Wisconsin Rapids went 7-5 against the Dock Spiders, including 5-1 at Herr Baker Field in 2021
Fond Du Lac, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (28-32) had three two-run innings, defeating the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders (38-22) 7-4 on a windy Sunday afternoon. Marco Castillo (Claremont McKenna) drove in four runs.
The Rafters scored in the first inning for the third consecutive game. Marco Castillo chopped a ball up the middle that brought home Couper Cornblum (Wichita State).
Fondy responded after a Rafter error brought home a run. Wisconsin Rapids went back on top, in the third inning after Castillo lined a ball down the left-field line, plating two. A sacrifice fly scored a Dock Spider run in the bottom half of the inning, the score was 3-2 Rafters after three innings.
Wyatt Thompson (Chapman) started for Wisconsin Rapids and allowed three hits adding two strikeouts in three innings tossed.
After an RBI single from the Dock Spiders in the fourth, the Rafters distanced themselves in the fifth. Castillo delivered his second RBI single, fourth RBI overall, and a Ben Swords (Webster) sacrifice fly gave Wisconsin Rapids a two-run lead.
The Rafters bullpen dominated the rest of the way. Billy Black (Columbia) threw a seven-pitch scoreless fifth inning. Donovan Brandl (Wisconsin-Whitewater) kept Fond Du Lac off the board in the sixth and seventh while Zack Bennett (Central Florida) worked around two walks and a Dock Spider run to complete the eighth.
Brayden Bonner (Dixie State) made his 18th appearance, with the opportunity for his eighth save of the season. The right-hander got the three outs, with a strikeout to finish the game. Bonner now has 26 career saves as a Rafter.
The Rafters welcome the Kalamazoo Growlers to Witter Field, tomorrow Monday, August 2nd. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m, with coverage on WFHR AM 1320 and 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