Hank Zeisler pounds three-run home run, Rafters still fall short.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters fell on Thursday night to the Green Bay Booyah, 4-3. Wisconsin Rapids struck out 17 Green Bay Booyah batters, but the Booyah were able to put together hits in a four-run second inning to lead the Booyah to a wire-to-wire victory.
Hank Zeisler provided the offense for the Rafters in the fourth. Ryan Walstad drew his league-leading 26th walk to lead off the inning. Three batters later, Andy Garriola walked to set up Zeisler. Zeisler pummeled a ball to the right-field scoreboard to make the score 4-3. Zeisler has three home runs in his past four games.
The Rafters bullpen excelled. Alex Salazar and Jimmy Borzone combined to strike out 12 over 7.1 innings pitched, keeping the Booyah off the board after their four-run fourth inning.
First pitch tomorrow from Green Bay in Game Two of the series is at 6:35pm. The game can be seen on the Northwoods League Baseball Network and listened to on AM 1320 WFHR at 6:20pm.
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.