Rafters Lose Fifth Game of 2022 to Jackrabbits

Rafters Lose Fifth Game of 2022 to Jackrabbits

Kokomo upsets Wisconsin Rapids, 4-2

KOKOMO, IN – In what was perhaps one of the more competitive games of the Rafters dominant 2022 season, it was not a favorable outcome.  Wisconsin Rapids dropped their fifth game of the season to the Kokomo Jackrabbits, 4-2.

Jackrabbits starter, Richard Kiel, began his dominant night in the top of the first retiring the Rafters in order, 1-2-3. Rafters starter, Jake Dahle, threw a scoreless bottom half of the first against the Jackrabbits.  Rats were again retired 1-2-3 in the second, but the Jackrabbits were able to strike first in the home half via an RBI groundout making it a 1-0 Kokomo lead.  Jake Dahle threw a scoreless third inning to finish his night.  He gave up one run on three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.

Cam Nolet entered the game to pitch for the Rafters in the fourth and gave up a two-run single to Kyan Lodice to put the Jackrabbits up 3-0.  Nolet would go on to throw a scoreless fifth and sixth innings. He gave up two runs on four Kokomo hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.

After six scoreless innings, Richard Kiel finally gave up his first runs of the night.  Aidan Brewer came in for the Rafters as a pinch hitter in the seventh and hit a two-run homer, his first as a Rafters, which brought Wisconsin Rapids within one, 3-2.  The Hoosier native, Alec Burnett, threw a scoreless bottom half of the seventh for the Rafters in his home state.

The Rafters had a chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth with two outs and two runners in scoring position.  Garrett Broussard hit a high chopper back up the middle that would have brought home two runs, but instead was robbed by Kokomo’s shortstop Riley Garcynski for out number three. Garcynski then extended the Jackrabbit lead in the bottom half after an RBI single, 4-2.  In the top of the ninth, Seth Stroh hit a one-out ground rule double to put a runner in scoring position.  Colin Tuft walked to put the tying run on first.  Kokomo reliever, Hector Garcia, retired the final two batters to end the game.  Garcia earned the same, Kiel earned the win, and Dahle earned the loss.

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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]