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Woodchucks unleash offense, throttling Mallards 16-9

Woody Woodchuck
Woody Woodchuck

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU-Woodchucks) - The bottom of the Wisconsin Woodchucks order would record ten runs batted in and nine runs scored as the Woodchucks defeated the Madison Mallards 16-9.

Austin Diemer finished a double short of the cycle, going 4-4 with four RBI’s and four runs scored. Kirby Taylor added four hits as well including two doubles, two RBI’s, and three runs scored. Number nine batter Edgar Figueroa finished a home run short of the cycle, finishing 3-4 with four RBI’s and two runs scored.

The Woodchucks would get the scoring started early as they put up a pair of runs in the top of the first off of Mallards starter Nick Smith. After a Tyler Stieb lead-off walk, Garrett Rucker singled to extend his hitting streak to ten games, sending Stieb to third base. Rucker would attempt to steal second, but the throw from Mallards catcher Jason Goldstein went into center field, allowing Stieb to score and giving the Woodchucks a 1-0 advantage. Rucker would score as well in the inning on a base-hit by John Clay Reeves to make it a 2-0 game.

After Matt Ditman held the Mallards off the board in the bottom of the first, Austin Diemer led off the second inning with a solo home run to left, his fourth home run of the season and second of the series, to make it 3-0 Woodchucks. The Woodchucks would tack on one more run in the frame as Kirby Taylor scored on a groundout by Stieb to extend the lead to 4-0.

The scoring was not done there. With two outs in the third inning, the Woodchucks strung together four consecutive hits to post three more runs on the board. Diemer recorded his second RBI of the game on a bloop hit to left that scored Levi Meyer. Jake Jefferies would also score on the play on a throwing error by right fielder Drew Weeks that sent Diemer to third. Diemer would score on an RBI-infield single by Taylor to make it 7-0 Woodchucks.

The Mallards would score their first runs off of Ditman in the bottom of the third inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Brock Stewart and Goldstein recorded back-to-back RBI singles to plate a pair of runs for the Mallards and cut the Woodchuck lead to five runs. The Mallards would score their third unanswered run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Joe McCarthy to cut the deficit to four runs after four innings of play.

The Woodchucks would respond with a run of their own in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Edgar Figueroa to make the lead 8-3 in favor of the Woodchucks. The Mallards would do their damage in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, John LaPrise drew a full-count walk to drive in a run. The fourth ball did not miss by much, and, while in his crouch, the Woodchuck catcher Reeves was ejected. Jameel Ziadeh and Ryan McCarthy would also be ejected. The next batter was Joe McCarthy, who hit a game-tying grand slam to make it eight runs apiece.

Despite the adversity, the Woodchucks would not give in. After a two-out double by Taylor, Figueroa doubled into the left field corner, scoring Taylor and Diemer, and reclaiming the lead for the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Figueroa would come around to score as well on Stieb’s second RBI of the game, this one on a single, to make it an 11-8 lead for the Woodchucks.

The magic would continue in the eighth. Again with two outs, the Woodchucks mounted another rally. After a single by Jefferies, a triple by Diemer, double by Taylor, triple by Figueroa, and a single by Stieb plated four more runs to make it a 15-8 lead.

The Woodchucks would tack on one more run on a Rucker solo home run in the ninth, but they would not need it as they defeated the Mallards 16-9.

The Woodchucks will head home Friday for a three-game series with the La Crosse Loggers. First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with the gates opening at 5:35 p.m. Fireworks will follow the games on Friday and Saturday.