Rafters Play Bullfrogs in Green Bay for Final Time
Green Bay attempts to win back-to-back games against Rapids
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – In the final meeting with Green Bay (14-30), Wisconsin Rapids (32-12) takes to the road to finish the season series at Joannes Stadium on Friday. The Bullfrogs defeated the Rafters 4-2 on Thursday for the first time this season to move the season series in to 6-1, in favor of the Rafters.
The Rafters scored first in the battle between South Division foes, opening the scoring in the second. Sunny Rivera worked a bases loaded walk to plate Jacson McGowan who walked to lead off the inning. An inning-ending double play put out the threat for Wisconsin Rapids, but carried a 1-0 lead after two.
Wisconsin Rapids added to their lead in the fifth, with a Bryson Stott RBI single scoring Charlie McConnell from second base. Stott’s 29th RBI on the season gave Rapids a 2-0 lead after five full innings from Witter Field.
Green Bay tied the game at two in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a Rafter miscue in the outfield. With one out and a runner on third, a high fly ball was lost in the lights and resulted in a double to put runners on second and third. Riley Smith delivered a two-RBI single with two outs in the frame to even the score.
Ben Hart gave the Bullfrogs their first lead of the game in the ninth, blasting a two-out, two-run home run to left off Cameron Busby (1-1). The go-ahead runs would prove to be the deciding factor in the game, with the final score of 4-2 in favor of Green Bay.
All-Star Jack Eagan is handed the ball in Green Bay for Wisconsin Rapids. The left has the most wins in the Northwoods League, standing at 6-0 with a 2.74 ERA. Eagan’s strongest start of the season came against the Wisconsin Woodchucks on June 18th, when he went six innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Eagan is the only pitcher in the league this season to have six wins, while his teammates Jesse Slinger and Quinn DiPasquale each have five.
Friday’s game in Green Bay is set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1320 WFHR and WFHR.com, the Rafters Radio Network.
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