Bullfrogs split with Woodchucks
By Murray Gleffe
GREEN BAY-The Green Bay Bullfrogs dropped the first of two by the final of 4-3.
However, they responded in Game 2 with a resounding 4-0 win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
(Game 1) After a scoreless first, the Woodchucks took the lead in the top half of the second.
Reese Alexiades had a lead-off walk.
After a ground out that advanced Alexiades to second, Isaac Quinones singled to center to put Wisconsin up 1-0 after one and one-half innings.
Both Zach De La Garza and Jason Applegate then settled in and retired batters at will.
The score would remain a one run deficit for the Bullfrogs until the top of the fifth.
Jaren Shelby singled to right field for the Woodchucks and then went to second with a stolen base.
Zach DeLoach walked and Alexiades was hit by a pitch loading the bases.
Another wild pitch by bullpen reliever McKinley Moore brought home a Woodchucks run to give them a 2-0 lead.
They weren’t done yet.
Moore walked the next batter.
Dylan Criquet Danielson grounded out but not before DeLoach scored to give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead.
The Bullfrogs finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning by not even getting a hit.
Alejandro Gonzalez was hit by pitcher Joey Hennessey and then Preston Pavlica, Luke Robinson, and Blaise Maris were each walked bringing home Gonzalez from third.
With Green Bay trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Andre Antone hit a line drive single down the third base line to give the ‘frogs’ a man on.
First basemen Riley Mihalik stepped in and blasted a ball over the fan deck in right field for a two run homer to deadlock the game at three apiece.
The Bullfrogs stopped the Woodchucks from scoring in the seventh after making two great defensive plays, but Wisconsin struck in the eighth after two consecutive wild pitches brought home the game winning run for the Woodchucks.
Trey Horton was the winning pitcher for the Woodchucks, and Moore took the loss for the Bullfrogs.
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(Game 2) After having their four-game winning streak snapped, the Bullfrogs jumped right back into the saddle 20 minutes later.
In the bottom of the second, with the score still scoreless, Green Bay’s Luke Robinson opened with a walk.
Antone then carried over his hitting from the first game and delivered another to send Robinson to third.
Cooper Morrison then took a ‘high heater’ and sent a double to the outfield scoring Robinson.
A minute later, Greg Dunham sent a pitch sailing past Woodchucks catcher Domenic DeRenzo sending Antone home from third. It gave the Bullfrogs a 2-0 lead.
Blake Nelson and Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo each hit ground outs.
However, the latter advanced Morrison home to put Green Bay up 3-0 after just two innings.
Sophomore Cody Norman (University of La Verne) was blistering on the mound, and continually fooled the Woodchuck hitters with his pitches.
Through three and one-half innings, Norman gave up four hits and no earned runs.
The Bullfrogs struck for one additional run in the bottom half of the same inning after the Woodchucks defense got very sloppy. Three errors in the inning (four for the game) led to their undoing.
Cardoza-Oquendo advanced to first on a throwing error and then scored an unearned run after another errant throw led to him crossing the coveted home plate.
Norman pitched one more inning in garnering the win. He threw 56 strikes before David Toth preserved the shutout for Green Bay.
The Bullfrogs (winners of five of their last six) will have a three-day sabbatical due to the All-Star Game. They will be back in action at Kalamazoo on July 26 where they will look to make a late season push towards the playoffs.
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