(WAOW) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks (0-1, 18-18) lost a seesaw battle to the Madison Mallards (1-0, 18-16) in Madison Friday night in an exciting, 7-6 extra-inning game.
Nick Capito (2-0) started for the Woodchucks, and got ahead of many Mallards, but struggled to put hitters away with two strikes, and allowed 6 hits and 4 runs in 3.2 innings. The Mallards scored one in the first and two in the second off Capito to lead 3-0.
The ‘Chucks rallied back in fourth, helped by an error by Mallard first basemen Ryan Levine, and scored 3 unearned runs off starter Rusty Shellhorn (2-1) to knot the game at 3-3. The Mallards got one back in the fourth when Capito allowed back-to-back two-out singles and the Mallards lead 4-3. Cory Hall (1-1) finished the inning for Capito, and proceeded to hold down the Mallards through the eight inning, with a finishing line on 3.2 innings, 2 hits, no runs, and 6 strikeouts. At one point Hall retired 10 straight Mallards.
With Hall dominating the Madison bats, the Woodchucks put together single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth to tie, take the lead, and provide insurance for the pitching. Hall left the ballgame with one out in the eighth and a 6-4 lead. Anthony Drobnick (1-2) finished the fourth inning, and the Woodchucks took a two run lead to the ninth.
Drobnick came out for the save in the ninth, but allowed an RBI triple high off the wall to Adam Davis that brought the game to 6-5 with the tying run on third. Two hitters later, Ryan Levine hit a slow roller to third that Travis Whitmore fielded and threw home. Davis slid under Sharif Othman's tag, and the game was tied 6-6.
Chris Licon (2-2) entered to pitch the tenth, but allowed three straight hitters to reach, loading the bases with one out. Licon then struck out cleanup hitter Harold Riggans, before JR Graham hit an infield single past the diving Whitmore to score the winning run. Graham had also pitched a 1-2-3 top of the tenth and earned his first win of the season.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks