Rafters Fall to Dock Spiders 6-2
Fond du Lac scored six unanswered runs as Wisconsin Rapids fell short in a ninth-inning rally.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters lost to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders for the first time at Witter Field. The Dock Spiders scored four runs in the first two innings off six hits to lead 4-0 after two. Fond du Lac starting pitcher Jon Young threw seven scoreless innings. The Dock Spiders scored again in the sixth from a RBI single and in the eight with a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-0.
The cranberry and gold weren’t down and out as the bats came alive in the ninth. Jordan Wiley (Kalamazoo College) reached first on a walk and advanced to third base thanks to single from Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV), his second of the night. Down to their last out, the Rafters scored two via a base hit from Josh Campbell (Stephen F. Austin). Fond du Lac decided to change pitchers and got the final out to hang on to a 6-2 win.
Jake Cook (1-1, 5.14) earned the loss, his first of the year. Dock Spiders righty Jon Young (1-0, 0.00) got his first win of the year in his start for Fond du Lac.
The Rafters begin the final series of the homestand tomorrow afternoon hosting the Wisconsin Woodchucks for the second time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in 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.