WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (2-2) blasted 14 hits in a 7-3 win and sweep of a two-game set against the Green Bay Booyah (0-4).
The Rafters started the scoring in the second after Ben Swords (Webster), who roped a double, was brought in by Lance Gardiner (Saddleback). Josh Nicoloff (Columbia) added a single to bring home Gardiner and gave the Rafters a 2-0 advantage.
Through the second to the fourth inning, Rafters’ starter Ben Schoneman (Colorado School of Mines) allowed no hits. He went five innings and gave up only three hits in his season debut.
Wisconsin Rapids added two more in the fifth inning as Garrett Callaghan (Rutgers) plated Blake Mann (St. Mary’s) on a single and Angelo D’Acunto (Holy Cross) brought home Swords on a sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Weston Eberly (Columbia) singled and the pinch runner in Reeve Holley (Cal Baptist) stole second. Pinch-hitter Elijah Dickerson singled to score Holley. With Booyah reliever Trent Polley still in, Swords looked for his fourth hit of the game.
“The at-plate approach remained the same, adjusting to the strike count and putting together good at-bats,” said Swords.
Swords delivered the seventh run of the game and first home run of the season for the Rafters over the left-field fence.
Returner Donovan Brandl (Wisconsin-Whitewater) entered the game in the sixth. He faced trouble in the eighth, allowing three singles in a row and a fielder’s choice to bring home three runs. He ended the inning with a strikeout, one of three, and got three more outs in the ninth.
The Rafters will play the Madison Mallards tomorrow, Friday, June 4th, at 6:05 PM at Warner Park. The game can be heard on WFHR 1320 AM.
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’ 27th 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 250 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 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 Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). 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.