Wisconsin Rapids set a season high for runs scored in an 11-run win over Kenosha
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-18) took down the Kenosha Kingfish (12-19) by 11 on Sunday afternoon. The Rafters won 16-5 over Kenosha. The cranberry and gold scored 16 times on 16 hits, the most runs scored by the Rafters this year.
Kenosha started the scoring in the first with two two-run singles from Devin Ortiz and Jack Yalowitz. The Rafters answered in the second with a two-run double from Brody Wofford (UCF). Wisconsin Rapids took the lead in the fourth and never looked back. It was all started by a two-run base hit from Jordan Wiley (Kalamazoo College). Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) followed with an RBI sac fly, Ty Duvall (Vanderbilt) earned an RBI double and Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) smacked an RBI single to end the scoring barrage.
The Kingfish tacked on one in the fifth with a base hit from Jack Weiller. A bases-loaded walk worked by Rivas brought in Payton Robertson (Louisiana State Shreveport) to score the lone Rafters run in the fifth. The hit party was far from over. Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State), Mike Rojas (Auburn) and Payton Robertson all batted in runs during the sixth. Wisconsin Rapids poured it on in the eighth with a five-run, five-hit inning. The frame was highlighted by two Rafters home runs. Wofford hit a two-run blast off the scoreboard in right while Rivas dealt solo a bomb towards the right field corner. Mason McReaken (SIU Edwardsville) pitched a scoreless ninth to ensure the 16-5 win.
The win goes to Tyler Giovinco (1-0, 4.50 ERA) earning his first win in his first start with the Rafters. Casey Kempner (1-2, 4.50) suffered the loss allowing six earned runs.
The Rafters start a home and home series tomorrow with the 2018 South Division First Half Champion Madison Mallards. First pitch tomorrow from Witter Field is 7:05 pm CT.
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.