Hinderleider Leads Rafters to Opening Night Win
Rafters win 10-5 behind four-run eighth and Hinderleider’s five RBIs.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Jacob Hinderleider hit a three-run triple in the ninth to cap off a 10-5 win for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Wednesday over the Green Bay Booyah. Hinderleider was two for three with five RBIs from an RBI single in the third, a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and the bases-clearing triple.
In the opener of the 2020 Northwoods League season, the Rafters started strong with runs in the first and second. Hinderleider hit Ryan Walstad home with a single in the third. In the fourth, Rafters returners Jack-Thomas Wold and Jake Dunham teamed up to put runners on second and third for right fielder Andy Garriola. Garriola made contact for an RBI groundout, making the score 2-0.
Green Bay rallied with a couple two-run home runs in the fifth, but the Rafters offense erupted in the eighth and ninth for nine runs. The Rafters batted around in the eighth with RBIs from Jacob Hinderleider, Andy Garriola, Christian Sepulveda, and Austin Kryszczuk. The ninth added three more runs to the lead, and Ricky Castro struck out the side to close down the first win for the Rafters in 2020.
Tomorrow, the Rafters conclude the Green Bay home-and-away series with the home opener at Witter Field at 6:35pm. If you can’t make it to Witter Field, coverage of the game can be seen on Northwoods League TV and heard on AM 1320 WFHR.
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 proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, 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 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.