GREEN BAY (WAOW) - The Rafters split a pair of pitching duels, both by a 3-2 score, in a double header Thursday in Green Bay, winning the first, losing the second.
After six innings in game one the Rafters had yet to score despite seven hits. But hit number eight turned the tide. Michael Smith drove the first pitch of the seventh inning deep to left-center field to tie the game at one. The Rafters picked up two more in the inning on an RBI double by Evan Laude. Starter George Lott retired two batters in the seventh before Steve Godawa nailed down the final out of a 3-2 win.
Before his North Florida teammate picked him up with the big blast, a single run in the sixth for the Bullfrogs had Lott staring at a tough luck loss. The right hander pitched out of trouble in the third and limited the damage in the sixth, before completing six and two thirds innings on the night. He struck out five Bullfrogs on the night.
Lott had his entire arsenal at his disposal on the night to carry him close to a complete seven. "All night I could throw anything off speed for a strike any time I wanted," Lott said. "And then Smitty jumping on that first pitch was just huge to allow us to win the game."
Cody Koback notched another two hit game with a single, double and run scored. Koback also singled in game two, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Ryan Palermo posted the same line with a double and single on a two-for-three game one.
Game two started well for the Rafters, who led 2-0 into the fourth. But a fly ball home run, just inside the foul pole, off of starter Tommy Organ in the fourth made it 2-1 Rafters. Organ bounced back, struck out the next batter and ended the night with three strike outs over four innings pitched.
The Bullfrogs scored their second run off of Dan Johnson in the fifth, to tie the game at two. Then, with Brad Douthit on the hill in the seventh, Scott Schebler played hero for Green Bay with a walk-off RBI double to win the second game, 3-2. The split moves the Rafters to 4-9 on the season, while the Bullfrogs settle to 6-9.
Friday night the Rafters are back home at Witter Field for Summertime St. Patty's Night. Join the Rafters for a 7:05 game against the Madison Mallards along with a night of bagpipes, Irish names and all things green. The gates open at 7:05.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release