Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

We continue our timeskip out of order this week with a look at the 1997 season.

The Timber Rattlers of 1997 followed up the ’96 squad with another playoff appearance, but this team was did not have an abundance of walkoff victories, until the last ten days of the regular season.

Also, we have a rare occurrence. Catcher Scott Steinmann had a walkoff hit against Rockford on May 30, scored a walkoff run against Rockford on August 31, and allowed a walkoff hit at Rockford on July 16.

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Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to help. HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: May 11
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Mike Burrows
PITCHER: Kevin Zaleski
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Mike Burrows with a 2-out, 2-run home run!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 6-1 in this game.

DATE: May 30 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Scott Steinmann
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Steinmann
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 5, Rockford 4 (8)
NOTE: The first game of the doubleheader went one extra inning. The Cubbies scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Then, the Rattlers scored three in the bottom of the eighth to win.

DATE: August 20
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Carlos Maldonado
PITCHER: Pete Harvell
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carlos Maldonado’s RBI single drove in Jose Castro with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 5
NOTE: Pete Harvell was a member of the Duluth-Superior Dukes in 1996 and 1998. I was a radio announcer for that Northern League franchise in both of those seasons.

DATE: August 27
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Adonis Harrison
PITCHER: Brandon Baird
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Adonis Harrison’s RBI single with the bases loaded drove in Jose Castro.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Lansing 2
NOTE: It is noted in the game story that John Wollner, the President of Appleton Professional Baseball, announced before the game that he would step down at the end of the season.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Ramon Vazquez
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ramon Vazquez hits a leadoff homer!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 6, Rockford 5
NOTE: Fernando Espino hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game.

DATE: August 31
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
BATTER: Fernando Espino
PITCHER: Trevor Schaeffer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Fernando Espino grounded to short and Scott Steinmann scored from third when the throw home was a little up the first base line.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Rockford 6
NOTES: That was the third time Schaeffer was on the mound for Rockford when the Rattlers won on a walkoff. The story notes that Mike Marchiano was hit in the head with a pitch in the first inning. Steinmann entered the game – the last of the regular season – for Marchiano and proceeded to play every position (except pitcher). The Rattlers led 5-2 heading to the top of the ninth inning, but Rockford scored four runs in their last at bat to take a 6-5 lead.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 4
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: Brian McClure
PITCHER: Javier Gutierrez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Brian McClure’s RBI single scores Rodney Lindsay.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 5, Wisconsin 4 (14)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the 13th for a 4-3 lead. But, Clinton tied the game with a run in the bottom of the 13th and won the game on McClure’s single.

DATE: May 5
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Riverview Stadium
BATTER: Adam Cross
PITCHER: Albert Derenches
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Adam Cross drives in the winning run with a bases loaded single.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTE: Rattlers were up 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Brian McClure tied the game with a 2-run single and scored the winning run on the single by Cross.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Larry Glozier
PITCHER: Albert Derenches
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Larry Glozier’s RBI single.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: Kane County tied the game in the ninth on a two-out, two-run single by Jeff Venghaus.

DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Gary LoCurto
PITCHER: Brian Fitzgerald
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gary LoCurto‘s RBI single scored Rontiez Johnson.
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5 (11)
NOTE: Michigan scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the eleventh for a 5-4 lead, but Michigan scored two runs in the bottom of the eleventh for the 6-5 win.

DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
STADIUM: Marinelli Field
BATTER: Julio Zuleta
PITCHER: Jeromy Palki
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Zuelta
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6 (10)
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers were up 2-0 in this game. But, the Cubs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth. Then, Zuleta drove in the winning run in the ninth.

DATE: July 16
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Kevin Baderdeen
PITCHER: Scott Steinmann
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Baderdeen
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 6 (10)
NOTE: Steinmann had to come into this game…for some reason. He got the first two outs in the bottom of the tenth. But, he issued a walk and a wild pitch to set up Baderdeen’s game winning single.

DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Jamie Lopiccolo
PITCHER: Allan Westfall
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopiccolo hit a 2-out RBI single to drive in Josh Klimek.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 3 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game 3-3.

DATE: August 10
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Jamie Lopiccolo
PITCHER: Russ Koehler
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lopiccolo homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th.
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 3 (11)
NOTE: That’s two walkoff hits in three days for Lopiccolo.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

 

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