Rafters take on Bullfrogs in Green Bay
Wisconsin Rapids tries to snap two game skid
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – On the road set to take on Green Bay (9-12), the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-4) aim for their third win in three tries against the Bullfrogs from Joannes Stadium on Wednesday.
After two losses to the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Tuesday, the Rafters search for a win in Green Bay for the second time this year. The two teams met up at Witter Field earlier this year as well, with Wisconsin Rapids winning on the road 7-1, and at home 12-0.
On Tuesday, the Rafters traveled to Wausau for game one of the double-header. Wisconsin Rapids jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after a Ryan Stekl two-RBI single, but the Woodchucks tagged on four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to win 9-3.
Game two got off to a fast start for the Rafters at Witter Field. In the bottom of the second, the Rafters scored two runs off a Jake Guenther RBI double, and Sean Sutton’s run-scoring single. Charging in the middle innings once again, the Woodchucks scored two in the fifth on an Andrew Smith single, and took the lead for good the next inning when Aaron Soucy hit a three-run home-run to put Wisconsin up 5-4. The Woodchucks added one more to win 6-4 in the Tuesday nightcap.
On the mound for the Rafters to face the Bullfrogs is new pitcher Isaiah Carranza from Oregon. The right-hander completed his sophomore season this spring with the Ducks, appearing in nine games. Carranza tossed 30 innings, striking out 16 batters. In his freshman season in 2016, the La Verne, California native held a 3.63 ERA in 34 innings, making 19 appearances. This marks the first time Carranza is starting with the Rafters.
First pitch in Green Bay is slated for 7:05 pm. Coverage of the game can be found on WFHR 1320 AM or WFHR.com, the Rafters Radio Network. Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 pm.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit http://northwoodsleague.com/wisconsin-rapids-rafters/ or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.