Rafters Take First Shutout Loss Of The Season

Wisconsin Rapids drops game two of series to Kalamazoo Growlers in a shutout


Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters suffered their first shutout loss of the season to the Kalamazoo Growlers by a final of 7-0. The loss on Friday night marks the first time the Rafters have lost a two-game series this year. Kalamazoo struck first in the first for the second straight night. The Growlers scored twice from an RBI single and a sacrifice fly. Three more runs crossed in the third from a three-run homer to left centerfield from Zach Daniels. The Growlers scored once in the fifth and sixth due to another RBI single as well as a sacrifice fly.


Jake Cook (1-2, 6.75 ERA) took the loss giving up five earned runs in five innings. Tommy Vail (1-0, 0.00) earned his first win with Kalamazoo by tossing seven innings of scoreless ball.


The Rafters return home to Witter Field tomorrow night to start a Father’s Day weekend series with fellow Big Top Baseball club; the Kenosha Kingfish. First pitch from Witter Field is scheduled for 6:05 pm CT.






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