sacrifice fly one inning later. His drive to the left field warning track was plenty deep to drive in Catalano.
Lefty reliever Peyton Schofield struck out five over his three scoreless innings. The future Western Carolina Catamount stranded five runners on base, all of whom were in scoring position. A putout at the plate dodged the threat of a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh.
The win is Schofield’s fifth of the season, placing him second on the team.
A leadoff walk by Albrecht and a sacrifice bunt by Valdez set the stage for Reid’s game-winning RBI. Five of the Woodchucks’ six runs were scored with two outs.
The win means that the Woodchucks and Chinooks split the season series at an even 6-6. Each team won three games in each ballpark.
The Woodchucks improve their overall record to 37-22 while their second half record stands at 16-8. They are tied for first place with the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders while holding a three-game lead over the third-place Madison Mallards.
The Chucks will host the Dock Spiders at 6:35 p.m. Monday to begin a five-game homestand. It will be Cost Cutters & Barbers Family Hairstyling Customer Appreciation Night at Athletic Park!
Wisconsin Woodchucks 6 @ Lakeshore Chinooks 4
Game Date: Sunday August 1st, 2021
W: Schofield (5-0, 5.40 ERA) L: Halligan (0-3, 6.98 ERA) SV: Millar (1)
|Sepede, Ryan RF||5||0||0||0||.378|
|Long, Harrison LF||4||2||2||0||.321|
|Reid, Stephen DH||5||0||2||1||.352|
|Burke, Jacob CF||4||1||1||2||.208|
|Catalano, Anthony 3B||5||1||2||1||.227|
|Mehlbauer, Clayton SS||4||0||2||0||.225|
|Vincent, Colton 1B||3||0||0||1||.178|
|Albrecht, Louie C||3||1||0||0||.175|
|Valdez, Antonio 2B||1||1||0||0||.152|
|Vecrumba, Ethan LF||5||1||2||2||.305|
|Doersching, Griffin DH||4||1||2||1||.260|
|Gray, Jackson RF||5||0||2||0||.319|
|Beers, Sam 3B||2||0||0||1||.303|
|Olson, Justin 1B||3||0||0||0||.222|
|Glenn, Josh C||3||0||1||0||.273|
|Timbrook, Mack 2B||4||1||1||0||.262|
|Kimple, Connor CF||4||1||1||0||.213|
|Salinas, Orlando SS||4||0||0||0||.097|
RBI: J. Burke 2 (14); A. Catalano 1 (14); C. Vincent 1 (13); S. Reid 1 (25);
HBP: H. Long 1 (1);
SB: C. Mehlbauer 1 (7); J. Burke 1 (7);
CS: H. Long 1 (1); S. Reid 1 (1);
E: A. Catalano 1 (11);
Team LOB: 8;
2B: J. Gray 1 (6); C. Kimple 1 (3); E. Vecrumba 2 (8); G. Doersching 1 (8);
RBI: E. Vecrumba 2 (19); G. Doersching 1 (30); S. Beers 1 (11);
CS: J. Gray 1 (5);
E: J. Glenn 1 (3); O. Salinas 1 (4);
Team LOB: 8;
|– Schofield, Peyton||3.0||2||0||0||2||5||0||5.40|
|– Millar, Colin||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.90|
|– Mueller, Mitch||1.1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.18|
|– Halligan, Miles||4.0||2||2||2||2||1||0||6.98|
|– Berendt , Cade||0.2||0||1||1||0||1||0||3.45|
|– Kean, Tyler||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
WP: P. Schofield 1 (9);
SO: C. Denton 1 (6); P. Schofield 5 (33);
BB: C. Denton 1 (6); P. Schofield 2 (23); C. Millar 1 (6);
BF: C. Denton 22 (86); P. Schofield 14 (137); C. Millar 3 (41);
P-S: C. Denton 79-56; P. Schofield 57-35; C. Millar 12-7;
HB: C. Berendt 1 (5);
SO: J. Glassey 4 (24); M. Mueller 2 (37); M. Halligan 1 (14); C. Berendt 1 (15);
BB: J. Glassey 1 (15); M. Halligan 2 (17); T. Kean 1 (4);
BF: J. Glassey 14 (160); M. Mueller 5 (132); M. Halligan 16 (99); C. Berendt 3 (124); T. Kean 3 (38);
P-S: J. Glassey 60-38; M. Mueller 22-14; M. Halligan 49-27; C. Berendt 8-6; T. Kean 12-6;
Umpires: Plate: S. Fernandez 1B: F. Jones 3B: R. Knox-Reyes
Start time: 1:35 pm (Central)
Venue: Kapco Park
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|Traverse City Pit Spitters||35||25||.583||2.0||1L||6-4|
|Battle Creek Bombers||20||39||.339||16.5||4L||3-7|
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|Fond du Lac Dock Spiders||38||22||.633||–||1L||7-3|
|Wisconsin Rapids Rafters||28||32||.467||10.0||1W||5-5|
|Green Bay Booyah||24||35||.407||13.5||1L||2-8|
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|Eau Claire Express||23||33||.411||11.5||1W||3-7|
|La Crosse Loggers||21||35||.375||13.5||1L||3-7|
|Minnesota Mud Puppies||5||23||.179||15.5||1W||2-8|
|Great Plains West||W||L||PCT||GB||STREAK||LAST 10|
|St. Cloud Rox||43||13||.768||–||6W||9-1|