Loggers Control Rafters; Win Streak to Six
The Loggers extended their current win streak to six games as they won the opener of a two-game series against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Sunday night at Copeland Park.
The Loggers got some help with their defense to start off the game. After Loggers' starter Brian Keller (UW-Milwaukee) let the Rafters put men on the corners, Keelin Rasch hit a potential sacrifice fly to right fielder Aaron Knapp (Cal), but Knapp would gun down the runner at third on his potential scoring threat.
The Loggers would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth, when catcher Adrian Chacon (North Carolina) doubled home Ryne Birk (Texas A&M). Next batter, shortstop Nash Knight (Dallas Baptist), would hit an RBI single to score Chacon and the Loggers had a 2-0 lead.
Keller was in control once again on Sunday evening. The right-hander pitched six innings, gave up one run, on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The Germantown native also notched his first win of the season.
With the Rafters threatening only down one run, the Loggers got some insurance in the bottom of the sixth. After a pair of walks, first basemen Ryan Kirby (San Diego) stepped in and took Rafters reliever Issac Behme deep for a three-run home run to give the Loggers a 5-1 lead.
In the ninth, closer Breckin Williams (Missouri) came in and closed the door on the Rafters to notch his third save.
The Loggers and Rafters will conclude their two-game series Monday night at Copeland Park, with the first pitch at 7:05.