Battle Creek, MI – July 2, 2012 – Augey Bill's 2012 started extremely well. The Rafters first game with Bill ended badly though. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters lost in extra inning to the Battle Creek Bombers 7-6 in ten innings Monday night in the final game of their five-game road trip.
The Rafters' offense jumped out quickly, scoring two in first inning. Before Augey Bill (SO, Univ. of Arizona) even through a pitch, he had a lead. And with the lead, he cruised. Bill mixed pitches well and fired six strong inning of one-run ball. The lefty allowed just one run on five hits and two walks. The southpaw from the NCAA National Champion Arizona Wildcats struck out four as well.
When he left after six, Wisconsin Rapids led 6-1. Austin Neary (FR, Western Carolina Univ.) knocked in a couple and Pat Kelly picked up two hits in his first three trips to the dish.
The Bombers started chipping away. Collin Willis, who had seven hits in the series, smashed his second homer to make it 6-2 in the seventh. Dillon Moyer blasted one in the eighth to make it 6-3. After Brandon Downes (FR, Univ. of Virginia) lost a fly ball in the sky in center, the score was 6-4. A ground ball scored another, and then in the ninth, Battle Creek found one more when Daniel Rockett ripped a ball to left. The score was 6-6.
Wisconsin Rapids got the first two runners on in the tenth but couldn't score. Seth Fuller (FR, Western Illinois Univ.), who was unscored upon less than two weeks ago, allowed his fourth and fifth runs Monday, scored upon for the fourth time in five appearances. After tying it in the ninth off Fuller, they won in the tenth. Two mistakes from Neary at second base, including the walk-off error off the bat of Collin Willis, ended things, as the Bombers celebrated in the bottom of the tenth at home.
The loss was the Rafters first against Battle Creek and first in extra innings this season. The Rafters (15-17) travels home to play Madison (15-18) for the final two games of the first half before opening the second half on Thursday against Green Bay.
First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05, and it will be Fey Printing "Turn Back the Clock the Night." The Rafters don the retro Wisconsin Rapids Twins style tops against the Mallards who will wear Madison Muskies style tops in a matchup of teams sporting old Midwest League uniforms.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are members of the 16-team summer collegiate Northwoods League. The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2012. Available quantities of all promotional giveaways will vary from event to event and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The best way to guarantee giveaway items is to purchase a 9-Game Package by calling the Rafters ticket office at 715-424-5400. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com
Courtesy: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Sports Information