Rafters Split Season Series With Dock Spiders
Wisconsin Rapids took advantage of five Dock Spider errors and win by three.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (30-35, 15-15 2nd half) took down the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (36-29, 15-15 2nd half) 6-3. Ten errors were committed combined between both clubs, but the Rafters overcame their gaffes in the field to win 6-3.
Fond du Lac was the first to score, striking in the second inning. One run scored on a Rafter error while another run came in on a base hit from Chris Ayers.
The Rafters took over from there as they took the lead in the third. Wisconsin Rapids scored three times on one hit and three Fond du Lac errors. Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) tied the game at two with a double and took the lead 3-2 on an RBI sac fly from Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois). The cranberry and gold poured it on in the fourth with three more runs. Payton Robertson (Louisiana State Shreveport) and Matt Schmidt (Michigan) scored on an error from Dock Spiders’ Mitch Boe. Jake Dunham brought in his second of the evening with a base hit.
Fond du Lac would score one more time in the sixth from a Rafter error. Wisconsin Rapids held on to the three-run lead to split the two-game series 1-1 and the season series 4-4. Chandler Greenfield (3-1, 3.18 ERA) won his third game of the season in his second quality start. Greenfield allowed three unearned runs in six innings while striking out five. Sam Hubbe (3-3, 3.38 ERA) suffered the loss despite giving up no earned runs, however, six runs scored due to five Dock Spiders errors in his 3.2 innings on the mound. Hunter Waldis (1-0, 3.04 ERA) earned his second save with a scoreless ninth.
Wisconsin Rapids starts the final series with the Battle Creek Bombers tomorrow with a first pitch of 7:05 pm CT from Witter Field.
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.