Wisconsin Rapids, WI August 1, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE). A third straight pitcher's duel between the Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters ended in historic fashion Sunday night as Rusty Shellhorn tossed the first no hitter in Mallards history to beat the Rafters 4-0.
Shellhorn struck out eight Rafters, using just 103 pitches to work through his nine hitless innings. The Madison lefty walked four and hit a batter, but allowed just one Rafters runner to reach as far as third base.
With Shellhorn dealing out hitless innings, Dan Johnson allowed just a single run to the Mallards to keep the Rafters in the game through six. The one run scored from third on a wild pitch in the second. Johnson allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in his second consecutive six inning start. With the hard luck loss, Johnson moves to 0-4.
The closest brush with a Rafters base hit came in the bottom of the seventh inning. With a runner on first and two down, Beck Wheeler lined what seemed a sure single to right. But Mallards right-fielder Kyle Gaedele made the catch on a full extension dive forward to save Shellhorn's no hitter.
Sunday's loss wrapped up the season series against the Mallards for the Rafters. On the year the Rafters went 2-8 against Madison, with both wins at Witter Field. Overall on the second half the Rafters fall to 6-15 while the Mallards move to 14-8.
Tuesday, August 3 the Rafters host a double header against the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The first of two seven inning games will start at 5:35 with the gates open an hour prior at 4:35. The double header is a make-up of Veolia bobble head night so arrive early before game one to be sure and get your Rosco P. Rafter bobble head.
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