Green Bay, WI – July 16th, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE). Whether it was the 8:05 first pitch, the 6-2-1 put out, the soggy outfield, a batter hit in the head, or the mere fact they were playing baseball after midnight, Thursday turned into a memorable, if not pleasant night for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
Rain delayed the start of game one of a scheduled double header until 8:05. The Rafters lost that first game 10-0 to the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Then, after letting an early 4-0 lead slip away, the Rafters ended the fifth inning of game two at almost 1 a.m. trailing 7-4. By league rules an inning cannot start after 12:50 a.m. so the game will be resumed when the Rafters return to Green Bay on August 2nd.
With just two hits through the seven innings the offense never caught up to the Bullfrogs in game one and the Rafters were forced to use four pitchers in the ten run shut-out. Damon McCormick retired just a single batter in the first and allowed four runs in an injury shortened outing. Jesse Arreola, Tommy Organ and Brandon Van Dam each allowed at least one run to send the Rafters to a game one loss.
In game two, the Rafters used four two out hits to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Evan Peters walked with one out then moved to second on a ground out. Derek Brown blooped a double to left to put the Rafters on the board first. After Michael Smith singled Brown home, Evan Laude singled and Ryan Palermo walked to load the bases for Jenzen Torres. The Rafters catcher lined a single to right center to score two more.
Kyle Anderson, the starter for the Rafters, struggled to hold the lead in the very next inning. The lefty surrendered a lead home run in the bottom of the third, then two more runs to make it a one run game. Then in the fourth, Green Bay banged out three straight doubles with one out on their way to four runs and a 7-4 lead.
Both teams went down 1-2-3 in their halves of the fifth to send the game into its suspended state with the Rafters trailing 7-4.
The Rafters head into the All-Star break with a three game set in La Crosse. Catch all the action on AM 1320 WFHR, starting with the pre-game show Friday night at 6:50 before the 7:05 first pitch. After the three day All-Star break the Rafters return home to face the Wisconsin Woodchucks on July 22nd.
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! For more information call (715) 424-5400 or visit www.raftersbaseball.com.
Courtesy: WI Rapids Rafters