Wausau—June 17, 2011— (WSAU) The Wisconsin Woodchucks won their second consecutive game Friday night, topping the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters by way of a bottom-of-the-ninth walk-off single.
After falling behind 8—2 following the fifth inning the ‘Chuck rallied back with scores of one, four, and one in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings— winning on a bases-loaded Shain Stoner single, 9—8.
Ryan Iverson took the win, advancing the ‘Chucks to 7—9 — only two games below .500 and three games out of first place in the South Division — while Kevin Wild’s loss dropped the Rafters to 3—13.
The Rafters struck early off of Woodchucks’ starter Jordan Luvisi, scoring an unearned run in the first inning, and two more runs in the third— as Bobby Martin, who led off with a single, would score on a Cody Koback triple, before Brandon Hohl would plate Koback with a sacrifice fly.
Down 4—0 early, the ‘Chucks got one back in their half of the third, as two-out single by Mike Gerber would turn into an RBI hit-and-run double by Austin Coleman.
The Rafters, however, would hang a big crooked number in the following frame off of Woodchucks’ reliever Derek Howell, as Brandon Hohl and Kyle Peterson reached safely to start the inning on a walk and hit by pitch. With one down, Rafters’ first baseman Joshua Cyr would smash a no-doubter to leftfield, scoring three, before Sam Montgomery would follow up the shot with a homerun of his own— making the score 8—3, Rafters.
The ‘Chucks would score one and strand the bases loaded in the seventh inning, before finally breaking though on a bend-not-break Wisconsin Rapids pitching staff in the eighth.
Danny Susdorf led off the inning with a single, before being picked off by southpaw Evan Stermer. Two pitches later, Mike Gerber would hit a solo homerun — his second of the season — to make the score 8—5. After an Austin Coleman groundout, Shain Stoner and Tyler Heineman would hit a double and a single, putting two on with two down for Kyle DeMerritt.
The shortstop Demmerrit — who stands 5-foot-8 inches tall — would work the count full on reliever Evan Stermer, before tying up the game 8—8 on a rocket homerun to left field.
After Ryan Iverson would come on to pitch the Rafters’ half of the ninth — allowing two on but getting through the frame unscathed — the ‘Chucks would have the top of the order coming up in ninth.
Brain Carroll — who went 3-5 with a double, walk, run, and two RBI in his first Woodchucks appearance — led off the inning by legging out an infield single. Danny Susdorf followed suit with a single of his own, before Mike Gerber would give himself up, and advance both runners into scoring position.
With one down, the Rafters elected to walk Austin Coleman, before Shain Stoner would deliver in the clutch, knocking in the game-winning run on a hard-hit single to left field.
The Woodchucks offense exploded off of the Rafters, collecting 18 hits and nine total base-on-balls — stranding 16 runners in the process.
The Woodchucks did allow eight runs on thirteen hits, but took their second consecutive game over Wisconsin Rapids, securing the sweep of the two-game away-home set.
The Woodchucks travel to Eau Claire on Saturday, before returning for a 5:05 pm Fathers Day-matinee against the Express on Sunday.
The Rest of NWL Scores for Friday
Green Bay 15 Madison 3
Waterloo 5 LaCrosse 4
Eau Claire 7 Battle Creek 5
St. Cloud 3 Rochester 1
Willmar 6 Thunder Bay 4
Mankato 6 Duluth 1