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Woodchucks fall to LaCrosse again

Woody Woodchuck
Woody Woodchuck

LACROSSE, Wis (Woodchucks-WSAU) For the second time in three nights, the La Crosse Loggers used a three-run home run to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks as the Woodchucks fell, 8-4.

The Woodchucks got to business right away in the first inning off of Logger starter Brando Tessar. With Danny Susdorf on first after a lead-off walk, Cody Regis murdered a ball to right-center field, picking up his sixth home run of the season and giving the ‘Chucks a 2-0 lead.

The Loggers countered in the first with three runs of their own. Lead-off batter Louie Lechich reached on a throwing error by Garrett Yrigoyen, and scored with two outs on a wild pitch by Woodchuck starter Derek Peterson. With two outs, the Loggers got four consecutive hits, including RBI-singles by Bobby Juan and Tyler Smith, making it a 3-2 Logger lead. However, because all of the runs scored with two outs after the error by Yrigoyen, all of the runs were unearned.

Peterson threw only two innings for the Woodchucks, as had been the plan coming into the game. Peterson allowed three runs on four hits, but none of the runs were earned. With the Woodchucks needing help on the pitching staff, the effort by Peterson was greatly appreciated by the coaching staff.

The ‘Chucks also got a solid performance out of the bullpen from Brock Heerdt. Heerdt came on in relief of Peterson in the third and pitched three shut-out innings, allowing only three hits and one walk.

The score stayed 3-2 until the top half of the sixth, when the Woodchucks flashed their power yet again. The lead-off batter in the inning, Austin Coleman, crushed a ball to right-center that got over the wall for Coleman’s sixth home run of the season. Two batters later, Dimitri De La Fuente followed suit and hit a home run of his own to left field, his third of the season. It was the second time of the week that Coleman and De La Fuente had homered in the same inning as they did the same in game one of a double-header with the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Wednesday.

The Loggers didn’t allow the Woodchucks to enjoy the lead for long, however, as they tied it up in the bottom of the sixth on their fourth unearned run of the game, this time off of Gabe Feldman.

In the eighth, the Loggers came through for the second time in three nights with a three-run homer in a tie game in the eighth. This time, with two on and one out, it was Jimmy Bosco with a three-run home run off of Anthony Drobnick. La Crosse tacked on another run later in the inning, but it would not matter as the ‘Chucks went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, giving the Loggers the 8-4 win and the series sweep.

Drobnick picked up the loss as he fell to 1-6 on the season, and Michael Schum got the win, improving to 6-3 on the year.