Rafters Take on Kingfish in Saturday Double-Header
Wisconsin Rapids seeks 4-0 start against Kenosha this year
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – To make up for a rainout earlier this year, Wisconsin Rapids (35-13, 8-4) is set to play two in Kenosha (28-20, 6-7) at Simmons Field on Saturday.
The Rafters come off a win in their last game against the Mallards in Madison before the second game of the series was postponed due to rain on Friday.
In the series-opening win, the Rafters used late offense in a 5-2 win behind three runs in the eighth inning on Thursday, while Layne Henderson closed the game out for his 12th save.
The scoring got underway in the bottom of the third when Thomas Smart launched a solo home run off Rafters starter Isaiah Carranza to give the Mallards a 1-0 lead.
The Rafters offense responded in the sixth when Nick Anderson led off with a walk. Dustin Woodcock singled to put runners at the corners, while Bryson Stott and Christian Jones each drove in a run with RBI base hits to left field.
Madison wasted no time in tying the game in the sixth. Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. drove a single to right to score Zac Taylor to even the game at two after six.
In the bottom of the seventh, Madison loaded the bases after Cade Bunnell was hit by a pitch, while Daily and Taylor drew walks. Mason McReaken (2-1) struck out Doran Turchin to stand all three runners and keep the scored tied 2-2.
Jones led off the eighth with a walk for the Rafters, and scored on a Daily error to give the Rafters a 3-2 lead. Ryan Stekl and Scott Kapers notched back-to-back hits to load the bases, and Guenther scored on a wild pitch. Charlie McConnell grounded into a fielder’s choice to put Wisconsin Rapids in the lead 5-2 that Henderson closed out.
On the mound for the Rafters on Saturday in game one is Jesse Slinger (5-1). The right-hander owns a 2.35 ERA in seven starts on the year. Slinger’s best start on the season came on Independence Day, where the sophomore tossed a complete game against Rockford in a 14-1 victory. Slinger has three starts on the season of six or more innings.
Kenosha sends George Faue (0-2) from Northern Illinois to the mound against the Rafters. The left-hander owns a 4.09 ERA in 33 innings with 25 strikeouts. In his last start, Faue tossed five innings at Kalamazoo, allowing an earned run in the 5-4 win. Faue has gone five innings or more in five starts this year.
First pitch for game one is set for 1:05 p.m. with coverage beginning at 12:50 p.m. on AM 1320 WFHR and WFHR.com, the Rafters Radio Network. Game two is slated to start at 6:35 p.m. with coverage starting at 6:25 p.m.
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