Rafters' Early Offense Delivers Sweep of Growlers
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. - The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (29-32, 14-12 2nd half) swept the day/night doubleheader against the Kalamazoo Growlers (37-25, 13-14 2nd half) taking the nightcap 12-4. After a 2-1 game one win in the early afternoon, the Rafters took a big lead early in game two and never looked back.
Wisconsin Rapids scored four times in the first. Ty Duvall (Vanderbilt) brought in the first run with an RBI sacrifice fly. Alex Fedje-Johnson (Davidson) scored on a wild pitch and Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) nailed a two-run home run to right to cap off the frame. Each team scored in the second. Fedje-Johnson hit an RBI base hit to center field. Zach Daniels brought in the Growlers run in the second. In the third, Ethan Stringer (Louisville) worked a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-1 Rafters after three.
The cranberry and gold plated five in the fourth on four hits. Wold collected an RBI sac fly, Victor Carlino (Long Beach State) and Payton Robertson (Louisiana State Shreveport) both brought in one on base hits. Stringer delivered the big hit with a two-run base hit ending his night 3-for-4 with three RBI. With an 11-1 lead, Wisconsin Rapids allowed two runs in the bottom of fourth from a two-run single by Daniels and an RBI sac fly in the sixth from Sam Hall. Duvall collected an RBI base hit in the ninth as the Rafters outslugged the Growlers 12-4.
Tyler Giovinco (3-1, 4.23 ERA) earned his third win of the season, striking out five in six innings. Jack Nelson (5-3, 4.36 ERA) suffered the loss allowing four earned runs in the first inning. Cole Waites (0-1, 2.45 ERA) earned the save, his first, pitching the final three innings.
The Rafters start the final series of the road trip tomorrow visiting the Battle Creek Bombers. First pitch from C.O. Brown Stadium is 6:05 pm CT/7:05 pm ET.
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