Rafters Are Swept by Rockers in 10-6 Loss
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – No matter how high the highs are in sports, there inevitably come some lows. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters were swept for the first time at Witter Field this season by the Green Bay Rockers in a 10-6 loss.
The Rockers jumped out front in the first inning tonight off Rafters starting pitcher Cooper Robinson. A Jake Mastillo two-run double put Green Bay up 2-0. The Rafters were held off the board in the home of the first as well.
The Green Bay offense stayed hot in the top of the second. They added three more runs via a wild pitch, an RBI groundout, and an RBI single to take a commanding 5-0 lead. However, Cooper Robinson answered back strongly for the Rafters in the top of the third, as he retired the Rockers 1-2-3. Robinson exited the game after three innings of allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks, and one strikeout.
Alex Dicke entered the game in relief for the Rafters in the top half of the fourth inning, as he retired the side 1-2-3. The Rats bats finally awoke in the bottom half of the inning, as an RBI single from Levi Jensen brought home the first run of the night to make it a 5-1 game. Three batters later with the bases loaded and two outs, McKinley Erves cleared the bases with a three-run double to bring the Rafters within one, 5-4.
Dicke held the Rockers scoreless in the top of the fifth. However, Green Bay struck again in the top of the sixth. After an E4 throwing error to begin the inning, Dicke walked three straight Rockers en route to another Green Bay run, 6-4. Alec Mendoza was called upon in relief in the middle of the inning. A wild pitch allowed another Rocker run to score to make it 7-4. Three more runs scored in the inning via an RBI sacrifice fly, an E2, and an RBI single to make it a 10-4 Green Bay lead.
Despite giving up a five-run top half of the sixth, the Rafters added two more in the bottom half of the inning. An RBI single from Jacob Igawa and an Andrew Semo RBI sacrifice fly made it a 10-6 game. Mendoza threw a scoreless frame in the top of the seventh to end his night. He threw two innings while allowing one run (unearned) on three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Ethan Peters and Preston Howey each threw a scoreless frame in the eighth and ninth innings respectively. With a four-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, the Rafters were retired 1-2-3 to end the ballgame. Cooper Robinson received his first loss of the season for the Rafters, while Bryce Crabb earned his third win for the Green Bay Rockers.
The Rafters (52-14) will play host to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (34-31) tomorrow night at Witter Field at 6:35 pm. Catch all the action on the Northwoods League Baseball Network with Carter Gledhill or on 1320 AM/97.5 FM WFHR with Brett Loftis.
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