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Schwendel solid as Rafters win 5-0

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(GREEN BAY) - Revenge is a dish best served with a shut-out. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters turned the tables on the Green Bay Bullfrogs Saturday night, answering a prior nights shut out with a 5-0 shut-out victory of their own.

With just a single hit allowed over the first five frames, Paul Schwendel put a stranglehold on the Bullfrogs offense over six and one third innings. When a one out walk followed by a single forced the righty from the game in the seventh, Schwendel had allowed zero runs on four total hits, striking out a season high seven. Kevin Wild and Joie Dunyon combined over a hitless seventh, eighth and ninth to secure the Rafters second shut-out of the season.

A four run second inning provided enough offense for the Rafters. With one out Evan Stermer doubled to spark the early rally. A walk by Justin Jirschele pushed Stermer into scoring position and he came home on a double by Bart Steponovich, giving the Rafters the 1-0 early lead. Aaron Mees then grounded a ball up the middle to drive home run number two and reached safely on an errant throw by the short-stop.

Leading 2-0 with runners on the corners, the Rafters were not done. A walk by the lead-off hitter Garrett Nash pushed two into scoring position for Luke Acosta. Already with a single in his first at-bat, Acosta singled a second time, plating two and giving the Rafters and Schwendel plenty of support to work with.

With the pitching dominating, the Rafters were able to extend their lead with a single run in the sixth. Curtis Frisbie led off the inning with his first of two singles on the night. After swiping second, Frisbie scored on an RBI knock from Jirschele to put the Rafters up by their final margin of 5-0.

Saturday marks just the second win of the season for the Rafters against the Frogs and pushes their second half record back over five hundred at 8-7. Schwendel moves to 2-0 picking up win number two in just his third start as a Rafter.

Courtesy: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

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