Rafters Conclude Road Trip With Game Two Against Kalamazoo
Wisconsin Rapids looks for the series split tonight with Growlers and avoid a losing road trip
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – After their first walk-off loss of the season last night, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will shrug it off and face the Kalamazoo Growlers again tonight at Homer Stryker Field. After being shutout 2-0 through the first seven innings, the cranberry and gold showed life in the eighth. Jarrod Watkins (Indiana State) belted a lead-off home run to the left field deck to bring the Rafters within one 2-1. Wisconsin Rapids tied it up at two the next inning as Brody Wofford (UCF) scored from third thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly from Matt Schmidt (Michigan). Kalamazoo would not go away in their half of the ninth. Down to the final out and final strike with runners at second and first, Niko Kavadas belted a walk-off double.
The Rafters will reset and turn the page tonight. Wisconsin Rapids will send RHP Jake Cook (1-1, 5.14 ERA) to the mound. Cook (Birmingham Southern) has struck out seven in 7.0 total innings across his first two Rafters starts. The Growlers will send LHP Tom Vail (0-0, 0.00 ERA) out to start things. Vail will be making his first start for Kalamazoo this evening. Vail has made two bullpen appearances thus far in 2018. In 4.0 relief innings, he has allowed just one hit and fanned five.
First pitch from Homer Stryker Field is slated for 7:05 pm ET, 6:05 pm CT.
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