Road Trip for the Rafters Continues in Rockford on Monday
Wisconsin Rapids is 4-0 on current six-game road trip
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – With two games left on its current road trip, Wisconsin Rapids (38-13, 11-4) heads to Rockford (27-22, 10-5) for a two-game series at Rivets Stadium starting on Monday. The Rafters are 3-1 against the Rivets this season.
The Rafters come off a 2-1 victory on Sunday in Kenosha to wrap up three games in two days with the Kingfish.
Pitching headlined the first four innings as Wisconsin Rapids starter Quinn DiPasquale (6-1) worked out of two jams to keep the game scoreless through four.
The Rafters jumped on the board in the fifth inning off Kenosha starter Zach Stromberg (3-2). Bryson Stott led off the inning with a single and Jacson McGowan followed with a walk. Jake Guenther drove a single back up the middle to put the Rafters on the board, and Santino Rivera drove a sacrifice fly to right to extend the lead to 2-0 in the fifth.
Kenosha got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when Derek Bangert took DiPasquale deep on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat to make it a one-run game.
After a leadoff walk and a hit by pitch with nobody out in the ninth, Layne Henderson induced a fielder’s choice, worked a strikeout, and forced Connor Doyle to pop up to right to end the game. Henderson picked up his 13th save in as many tries this year.
On Monday the Rafters are set to start Josh Aguilar (1-1) from Citrus College. The righty has started two games and has pitched 11 and a third innings. Aguilar’s strongest start of the season came on July 6th at Green Bay, where he tossed six and two-third innings and struck out four in his Rafters debut. Aguilar started against Rockford in his last start, striking out four batters.
Rockford sends Brad Littleton of Indiana to the mound against the Rafters. The righty is 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in eight games, including four starts. In 25 innings, Littleton has 11 strikeouts.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Rivets Stadium, with pregame coverage starting at 6:20 p.m. on AM 1320 WFHR and WFHR.com, the Rafters Radio Network.
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, 180 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 www.raftersbaseball.comor download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.