Wisconsin Rapids, WI June 20, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)- A scoreless sixth could have had the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters looking at a 2-1 win, instead the Madison Mallards plated seven in the inning to cruise to an 8-2 win despite two late Rafter runs.
Starter Chris Green allowed just one run through the first five innings before the explosion in the sixth. He finished the night with five earned runs on five hits, one walk and two strike outs. Steve Godawa allowed three runs in the sixth on four hits and a walk.
Three Rafter's relievers blanked the Mallards, the best hitting team in the league, over their final three at bats. Jesse Arreola faced Madison for the second straight day in relief. "Coach told me they were the best hitting team in the league, so I just had to finish down in the zone," Arreola said. "Then even if they made contact it would be on the ground for outs." Over three innings of relief Arreola held the Mallards to one run and struck out three.
Single runs in the seventh and eighth had the Rafters thinking late life again, but a rally in the ninth never got off the ground as the Rafters fall to 5-11. Evan Peters went 3-4 with three singles, while Jenzen Torres notched two more hits and a walk.
The Rafters are back on the road again Monday and Tuesday for two against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Kyle Anderson is slated to get his first start of the season for the Rafters. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are members of the 16-team summer collegiate Northwoods League. Single game tickets, ticket packages and group tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets and 9 Game Packs are now available for purchase online at raftersbaseball.com. For more information call (715) 424-5400 or visit www.raftersbaseball.com. The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2010.
Courtesy: Rafters Baseball