Wisconsin Rapids Complete Homestand with Shutout Victory over Madison

 Rafters are now 2-1 at home against the Mallards

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (7-8) finished their homestand with a shutout 3-0 victory over the Madison Mallards (7-8).

The Rafters, after being held scoreless the previous two games, jumped out to a quick start after an RBI single from Marco Castillo (Claremont McKenna).

Ben Vespi (Central Florida) started his first game of the season for Wisconsin Rapids, and went three innings allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.

The Rafters followed with five pitchers from the bullpen. Jack Gonzales (Dixie State) earned the win after entering in the fourth and escaping with no outs and bases loaded in the fifth.

Wisconsin Rapids added two runs in the bottom of the sixth after Addie Burrow (Virginia) drove in Castillo and Jacob Hinderleider (Davidson) with a double.

“It was a good job for the guys ahead of me to get on base, it was a good set-up,” said Burrow.

Nick Torres (Long Island), Hayden Harris (Georgia Southern), and Zach Bennett (Central Florida) kept the Mallards off the board in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

In the ninth, Brayden Bonner (Dixie State) took the mound for the first time in 2021 and earned his 19th career save as a Rafter.

The Mallards in total had nine hits but left 11 runners on base.

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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]