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Rafters Win First Game of Season

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Waterloo, IA - The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters left no doubt about their first win of the season, jumping on the Waterloo Bucks early and cruising to a 13-1 win Tuesday night at Riverfront Stadium.                                              

With more two out hitting carrying over from Monday's loss, the Rafters scored two in the first on a two out Josh Cyr double. Then, in the second inning, a double and single to lead off the inning, coupled with a Bucks throwing error led to another pair of runs. The big blows though came in the third and fourth innings for the Rafters.

After Kyle Peterson hit a solo home run with one out, the Rafters loaded the bases in the third. The very next batter, Mark Strey, broke the game open with a bases clearing double that put the Rafters up 8-0. Peterson, far from done on the evening, gave the Rafters an even bigger cushion with a two run blast in the fourth. When the dust settled on the first four innings the Rafters led by 12 runs.

Starter Brad Douthit, with a hefty lead, locked in on the plate, pounding the strike-zone and inducing ground ball after ground ball from the Bucks line-up. Douthit worked eight innings and allowed just a single run on four hits, while walking one and striking out six. The win is Douthit's first of the season and moves his record to 1-1.

The 13 run outburst breaks the previous franchise mark for runs in a game, 12, set on August 9, 2010 against La Crosse. 15 hits in a game is also a new franchise high, while Douthit's eight innings is the longest outing by a starter in Rafters history.

Courtesy: Rafters Sports Information 

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