WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – The most exciting in all of the sports is a home run in baseball. Well, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters powered out two bombs against the Wausau Woodchucks en route to a 13-2 victory and the Rafters sixth straight victory.
The first inning was scoreless, as Rafters starter Michael Lindsey and Woodchucks starter DJ Radtke pitched out of danger. However, after a scoreless top half of the second, the Rafters offense came to life in the bottom scoring two runs off of a long homer off the bat of Seth Stroh. Stroh’s first hit as a Rat was one that cleared the video board in right-center field. The Rafters put up three more in the third off of an E7 throwing error, and a two-run single from Jack Rogers to put Wisconsin Rapids ahead 5-0.
Michael Lindsey was done after the third, as he threw three scoreless while striking out three Woodchucks. Caden Favors would assume pitching duties in the fourth for the Rafters, as he gave up two runs to Wausau in the fourth to make it 5-2. The Rats bats came out ready to answer in the fifth as they hung up six runs. Seth Stroh got the scoring started in the inning with a two-run double, and then Joe Osborn also got a two-run double to join the hit parade. Two more runs scored via a wild pitch and an RBI ground by Stone Miyao.
Favors threw three innings while giving up both Woodchuck runs and striking out two. He also received the win on the afternoon. Brendan Bobo, the reigning Northwoods League Offensive Player of the Night, defended his title well as he hit a solo shot in the sixth. Rafters scored one more in the eighth to put them up 13-2. Jake Dahle, Ben Adams, and Alec Burnett each all threw one scoreless inning over the last three frames.
The Rafters will go to Wausau tomorrow night to take on the Woodchucks at 6:35 pm. Tune in on WFHR at 6:20 pm to listen to the game with Brett Loftis.
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’ 28th 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 280 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. 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.