WAUSAU, WI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks were placed in an awkward predicament late Wednesday against the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders at Athletic Park. 

Needing one out to secure the win, manager Corey Thompson issued a high-leverage intentional walk. Allowing the single baserunner on helped relief pitcher Chandler Fochs reach the mandatory three-batter minimum to exit the contest in the middle of a frame. Charlie Campbell then entered the game and became eligible for the playoffs should the Woodchucks advance. All players must appear in a Northwoods League game on or before August 4 to be postseason-eligible. 

Campbell allowed a double but induced a lineout to second baseman Harrison Long as the Woodchucks left Athletic Park with a 4-3 win. 

Wisconsin’s victory avenges a 5-2 loss to Fond du Lac Monday, securing a series split. They improve to 38-23 and 17-9 in the second half and move into a first place tie in the Great Lakes West Second Half standings, sharing the lead with the Spiders.

In the second inning, the Woodchucks scored first with a two-out triple off the wall by Ryan Sepede, scoring Colton Vincent from first base.

Fond du Lac scored twice in the third to go ahead before a Sepede solo homer made it 2-2 in the fifth.

Wisconsin grabbed a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Stephen Reid scored Long, again with two outs. An inning later, a Vincent ground ball down the first base line was just fair, and scored pinch runner Aaron Simmons in the eighth to provide insurance for the Woodchucks. 

The win is the Chucks’ seventh in their last nine games. It is the last time the Dock Spiders visit Wausau during the 2021 regular season.

Top Performers

Starting pitcher Dante Chirico commanded seven frames, striking out seven, walking just one and surrendering two runs.

Tommy Wahl pitched a scoreless eighth inning. 

Campbell earned a one-out save for the Chucks. It was Wisconsin’s 23rd team save this season, which is a league-high. 

Sepede went 2-4 with a triple and solo homer. 

Vincent caught two Dock Spiders trying to steal third base. Fond du Lac entered the matchup with 203 stolen bases, tops in the Northwoods League as well as first overall in league history. The catcher also went 2-4 with a run and an RBI double. 

Next Up

The Woodchucks host the Battle Creek Bombers for a doubleheader Thursday at Athletic Park. Game 1 is at 5:05 p.m. and Game 2 will follow 30 minutes after the first matchup. With Game 2 being a makeup of a July 7 rainout between the teams at Battle Creek’s C.O. Brown Stadium, Wisconsin will be designated as the road team in that contest only.

A Super Hero Woody Bobblehead will be given to the first 800 fans presented by Crystal Finishing Systems & JDRF.

For tickets, call us at 715.845.5055, stop by our front office, or visit woodchucks.com.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 3 @ Wisconsin Woodchucks 4

Game Date: Wednesday August 4th, 2021

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W: Chirico (3-2, 4.53 ERA) L: Suddreth (0-1, 4.50 ERA) SV: Campbell (1)

McDonald, Kyte LF 2000.278
Loftin, Jackson SS 4011.301
Harris, Calvin DH 3000.319
Lasko, Ryan CF 4000.263
Manthey, Connor 3B 4000.241
Trembley, Colin RF 3100.143
Rios, Alberto C 4121.292
Comer, Bradley 1B 3111.333
– Carpenter, Tommy PR  1B 1000.000
Mckelvey, Christian 2B 2010.250
Sepede, Ryan RF  1B 4122.378
Kilpatrick, Kevin CF 3010.339
Reid, Stephen DH 3011.351
Burke, Jacob LF 3000.214
McCabe, Ben 1B 1000.229
– Simmons, Aaron RF  PR 0100.000
Watkins, Brock SS 4000.143
Catalano, Anthony 3B 3000.208
Vincent, Colton C 4121.186
Long, Harrison 2B 3100.265

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders

2B: A. Rios 2 (3); B. Comer 1 (1); J. Loftin 1 (11);

RBI: B. Comer 1 (1); J. Loftin 1 (50); A. Rios 1 (2);

SB: C. Harris 1 (3); J. Loftin 1 (44);

CS: J. Loftin 2 (10);

Team LOB: 5;

Wisconsin Woodchucks

2B: C. Vincent 1 (2);

3B: R. Sepede 1 (1);

HR: R. Sepede 1 (4);

RBI: R. Sepede 2 (17); S. Reid 1 (26); C. Vincent 1 (14);

HBP: K. Kilpatrick 1 (4);

SB: K. Kilpatrick 1 (11);

E: B. Watkins 1 (1); A. Catalano 1 (13);

Team LOB: 8;

McKenna, Connor5.03225213.74
– Suddreth, Jake2.02111404.50
– Go, David1.01111309.00
Chirico, Dante7.04221704.53
– Wahl, Tommy1.00001100.00
– Fochs, Chandler0.201111013.50
– Campbell, Charlie0.11000000.00

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders

WP: D. Go 1 (1);

HB: C. McKenna 1 (7);

SO: C. McKenna 2 (37); J. Suddreth 4 (4); D. Go 3 (3);

BB: C. McKenna 5 (31); J. Suddreth 1 (1); D. Go 1 (1);

BF: C. McKenna 22 (237); J. Suddreth 9 (9); D. Go 5 (5);

P-S: C. McKenna 74-41; J. Suddreth 28-18; D. Go 23-12;

Wisconsin Woodchucks

SO: D. Chirico 7 (39); T. Wahl 1 (1); C. Fochs 1 (1);

BB: D. Chirico 1 (17); T. Wahl 1 (1); C. Fochs 1 (1);

BF: D. Chirico 25 (200); T. Wahl 5 (5); C. Fochs 3 (3); C. Campbell 2 (2);

P-S: D. Chirico 88-61; T. Wahl 17-7; C. Fochs 6-6; C. Campbell 9-5;

Umpires: Plate: R. Knox-Reyes 1B: S. Fernandez 3B: F. Jones

Weather: Sunny

Start time: 6:35 pm (Central)

Duration: 02:29:00

Attendance: 1190

Venue: Athletic Park