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Rafters Start Second Half With A Win

Wisconsin Rapids scored eleven to down the Bullfrogs for their first win of the second half

 

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (16-20, 1-0 2nd Half) weathered the storm after Green Bay (12-25, 0-1 2nd half) plated five in the first by dropping eleven on the Bullfrogs winning by a final of 11-7.

Green Bay came out swinging for the fences against the Rafters scoring five runs on six hits. The Rafters answered in their second scoring twice from wild pitches thrown by Green Bay starter Will Shirah. The cranberry and gold took the lead in the third and never looked back. After Wisconsin Rapids loaded the bases, Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) worked a bases-loaded walk. Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois) delivered an RBI base hit, Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) brought in another with a sac fly to center and Payton Robertson (Louisiana State Shreveport) came through with the go-ahead two-run single to give the Rafters the lead 7-5 after three innings.

Wisconsin Rapids tacked on four more runs throughout the rest of the game. RBI singles from Brody Woffrd (UCF) and Ty Duvall (Vanderbilt) brought in two in the sixth. Two more wild pitches from Green Bay hurlers allowed a run crossing home plate in the seventh and eighth. The Bullfrogs scored twice in the ninth of off two errors from the Rafters, but Wisconsin Rapids held on for the 11-7 win.

Gareth Stroh (2-1, 3.33 ERA) earned his second win of the year. Will Shirah (1-2, 8.36 ERA) suffered te loss allowing six runs in two innings. The Rafters conclude the first series of the second half tomorrow with a 7:05 pm CT start from Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

 

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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.