LA CROSSE (Press Release) - Despite pushing the tying run to third base in the top of the ninth inning, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters were saddled with a 6-5 loss to the La Crosse Loggers on the road Tuesday night.
A one out pinch-hit single by Justin Jirschele gave the Rafters a look at a run, trailing by one in the ninth. A single from Garret Nash and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. With the tying and go-ahead runs now in scoring position, both Rafters hitters were punched out on check swing appeals by the base umpire, ending the game at 6-5.
The Rafters used a pair of hit batsmen and a walk to take an early lead. With the bases loaded and two outs an Evan Stermer single drove home two. At first brush, the home plate umpire called the second runner out at the plate to end the inning. But after a conference, the crew called the runner safe and brought the Loggers back out on the field. Curtis Frisbie then singled home a third run before the inning ended.
Michael Huckabay allowed the first five runs to the Loggers. After a solo homer to the number two hitter in the first, Huckabay walked two straight batters with two outs. Both runs came home on a single and an error. The umpiring crew originally called the error a put-out effectively ending the inning. But for a second time on the night they brought a team back on the field after overturning a call. Huckabay got out of the inning tied 3-3 and worked into the fifth, surrendering four earned runs on five hits with four walks.
With the game tied at five into the sixth, Michael Russo walked two of the first three batters he faced in the inning. After Jack Larsen replaced Russo with just one out, the Loggers took their final lead on an RBI single. The inning ended on the same play with Sam Montgomery throwing out a potential second run at home.
The Rafters picked up four base hits over their final five at bats, but left four runners on in that span and hit into a double play in the eighth. In all the Rafters out-hit the Loggers 10-9, but left eight runners on base in their tenth loss of the half.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release