Rafters Move into First with Win Over Booyah
Wisconsin Rapids’ offense shines as Rafters blow out Green Bay
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (11-6) offense dominated as they cruised to an 11-5 victory over the Green Bay Booyah (10-7) to move into first place in the Great Lakes West Division.
Richie Schiekofer put the Rafters on the board first when he scored on a ball put in play by Davion Downey. Jake Dunham started a big second inning with a solo home run to right field. Davion Downey and Frankie Garriola each had RBI doubles in the inning as the Rafters took a 6-0 lead.
Green Bay battled back and made it 6-4, but Downey extended the Rafters lead with a home run in the fifth. Garriola continued his stellar Rafters debut with an inside-the-park grand slam in the eighth inning to put Wisconsin Rapids up 11-4.
Matt Osterberg struck out three batters in 5.2 innings as the starter to get the win. Izzy Fuentes pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen and fanned two batters while giving up no hits. Winston Allen closed out the game in the ninth to secure the 11-5 win.
The Rafters are now 7-2 against Green Bay this season and hold a one-game lead on the Booyah for first place in the division. The Rafters hit three home runs in the win and nine of their 16 hits were extra-base hits.
When the team returns to Historic Witter Field on Tuesday, they will take the field for the first time as the Wisconsin Rapids Gorgeous Grandmas. The team will be offering a two-for-one ticket special as they face off against Green Bay in game two.
Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafters ticket office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.
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.