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Rafters Run Over Dock Spiders, 8-2

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – In a season where the Rafters have dominated nearly every single one of their opponents, they continued that trend at Witter Field tonight.  Wisconsin Rapids finished off their home regular season schedule with an 8-2 win over the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. 

Both sides were retired 1-2-3 in order in the first inning, as Rafters starting pitcher Cooper Robinson retired the Dock Spiders on 17 pitches.  He held Fondy scoreless again in the top half of the second, as the Rats bats came alive in the home half.  A wild pitch that scored Garrett Broussard from third and a Brady Jurgella bases-loaded walk put the Rafters up 2-0 after two innings of play.  

Both teams were held scoreless in the third inning.  Cooper Robinson retired the Dock Spiders three up and three down in the top of the fourth to end his night.  Robinson threw four scoreless and hitless innings while allowing three walks and striking out one Dock Spider.  The Rats added on to their lead after another wild pitch scored Chris Conniff to give Wisconsin Rapids a 3-0 lead. 

Cody Urban entered the ballgame in the top of the fifth to pitch for the Rafters, as he retired the side in order on just seven pitches.  Then, in the home half of the inning, a Garrett Broussard solo homer, his fifth of the season, extended the Rafters lead to 4-0. 

The Dock Spiders started to make things interesting in the top of the sixth inning.  After three straight singles to begin the inning loaded the bases and broke up the no-hitter, Cody Urban struck out the next two batters.  With two outs and the bases still loaded, Urban got a pop fly for out number three. Urban finished his night after two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.  

The Rats bats were not done scoring.  A Chase Call RBI single and an E7 throwing error committed by Fondy increased the Rafters lead to 6-0.  Two batters later, a wild pitch scored Call from third to put Wisconsin Rapids up 7-0.  Liam Alpern entered the game in relief for the Rafters in the top of the seventh, as he gave up two runs to the Dock Spiders to make it a 7-2 game.  However, Alpern recovered with a scoreless top half of the eighth to end his night.  The Rafters picked up their final run of the night in the home half of the eighth via an RBI fielder’s choice to make it an 8-2 game.  Preston Howey recorded the final three outs in the top of the ninth to secure the Rafters win.  Cody Urban picked up his first win in the cranberry and gold.  

The Rafters (57-14) will close out the regular season tomorrow night in Fond du Lac against the Dock Spiders (35-35) at 6:35 pm.  Catch all the action on the home of Rafters Baseball, 1320 AM/97.5 FM WFHR, with the radio voice of the Rafters, Brett Loftis.  

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