Madison - One strong start, zero errors and seven runs all equaled a second straight win for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters as they defeated the Madison Mallards 7-1 Sunday night. The win gives the Rafters, 2-2 in the second half, their first .500 record as a franchise.
The strong start belonged to Brad Douthit who allowed just a single hit over his first five innings of work. Douthit squirmed out of multi-runner trouble in both the sixth and seventh to post seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and punching out five. With the win Douthit moves his own record back even at 3-3 on the summer.
Seven runs for the Rafters came thanks to seven hits, along with four Mallards errors. Scoreless through the first four innings, the Rafters took an early lead with three in the fifth. Garrett Nash singled to start the frame and promptly stole second base. Aaron Mees, hitless as a Rafter into the game, doubled down the line for the first run. The very next batter, Alex Edward, drove a ball just over the left field wall for a two run home run to give the Rafters a 3-0 lead.
The Rafters scored single runs over the sixth and seventh to take a commanding 5-0 lead into the eighth. In the eighth the Rafters left no doubt, adding two more runs. After Bobby Martin was hit by the pitch and Nash reached on an error, the Rafters were on the attack again with two on and no one out. Edward picked up his third RBI of the night with a single drive home the first run. When the inning ended the Rafters led 7-0.
The only run of the night for Madison came home against Skyler Debilzen in the bottom of the eighth. After one out double to left, a ground ball down the first base line hit the bag and bounded to right allowing the run to score. Evan Stermer, despite allowing a lead double, recorded the final three outs of the game to give the Rafters their second straight victory over the Mallards.
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