Rafters Secure First Win of 2021 Season

A powerful pitching display solidifies victory over Booyah

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (1-2) defeated the Green Bay Booyah (0-3), 7-2 to earn the first win of the season. The Booyah were limited to only two runs on seven hits.

Nathan Hemmerling (Lakeland) took the ball for the Rafters. After allowing a triple in the second inning to Nathan Blasick and a groundout to second from Nick Dangello to score a run, Hemmerling struck out six batters over five innings.

The Rafters added run support in the fourth. After a single from Blake Mann (St. Mary’s), a walk by Elijah Dickerson (La Salle) and Angelo D’Acunto (Holy Cross) getting aboard on a fielder’s choice, Garrett Callaghan (Rutgers) stepped up to the plate. He  drove home all three runs with a double off the right field wall,  the Rafters led 3-1 after four.

The top of the fifth saw bases loaded again for Wisconsin Rapids assisted by a ground rule double off the bat of Josh Nicoloff (Columbia). Hank Zeisler (Chapman) drilled a ball deep to right field and knocked in two. Two RBI groundouts extended the lead from 7-1 in what was a four-run fifth inning.

Devin Rivera (Villanova) entered the game in the sixth and shut the door on a Booyah comeback. He totaled five strikeouts and only one run came across through his three innings of work.

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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]