Wisconsin Rapids sweeps the first series of the second half
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-20, 2-0 2nd half) defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs (12-26, 0-2 2nd half) by a final of 11-7. Five home runs were hit between both clubs, but the Rafters come out on top of the slugfest.
The Rafters struck first in the first. Brody Wofford (UCF) collected a leadoff single and Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) blasted a two-run home run to right. Green Bay responded with a leadoff home run hit by Matthew Acosta. Wisconsin Rapids scored in the third and fourth. Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) smashed his ninth home run of the season in the third. Wold went yard again in the fourth with a solo shot to right.
The Frogs showed life in the fourth scoring twice on RBI singles and two more Bullfrogs runs scored off a wild pitch and home run from Preston Pavlica to take a 5-4 lead. The cranberry and gold went on a tear. Wisconsin Rapids took back the lead in the 6th as Mike Rojas (Auburn) earned an RBI base hit and later scored on a fielder’s choice from Bret Fehr (SIU Edwardsville) to make it 6-5 after six.
Matt Schmidt (Michigan) brought in a run on a sac fly in the seventh and Payton Robertson (Louisiana State Shreveport) hit an RBI double to bring in Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) in the eighth. Three more Rafters scored in the ninth for a six-run lead. Green Bay scored twice in the final frame, but the Rafters held them off for a 11-7 win.
Kyle Hodgson (2-0, 3.91 ERA) earned his second win of the season. Kenny Carrillo (0-2, 9.58 ERA) suffered the loss allowing the go-ahead run. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters continue their road trip tomorrow facing the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at Herr Baker Field. First pitch is 6:35 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.