DiPasquale and Stott Lead Rafters to Win Against Chinooks
Six innings from the starter pave the way for Rapids in Lakeshore
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Even with a rain delay, Wisconsin Rapids’ (30-9) starting pitcher Quinn DiPasquale (5-1) tossed seven innings to pace the Rafters in a 3-2 win in Lakeshore (19-19) on Friday.
For the second straight game, the Rafters put a run on in the first inning. Bryson Stott walked and advanced to third when Lakeshore starter Austin Jones (1-1) picked off to first and the ball got away from the first basemen. Dustin Woodcock singled to left to put Rapids ahead 1-0.
Stott led off the third with a single, and scored for Rapids on a ball hit to third by Ryan Stekl as Jack Dunn rushed the throw over to first. Stott scored all the way from first as the ball rolled toward right field.
DiPasquale worked in way in to trouble in the third, but left two Chinooks on base to preserve the 2-0 lead heading into the fourth.
After a rain delay, Rapids loaded the bases on three straight walks from new pitcher Peter Bovenzi of Lakeshore. Nick Campe entered to pitch for the Chinooks, and got a double play, but delivered a wild pitch to bring home the Rafters third run of the game.
Lakeshore loaded the bases in the fifth inning, scoring one run on a fielder’s choice by the Rafters defense to pull the score to 3-1. The RBI is credited to Matthew Mika for the Chinooks. Lakeshore added one in the sixth on passed ball with the bases loaded to pull the game to 3-2.
Cameron Busby earned the save for the second time this season, tossing a scoreless ninth to close the door for the Rafters in a 3-2 victory. DiPasquale earns his fifth win on the season, while the loss goes to Jones.
Stott led the Rafters, reaching base four times, twice with a hit, and twice with a walk.
Coverage of tomorrow’s game starts at 6:20 p.m. for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch in Lakeshore on AM 1320 WFHR and WFHR.com, the Rafters Radio Network. This is the second and final game of the series.
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