Wisconsin Rapids kept Fond du Lac in front of them allowing just two runs from the Dock Spiders
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-21, 3-1 2nd half) defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (22-17, 1-3 2nd half) by three runs in a quality win on the road.
The Rafters got the party started in the fourth when a Dock Spider error allowed Victor Carlino (Long Beach State) to score from second base. Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) then followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0 Rafters after three and a half innings. The cranberry and gold plated two more in the fifth with a base hit from Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) and an RBI double from Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois). Fond du Lac responded with two runs in their fifth frame off back-to-back doubles.
With a two-run lead 4-2 in the sixth, Matt Schmidt (Michigan) pushed the lead to three with a leadoff home run, his first homer of the year. Hunter Robichaux (Bucknell), Hunter Waldis (Seton Hall) and Mason McReaken (SIU Edwardsville) combined for four scoreless relief innings to seal the win for Wisconsin Rapids.
Tyler Giovinco (2-0, 4.00 ERA) earned his second win in as many starts. The loss went to Jon Mierzwa (0-3, 5.81 ERA) who gave up four earned runs but struck out eight. Mason McReaken (1-1, 0.00 ERA) earned his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
The Rafters continue their road trip tomorrow traveling to Kapco Park to face the Chinooks for a two-game set. First pitch tomorrow is set for 5:05 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.