Rapids rides strong start by Gareth Stroh to defeat Fondy
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (5-2) took sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes West Division with a 5-0 win over the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (4-3) Tuesday night.
Gareth Stroh pitched seven shutout innings and struck out eight batters to shut down the Fond du Lac batting order. Osvaldo Tovalin and Roman Trujillo both had RBIs in the victory.
After going scoreless in the first inning, the Rafters scored one run in each of the next five innings to take a 5-0 lead. Izzy Fuentes pitched two clean innings in the eighth and ninth to close out the game for Wisconsin Rapids.
Fond du Lac starter Aaron Ball Jr. gets the loss in five innings of work. The Rafters are now 7-2 against the Dock Spiders this season and finish the five-game road trip with three wins. Wisconsin Rapids now leads the league with seven shutouts this season.
The team returns home Wednesday to close the two-game series with the Dock Spiders at Historic Witter Field for Quality Feed and Seed Bark in the Park Night. The team then has a pair of games against the Rockford Rivets to finish out the homestand.
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The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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.