By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - The Woodchucks in Lacrosse facing the Loggers last night. These two finished up Friday night's rain delayed game and the Loggers won that one 9-8 behind five runs in the ninth inning.
Saturday's game is currently in a rain delay in the fifth inning and the Chucks lead 4-1.
The pitching carried the day for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, but the offense helped out late in a 5-1 win over the Battle Creek Bombers Saturday night.
In just his second start of the season lefty Kyle Anderson tossed six scoreless innings with three strike outs and no walks. Anderson allowed one unearned run in the seventh inning, but that did nothing to blot his spectacular evening.
"I really had my curveball working and that helped keep a lot of left-handers off balance," Anderson said. After a rain shortened start earlier in the week, the lefty relished the chance to get back on the mound. "I threw well the last two innings before the rain in my last start, and that helped give me some confidence into the start tonight," Anderson said.
The combo of Brad Douthit and Steve Godawa proved valuable again for the Rafters in relief. Douthit tossed two innings of two hit relief, while Godawa nailed down the final three outs in the ninth.
After scratching a lead with single runs in the third and fifth innings, the Rafters faced a tight 2-1 game headed to the ninth. But with two outs Matt Johnson singled, stole second and ended up at third when the throw sailed into center field. After Brian Embery walked, Johnson scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
With Embery now at second, Cody Koback picked up his seventh RBI of the season with a single. Koback stole second and then scored when Garrett Branske made it to first safely on an error to tack on the final run of the night for the Rafters.
Anderson moves his record to 1-0 while Bombers starter John Morrison falls to 0-2. The Rafters are now 8-14 while Battle
The Rafters are back at Witter Field on Tuesday, June 29 for Guaranteed Win Night against the Waterloo Bucks at 7:05. If the Rafters lose that night, every fan gets a free ticket to another Rafters home contest.
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Online Reporter: Sean Giggy
Courtesy Wisconsin Rapids Rafters