Battle Creek, MI July 29, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)- With just three hits in game one, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters needed a lift in game two of Thursday's Battle Creek double header. That lift came in the form of five and two thirds innings of one run baseball from Tommy Organ, en route to a 3-1 win over the Bombers.
Organ allowed just three hits into the sixth and one run, a triple that scored on a sac-fly in the first. With four strike-outs on the day, Organ did not allow a hit from the second inning on to hold the Bombers down. Steve Godawa and Brad Douthit combined for the final four outs to nail down the win.
Cody Koback had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run with an infield single in the seventh to provide just enough of a cushion for Organ and the staff. "The key to us bouncing back in game two was really Tommy's outing, he was just outstanding" Koback said. "As far as my hitting goes, it's a long season and it comes down to keep making adjustments in batting practice every day." Koback now has 15 hits over his last nine games.
Game one took less than an hour and a half. Mitch Running started with two scoreless innings, but left with soreness in his pitching arm. Brandon Van Dam came in relief and allowed all four runs in the third inning. Van Dam clamped down and did not allow a hit over his final four innings, but the Rafters offense could not string hits together. Jenzen Torres picked up a pair of singles and Koback had the first of his four total hits on the day.
Friday it is on to Madison for the first two of a three game weekend series against the Mallards. Sunday is Cancer Awareness night presented by the Marshfield Clinic at 5:05. The Rafters will wear pink uniforms, available in a silent auction throughout the game.
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