Walk-Off Hit By Pitch Gives Rafters Third Straight Win
Wisconsin Rapids walked it off in the ninth against Lakeshore
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (25-29, 10-9 2nd half) came out on top over the Lakeshore Chinooks (25-29, 9-10 2nd half) in a back-and-forth game. The Rafters earned their second walk-off win of the season as Alex Fedje-Johnson (Davidson) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home the winning run from third base.
Lakeshore started the scoring in the first. An RBI sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout brought home the first two runs for the Chinooks. The Rafters answered back in the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits. Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois) went yard for the first time this season to jumpstart the Rafters’ offense. Fedje-Johnson brought in a run with a base hit to left and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2 Rafters after four.
The Chinooks started building a picket fence scoring one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames. Griffin Dey tied the game at three apiece with a double in the sixth. Both teams scored in the seventh. Lakeshore took a momentary lead with an RBI sac fly from Jack Dunn before the Rafters tied it back up at four with a base hit from Ethan Stringer (Louisville). In the eighth, the Chinooks scored on an error to take a one run lead 5-4.
Down by one in the ninth, the Rafters would load the bases with one out. Bret Fehr (SIU Edwardsville) brought in the tying run with a bases-loaded walk. Down to their final out, Alex Fedje-Johnson was hit by a pitch with bases still loaded to walk it off 6-5.
Hunter Waldis (1-0, 2.95) was given the win pitching the eighth and ninth innings. Nick Campe (2-3, 5.04 ERA) suffered the loss allowing the walk-off. The Rafters finish the season series with the Chinooks tomorrow with a 7:05 pm CT first pitch.
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.