LACROSSE, Wis (Woodchucks-WSAU) Bobby Juan of the La Crosse Loggers broke a franchise record with six RBI’s against the Wisconsin Woodchucks as the Loggers pummeled the ‘Chucks 17-2 in a preview of the first round of the Northwoods League playoffs.
Austin Pettibone got the start for the Woodchucks, trying to continue a hot streak that had seen him go 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA in his last three starts. After Pettibone retired the last 18 batters he faced in his last start against the Green Bay Bullfrogs, he would retire the first four he faced against the Loggers before their first base hit. With one out in the second, Kevin Kramer hit a groundball through the left side of the infield for a base hit. After Kramer stole second, Brandon Bednar lined a ball down the third base line to drive in Kramer and give the Loggers a 1-0 lead.
After Logger starter Josh Frye faced the minimum in the third, the Logger offense busted open against Pettibone. After two singles and walk loaded the bases with no outs, Bobby Juan lined a double in the left center field gap that scored all three runners, giving the Loggers a 4-0 lead. Juan would score later on a Bednar single, Bednar’s second RBI of the game, extending it to a 5-0 Logger lead.
The Woodchucks would finally get on the board against Frye in the fourth inning. After Frye retired the first ten batters he faced, the next five would reach for the Woodchucks on one walk and four consecutive singles. With the bases loaded and two outs, Madison Carter singled to center field, scoring Eric Filia-Snyder and Brendon Hayden cutting the Loggers’ lead to three runs.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Loggers would explode for their second nine-plus run inning in the last two days. After scoring 11 runs in the first against the Eau Claire Express on Monday, the Loggers pushed across nine runs against Pettibone and reliever Bex Trout. In the fourth alone, the Loggers received a three-run home run by Juan, a three-run double by Austin Bailey and a two-run home run by Jimmy Bosco as the Loggers took a 14-2 lead.
The Loggers would tack on one more in the fifth and two more in the eighth on Bosco’s second home run of the night, but they would not need it as they coasted to the
The ‘Chucks and Loggers will square off again tomorrow at 7:05 for the second game of the three-game series. The Woodchucks will also face the Loggers in the first round of the Northwoods League playoffs, which start on Monday. To reserve your tickets now, go to woodchucks.com. You'll hear Wednesday night's game, and all the playoff action, on Fox Sports 1390.