I had a chance to catch a ballgame between the LaCrosse Loggers and Rochester Honkers at the Lumberyard in LaCrosse over the weekend. The teams are both members of the Northwoods League, a summer wood bat league for college athletes that is very similar to the Cape Cod League.
After I waited in line for food for the first two innings of the game, my family and I were treated to a well-played ballgame. It was a pitcher’s duel throughout, with Lakeville, MN native Bret Mitchell pitching for Rochester against Steve Gruver, who pitches for the University of Tennessee during the school year. The respective pitchers held the opposition to just a single run through seven innings of work for each.
With the score still tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, LaCrosse’s catcher Robert Brantly (from UC-Riverside) hit a walk-off, three-run home run to earn the home team a 4-1 victory.
I complain in this space about the length of major league games often, and found an antidote that evening in LaCrosse. The time of game was a tidy 2:27, meaning that I missed just about a fifth of that waiting in line for a “Logger Dog,” but was able to stay, two-year-old in tow, for the entire nine innings.
The grandparents were in charge of the camera, so there aren’t any pictures of the actual baseball game – just the important stuff: