Loggers rally in ninth inning to defeat the Woodchucks, 5-4
WAUSAU—July 12, 2013—The Wisconsin Woodchucks fell to the La Crosse Loggers 5-4, thanks to a deciding runs in the top of the ninth inning after the Woodchucks scored three runs in the eighth inning to even the game up.
The Loggers took an early lead as Brandon DeFazio hit an Adam Kramer fastball over the left field wall to give the Loggers a 1-0 advantage.
A wild pitch by Loggers' starting pitcher Zack Reser allowed Matt Tellor to score on the play. Tellor lead off the inning with a double in his first game back after receiving stitches in his leg after Monday night's game.
The score would remain tied at one until the top of the eighth inning when Michael Katz hit a towering home run over the left-center field fence that brought home Eric Toole and Mike Nadratowski to give the Logger a late 4-1 lead.
Jake Jefferies hit a home run of his own to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to begin the Woodchucks rally in the inning. Brandon Krieg came into score after Josh-Goossen Brown hit a double into the left-center field gap. In the next at-bat, thanks to a wild throw by Loggers' shortstop Brandon DeFazio, Goossen-Brown came into score to even up the game at four.
The Loggers would answer in the top of the ninth inning when DeFazio redeemed himself coming into score when Connor Teykl grounded out to shortstop which would be the deciding run for the Loggers.
Kravetz Retires 14-Straight As Rafters Race Past Eau Claire, 5-2
Wisconsin Rapids, WI- John Kravetz was masterful as the Illinois prospect twirled 7 1/3 innings pitched and at one point retired 14-straight batters to earn his team-leading fourth win of the season in leading the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters over the Eau Claire Express, 5-2, Friday evening at Carson Park.
The win moved the Rafters back to the .500 mark on the season at 22-22 through the seasons first 44 games played. The 7 1/3 innings pitched this season by Kravetz is the most by a Rafters pitcher this season.