Rafters Nearly Complete Comeback, Split with Booyah

Wisconsin Rapids had the tying run on second base in the ninth

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (21-21) split their weekend home series against the Green Bay Booyah (17-24), with a 4-3 loss on a sunny Sunday evening.

Both teams in the first three innings had no hits and a combined three base runners.

The Booyah got a leadoff single in the fourth, and their second hit was a two-run home run to right field from Dayson Croes.

Green Bay added two more in the fifth, via a two-run double. It was preceded by a double down the third baseline that was called fair but elicited a conversation between field manager Kirk Shrider and the umpires. Rafters’ starter Wyatt Thompson (Chapman) exited after five innings, and four earned runs.

Wisconsin Rapids responded in the next two innings. The sixth inning saw back-to-back RBI singles from Sterling Hayes (Creighton) and Elijah Dickerson (Claremont McKenna). The seventh saw a sacrifice fly from Josh Nicoloff (Kansas State) to bring it to 4-3. Hayes and Nicoloff both gained their second RBI of the weekend.

The Booyah were kept hitless in the final four innings. Billy Black (Columbia) took the hill and delivered his longest outing of the season.

The Rafters went down 1-2-3 in the eighth. The last chance in the bottom of the ninth began with an Addie Burrow (Virginia) walk. After a flyout, McKinley Erves (La Grange) reached on a fielder’s choice, and Reeve Holley (Cal Baptist) then came in for Erves to run and stole second. With two outs, Nicoloff chopped a ball to third which was fielded, and ended with a rundown with Holley tagged for the final out.

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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]