The Chinooks left 12 total runners on base
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-13) scored eight runs on ten hits to beat the Lakeshore Chinooks (13-17) 8-3.
The Rafters jumped out with a three-run inning in the second. It began with two infield singles, that put two in scoring position. Addie Burrow (Virginia) hit a fielder’s choice to bring home a run, and Weston Eberly (Columbia) plated two with a single.
After leaving four runners in scoring position in the first three innings, Lakeshore finally got runs across the plate off Justin Beyer (Wagner) in the fourth. An RBI single and wild pitch resulted in two runs, bringing the Rafters’ lead to 3-2.
Wisconsin Rapids added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth, as Elijah Dickerson (La Salle) doubled to left to score Couper Cornblum (Wichita State). The deficit was again one run after an RBI double from Lakeshore in the top of the fifth.
The tying run was at second, but Zack Bennett (Central Florida) entered the game and got a strikeout and groundout to finish the inning. Bennett retired the Chinooks, 1-2-3 in the sixth and seventh and earned the win.
The Rafters in the bottom of the seventh tacked on three insurance runs, an RBI double for McKinley Erves (LaGrange), a sacrifice fly from Marco Castillo (Claremont McKenna), and Erves scoring on a passed ball.
Andrew Duran (New Orleans) and Billy Black (Columbia) threw a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, to finish the game.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters look for their sixth consecutive win and once again play the Lakeshore Chinooks. First pitch is at 6:35 PM from Witter Field. You can listen to the game on WFHR AM 1320 and watch on the Northwoods League Baseball Network.
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