Rafters Complete Sweep in Home Opener
Wisconsin Rapids bests Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-2.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters move to 3-1 on the season and sport a three-game win streak after tonight’s contest against the Wisconsin Woodchucks who are now 1-3. The Rafters started off hot in tonight’s home opener. After a three-up-three-down inning,the Rafters responded heavily with four hits in a row. Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) started off the first with a single, followed by a single from Payton Robertson (Lamar). Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) bombed a double to left center to bring Rivas home putting the Rafters up 1-0. Batting cleanup, Caeden Harris (St. Cloud State) placed a single on the left side scoring Robertson. Two batters and one out later Bret Fehr (SIU Edwardsville) had a sacrifice fly to deep right field scoring Harris to give the Rafters an early and commanding 3-0 lead.
The score remained unchanged until the fifth inning when the Woodchucks put up two runs. The Rafters still led the game 3-2.
Wisconsin Rapids puts up another run in the sixth to answer the Woodchucks. With two outs, Bret Fehr advanced on an error and Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois) stretched a double to score Fehr making the score 4-2. The cranberry and gold also add two runs in the seventh, set up by a single from Robertson and an error. Those two came home when Jake Dunham collected two RBI’s with a double to right field. This put the Rafters up 6-2.
Jake Dunham went 1-3 today with an RBI and a double to add to his stats. Steven Rivas went 2-5, with 1 run and 1 double.
In his debut for the Rafters Ryan Byrd (SIU Edwardsville) pitched 6.0 innings pitching a no hitter through four innings. He gave up two unearned runs and struck out seven. Coming in for relief was Kyle Hodgson (Framingham State), the lefty pitched one inning tonight and struck out two. To finish the game, Johnathan Hernandez (Chapman) pitched 2.0 innings giving up one hit and striking out two.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters conclude their homestand tomorrow: Saturday, June 2 against the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The entire 2018 Rafters schedule is available at www.raftersbaseball.com.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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, 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com 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.