Rafters Earn Fourth Sweep Of Second Half
Wisconsin Rapids sweeps Lakeshore in a well-rounded performance
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (26-29, 11-9 2nd half) earned a 7-3 win to sweep the Lakeshore Chinooks (25-30, 9-11 2nd half) in the final series between the two clubs in 2018. Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) took a no-hitter into the seventh in his third quality start of the season.
The cranberry and gold started their offense in the third. Alex Fedje-Johnson (Davidson) collected an RBI double, one of four hits collected by the Minneapolis. MN native. Ty Duvall (Vanderbilt) drove in two more with a base hit of his own. One more Rafter run came home in the sixth due to a Chinooks error. Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois) scored the run for Wisconsin Rapids in the sixth.
Lakeshore responded in the seventh with two runs. Takihiro Yamada and Jack Dunn brought runs in with base hits. Wisconsin Rapids scored two of their own in the seventh. A wild pitch allowed Brody Wofford (University of Central Florida) to score and Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) collected an RBI single.
Both teams scored once in the eighth. Zach Clayton drove in one with a single while Jordan Wiley (Kalamazoo College) scored in the bottom of eighth off a wild pitch. Mason McReaken (SIU Edwardsville) struck out the side in the ninth pitching the final 1.2 innings.
Trayson Kubo (6-1, 1.30 ERA) earned his sixth win of the season with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Kevin Tibor (4-5, 2.44 ERA) suffered the loss allowing three runs in four innings of work.
The Rafters host the Rockford Rivets for two games before starting a five-day road trip on Monday. First pitch from Witter Field tomorrow is at 6:05 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.