Dorraugh strikes twice as Wausau Woodchucks baseball team blasts Green Bay
For Wausau Pilot & Review
WAUSAU — The Wausau Woodchucks demolished the Green Bay Rockers 8-3 in Northwoods League baseball action on a glorious Wednesday night at Athletic Park.
The Chucks started the game with a bang. Pitcher Jack Wenninger (Illinois) retired two of the first three Rockers batters he faced, setting the mood for the game. Hunter Dorraugh (San Jose State) followed suit at bat, hammering a home run on his very first swing of the night to put the Chucks ahead by one run.
The Rockers were able to tackle a run in the top of the second inning after hitting back-to-back doubles, but their pitcher was unable to maintain momentum, loading the bases with just one out and then walking both Brents Widder (Evansville) and Mark Shallenberger (Evansville) to give the Chucks an easy two points. Brock Watkins (BYU) started another run for the Chucks with a single, followed by Shallenberger heading home on wild pitch to make it 6-1.
Kaeber Rog (Southern Illinois) followed Shallenberger’s lead, also scoring on wild pitch late in the third to score another run for the Chucks.
To add to the Rockers’ misfortune, Dorraugh (San Jose State) blasted his second home run of the night out of the park, tacking another run for the Chucks late in the fourth.
Nate Madej (Florida Southern) came on for Wenninger (Illinois) in the top of the seventh, who allowed the Rockers just three hits in six pitching innings. David Barret (Florida State) then came on to relieve Madej in the top of the eighth, allowing the Rockers two runs but managing to close the inning and prevent Green Bay from rallying.
The Woodchucks had Tyler Denu (Evansville) close out the game high in the ninth inning, ending any hopes the Rockers had on a rally by striking out two batters, with the last out coming an out to right field.
The Woodchucks (15-16) will be on the road for their next six games starting with a game at Green Bay (10-21) Thursday, which kicks off at 6:35 p.m.