Rafters Drop Late Night Game to Woodchucks 

Wisconsin Rapids had two errors that brought home two runs

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (13-12) had only two hits in the last five innings and lose 6-3 to the Wisconsin Woodchucks (16-9). The game originally slated for 6:35 p.m. began at 9:05 p.m. after a rain delay and ended just after midnight.

The Woodchucks led off the third, with two hits. After Rafters’ starter Justin Beyer (Wagner) got two outs, a Gino Groover single brought home two.

The Rafters responded in the bottom half of the inning as McKinley Erves (La Grange) doubled and was driven home by a groundout from Marco Castillo (Claremont McKenna).

The Woodchucks in the fifth, loaded the bases. A walk of Antonio Valdez and sacrifice fly from Kevin Kilpatrick plated two. The walk of Valdez removed Beyer from the game, in total Beyer walked four and allowed four on six hits.

In the sixth, the Woodchucks got two runners on and a potential inning ending flyball was dropped by Couper Cornblum (Wichita St.).

The Rafters tacked on a second run in the sixth, off a Blake Mann (St. Mary’s) double. A second runner was thrown out at home.

Zach Bennett (Central Florida) threw a 1-2-3 eighth for Wisconsin Rapids. In the bottom of the eighth, EJ Exposito delivered an RBI single, his third consecutive game with a run batted in.

The last chance inning for the Rafters down 6-3, in the ninth, saw only one base runner.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]om