Rafters win tight ballgame behind Cook’s third home run of the year.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ nineteenth home run of the season was the most exciting, walking off Friday’s game versus the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders for a 4-3 win.
The Rafters and Dock Spiders were tight throughout the game. The Rafters fell down 0-1 early before loading the bases in the fourth inning. Jack-Thomas Wold singled on the right side of the infield to tie the game, scoring Ryan Walstad for his Pod-leading eighteenth run scored.
In the fifth, the Rafters took their first lead with an Andy Garriola RBI single, scoring Richie Schiekofer to make it 2-1. Garriola upped his RBI total to 15, tops on the Rafters roster.
Two runs came home for the Dock Spiders in the eighth, setting up a Rafters comeback. In the bottom of the eighth, Jake Dunham and Wold both singled to set up a rally. Roman Trujillo came to the plate and sliced a ball to right field to score the Rafters’ third run of the night, tying the score at 3-3.
Ricky Castro walked a tight rope in the top of the ninth, stranding a runner at third, setting the stage for Billy Cook to lead off the ninth. After a strike and a ball, Cook smashed the third pitch of the bottom of the ninth over the wall for a walk-off solo home run.
The Rafters improved to 12-5 for the season, first in the Wisconsin-Illinois Pod. The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders fell to 8-8 entering game two of the home-and-away series tomorrow afternoon in Fond du Lac. First pitch is at 1:05pm from Herr-Baker Field. Coverage begins at 12:50pm on AM 1320 WFHR.
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