Rafters pitching strikes out 14, allows just one earned run.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (30-11) came close on Saturday night to their seventh straight win stranding the winning run on base in a 6-5 loss at home to the La Crosse Loggers (21-22). Wisconsin Rapids pitching, averaging eleven strikeouts per game, struck out fourteen Loggers and allowed just one earned run.
Cam Brown got the start for the Rafters, pitching two innings with four strikeouts. Jack Gonzales impressed with 4.2 innings of hitless baseball, allowing just one earned run with three strikeouts. After a scoreless two outs of relief from Hunter Waldis, Brayden Bonner was perfect over 1.2 innings, lowering his ERA to 0.51. Brown was given the loss, allowing three unearned runs.
Both Andy Garriola and Christian Sepulveda were 2-4 in the Rafters lineup, leading the way in hits. Jason DiCochea, Garriola, Kyle Teel, and Sepulveda batted in runs for Wisconsin Rapids, who nearly completed a three-run comeback in the ninth inning. Andy Garriola and Christian Sepulveda walked against Erik Demchuk, bringing up first baseman Ryan Walstad. Walstad grounded a 3-2 pitch in between first and second, fielded well by the Loggers’ Kobe Kato at second to secure a win.
The Rafters and Loggers wrap up their regular-season series on Sunday night in La Crosse. First pitch is 6:35pm and coverage begins at 6:20pm 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.