Three Rafters pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout over the Woodchucks.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters earned their first shutout win of the 2018 season. The Rafters defeated the Woodchucks 1-0 backed by a solid start from the returning Gareth Stroh (Purdue), who pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and fanning six. Wisconsin Rapids scored the first and only run of the game off a solo home run to right field from Brody Wofford (UCF). The Rafters’ bullpen took over in the sixth as Mason McReaken (SIU Edwardsville) pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three. Hunter Robichaux (Bucknell) then closed the door on the Woodchucks in the ninth for his second save of the year.
Gareth Stroh (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his first game for the cranberry and gold since the 2016 Summer Collegiate World Series. Orsen Josephina (0-1, 1.29) was given the tough luck loss going six innings and only allowing the Wofford homer to right.
The Rafters conclude the two-game series with the Woodchucks and second homestand of the year tomorrow evening. Trayson Kubo (2-0, 0.90 ERA) will take the mound for the cranberry and gold opposite Alec Abdalah (1-1, 2.25 ERA) for the Woodchucks.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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.