On Wednesday, Lakeshore could not overcome the seven-run fifth by Wisconsin Rapids. The team split the series and lost 8-2.
The Rafters got things going in the third. With two outs, designated-hitter Michael Jurgella got a base hit off Garrett Brummett (Wichita State). He scored on a Clark Eagan double.
In the fifth, Wisconsin Rapids scored seven runs. Eagan led off with his second double on the day. Third baseman Keelin Rasch followed with a single. Eagan came home on a throwing error by shortstop Blake Butler (College of Charleston).
Brummett issued a walk to catcher Tyler Servais and then hit Shawn Hagarty. Center Kirby McGuire hit a three-run double. The Rafters led 6-0.
The right-handed Brummett was replaced by Kyle Wood (Purdue). Shortstop Zack Domingues advanced to first on Butler’s second error and McGuire scored. Domingues also scored on a wild pitch by Wood.
Second baseman Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) began the sixth with a double. With two away, Zack Bowers (Georgia) hit a two-run homer off Rapids starter Jake Cage.
Wood pitched two and two-thirds in relief of Brummett. He gave up one unearned run off one hit. The southpaw also had four strikeouts.
Ryan Radue (Connecticut) tossed two solid innings and struck out two.
The righty Cage (2-0) picked up his second win of the season. In six innings, he gave up two runs off four hits. Cage struck out three and walked two.
Brummett (2-1) took his first loss. In four and one-third innings, he gave up seven runs (six earned) off 10 hits.
Lakeshore will play the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday (6:35 p.m.) and Friday (7:05 p.m.). The team travels to La Crosse to play Saturday and Sunday, before the three-day Northwoods League All-Star Break.
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