Loggers win over Woodchucks
LA CROSSE, WI - Mother Nature forced Saturday night's game between the Loggers (16-9) and Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-15) to be called after just four and one-half innings. Fortunately, La Crosse held a 6-3 lead and picked up the win in-front of the second biggest crowd (5,433) in the Club's history.
The Woodchucks got things going in the top of the first inning for the second consecutive night. Steve Hagen (Wooster College) walked leadoff hitter Tyler Stieb to begin the game. Back-to-back singles by Matt Tellor and John Clay Reeves loaded the bases with just one out.
Hagen dug deep and struck out the next Woodchucks batter. Rob Bennie then drove in Stieb with a single of his own and an error brought around Tellor to push Wisconsin's lead to 2-0.
La Crosse also loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Singles by Johnny Bekakis (Long Beach State) and Nick Day (Iowa) as well as a walk to Kevin Zak (Grand Valley State) set the stage for Zack Rivera.
Rivera drove a 3-1 pitch far out of the stadium, but he was slightly early and it ended up as just a long strike. The freshman then grounded into an RBI fielder's choice to cut the lead to one run.
The Loggers struck again in the bottom of the second. Three consecutive singles by Connor Teykl (Rice), Bobby Juan (Minnesota) and Austin Rei (Washington) loaded the bases without an out recorded. A balk by Woodchucks starting pitcher Adam Kramer scored Teykl and tied the game.
Bekakis then notched his second single of the game, driving in both Juan and Rei. After a walk to day, Rivera drove in Bekakis with a single and an error by Wisconsin brought home Day.
A 6-2 lead would be all Hagen would need. The junior right-hander scattered five hits and one walk while striking out three. He gave up three earned runs in five innings en route to his third victory of the summer.
Juan finished the night 2-2 with a run scored. Center fielder Bekakis collected two hits, two runs and two runs batted in.
The rubber-match of the series will take place Sunday evening at Copeland Park. The gates will open at 4:00 with the first pitch being slated for 5:05pm.
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