Wisconsin Rapids was held to two hits by Battle Creek in game one of two-game set.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (29-33, 14-13 2nd half) were shutout 9-0 by the Battle Creek Bombers (31-32, 15-13 2nd half) on Thursday night. The Bombers took an early lead and kept piling on throughout the night.
Battle Creek scored one in the first from a sac fly by Jordan Swiss. After a rain delay in the second inning, play resumed, and the Bombers picked up where they left off. Battle Creek score eight runs between the fourth and seventh innings. The big inning for the Bombers was the fifth as they scored four times on two hits. Four walks were issued by Rafters pitchers in the inning. The Rafters ultimately fell 9-0 to the Bombers, the fourth shutout loss for Wisconsin Rapids. All four of the shutout losses have come on the road.
Michael McCraith (4-3, 2.98 ERA) earned the win with eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts. Trayson Kubo (6-2, 1.53 ERA) suffered the tough loss allowing two earned runs in 4.1 innings with six strikeouts.
The Rafters conclude the series and the road trip tomorrow with first pitch from C.O. Brown Stadium at 6:05 pm CT/7:05 pm ET.
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, 200 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 website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.