Rafters Ride Pitching to First Win of 2022

Rafters hit two long balls to beat Rockers 3-0

GREEN BAY, Wis –  As the old saying goes, “You are just as good as your starting pitching.” In that case, Michael Lindsey had the Rafters rolling in their first win of 2022 over the Rockers, 3-0.

Lindsey started the first inning in blazing fashion with a 1-2-3 inning.  The Rockers starter, Dylan Carter, was also dealing for Green Bay.  However, he left a fastball right down the middle for Rafters right fielder, Marco Castillo, who crushed a 400+ foot homer in the top of the second inning.  This was the game-winning hit, unbeknownst to anyone at the time, as Lindsey continued doing his thing on the mound.

Lindsey had to pitch out of trouble a few times, stranding five batters across five innings pitched as well.  He finished with 90 pitches through five innings, eight strikeouts, three walks, and only one hit allowed and picked up the win.  Logan Schulfer came into the game in the sixth and continued the pitching dominance that Lindsey had started.  Schulfer threw the last four innings while picking up the save, only allowing two hits, striking out five, and only walked one batter.

The Rafters offense added some more insurance in the seventh when Ben Ross crushed a slider off of Green Bay’s Jacob Schaaf for a two-run homer.  This would prove to be the finishing touches on the game, as the Rafters would win 3-0. Both offenses were stagnant all night, as each team only had three hits apiece and the Rafters offense struck out 18 times, while the Rockers struck out 13 times.  Ben Ross of the Rafters and Matt Scannell of the Rockers both finished the night with two hits, the only two players with multiple hits all night.

The Rafters take on the Madison Mallards at 6:05 pm on June 1st at Witter Field.  Tune into Northwoods League Baseball Network to watch Carter Gledhill call tomorrow’s action on television, while on WFHR 1320 AM/97.5 FM to hear Brett Loftis call every Rafters game on the radio.

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The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.

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David Keech
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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]