Rafters Sweep Battle Creek in Offensive Explosion
Wisconsin Rapids defeats Battle Creek 14-9 in series finale.
Battle Creek, Mich.- The Rafters completed the sweep of the Battle Creek Bombers tonight at C.O. Brown Stadium by a score of 14-9. Wisconsin Rapids won their 28th game of the summer and are now four wins away from the franchise’s single season record. Joey Graziano (St. John’s) picked up the win for Wisconsin Rapids, while Nick Medeiros (Santa Clara) took the loss. The Rafters scored 23 runs in the two wins this weekend, and finished the season 5-2 against the Battle Creek Bombers.
Every player in the starting lineup tonight for the visitors touched home, as it was another team effort at the plate. Brock Carpenter (Seattle) had another outstanding day at the dish for Wisconsin Rapids, driving in 4 RBI’s and hitting his ninth double of the Northwoods League season. With the Rafters leading 12-8 in the eighth, Ryan Cleveland (Georgia Southern) hit his seventh home run of the season to put the game away for good. Jake Sandlin (Southern Mississippi) hit his Northwoods League leading 21st double of the summer while scoring a run on the night. The offensive catalysts Zack Domingues (Long Beach State) and Ernie Clement (Virginia) scored a combined five runs in the win for Wisconsin Rapids. Justin Kelly (UC Santa Barbara) threw two fantastic innings out of the bullpen, striking out five and sealing the win for the Rafters. It was the Rafters second sweep in the last week after they swept the Green Bay Bullfrogs on July 27th-28th.
The Rafters return home for a tripleheader tomorrow against the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Monday August 3rd. First pitch will be at 4:05 PM. Tickets are still available for all remaining Rafters home games, call 715-424-5400 or buy online at RaftersBaseball.com.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.