he Wisconsin Woodchucks could never get things going offensively, as they fell to the Lakeshore Chinooks, 2-1, Wednesday night at Kapco Park. The Chinooks clinched the second half title in the South Division. With Kenosha losing also the Woodchucks are now up 1 1/2 games with 4 to play in the battle for the second playoff spot.
The Woodchucks (21-13, 39-29) sent the minimum to the plate through the first five and two-thirds innings, before second baseman Zak Leighton singled to left field and center fielder Taylor Kohlwey walked.
The only real threat offensively for the Chucks came in the ninth inning. Kohlwey led off and walked. With one out, first baseman Brendon Hayden walked and third baseman Paul DeJong was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Designated hitter Blair Beck drove home a run with a walk, cutting the Woodchucks’ deficit to 2-1. However, catcher Zach Arnold popped out and shortstop Ryan Howard struck out, ending the game.
Lakeshore’s (25-8, 49-18) pitching dominated throughout. Starting righty James Teague fired four scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out two. Fellow righty Sterling Koerner picked up the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings. Lefty Hunter Devall picked up his second save of the year in the pressure-filled ninth.
The Woodchucks got another stellar start from righty Alex Phillips, who gave up two runs on four hits in five and two-thirds innings, striking out four and walking two. Offensively, Wisconsin managed just three hits on the night, singles from Leighton, Kohlwey and Blair Beck.
The Woodchucks are back in action on Thursday night, as they take on the Duluth Huskies in the first of two in Duluth. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. You can hear the game on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9.
Rest of NWL Scores
Green Bay 3 Kenosha 0
Wisconsin Rapids 12 Battle Creek 5
Duluth 3 Eau Claire 2
Duluth 8 Eau Claire 1
Rochester 6 St. Cloud 3 (11 innings)
Madison 6 Alexandria 4
Mankato 4 Willmar 0
Waterloo 6 Thunder Bay 3
Kalamazoo 7 La Crosse 6