Rafters Sweep Rivets In Two-Game Series
Wisconsin Rapids gets the sweep of Rockford for their second sweep in the second half
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-23) bested the Rockford Rivets (19-23) 8-2 to earn their second sweep of the second half. Steven Rivas earned home run No. 10 on the season as the Rafters scored eight times on six hits.
The Rafters struck first for the second straight night. The cranberry and gold scored four times in the fourth. An RBI single from Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) started the barrage while Steven Rivas delivered his three-run home run a couple batters later. Another Rafter run scored in the fifth thanks to an RBI sac fly from Wold.
With a 5-0 lead in the sixth, Rockford scored their only runs of the game off a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch. Wisconsin Rapids responded a half inning later with three runs thanks to a Brody Wofford (UCF) two-run double and Rivets error allowed Wofford to score later in the inning. The Rafters’ pitching staff held the Rivets in check striking out 13 Rockford hitters.
Trayson Kubo (4-1, 1.45 ERA) earned his fourth win of the season by throwing five scoreless and fanning seven. Alex Bacevicius (0-1, 6.00 ERA) suffered the loss allowing four earned runs in four innings.
The Rafters conclude the three-game homestand tomorrow against the Green Bay Bullfrogs. First pitch is at 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.