Woodchucks' ninth inning rally comes up short as they fall to Huskies 4-3
WAUSAU—August 1, 2013—The Wisconsin Woodchucks got the tying run to first base but their ninth inning rally was cut short by the Duluth Huskies losing 4-3.
The Woodchucks broke the tie ball game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Rob Bennie came into score from a wild pitch by Huskies' starting pitcher Clay Chapman. Bennie reached base earlier in the inning as he hit a two-out triple off the left field wall.
The Huskies answered in the top of the fifth inning when Christopher Harvey came all the way from first to score off a double from Alex Wojciechowski to even the score 1-1.
The score remained tied until the top of the eighth inning when Michael Suiter came into score when Woodchucks' pitcher Taylor Chris' wild pitch went back to the backstop. The Huskies weren't done there as Brad Wilson scored on a ground ball under the glove of Woodchucks' first baseman Rob Bennie to give the Huskies a late 3-1 lead.
The Huskies got a very important insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Conor Szczerba scored on a grounder to third that took a bad hop to get by Mikole Pierce to give the Huskies a 4-1 lead.
The Woodchucks tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth as John Menken hit a two-run home run to left-center field to now trail 4-3. With the tying run on first base, Northwoods League all-star closer Nate Carter struck out the final batter to give the Huskies a 4-3 win.
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Wisconsin Rapids, WI- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (27-33, 8-17), loaded the bases in the ninth inning with just one out, but the Alexandria Blue Anchors (20-38, 10-15) reliever, Andrew Johnson, got the final two outs of the ninth inning to secure the 3-2 victory for the Blue Anchors Thursday night at Witter Field.
The one-run loss marks the fourth consecutive game decided by one-run that the Rafters have dropped, bringing their record in games decided by a single tally to 10-7.