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Wednesday Northwoods Recap

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The Wisconsin Woodchucks game was postponed due to rain delay.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters offense combined for just three hits while seven Rafters went hitless, as Wisconsin Rapids dropped their second consecutive game to the Madison Mallards, 4-2.

The Mallards scored four unanswered runs from the third inning on, while striking out eight, and combined for eight hits to earn their first two-game winning streak of the season. The win improved the Mallards to 4-3 on the season and dropped the Rafters to below .500 for the first time since May 30.

The game started off promising as Rafters starter and Texas A&M hurler, Greg Maisto, tossed four and two-thirds innings while fanning three Duck hitters. The Rafters offense struck for two early runs as Taylor Stell led the Rafters first inning off by taking a pitch off his front shoulder. Stell, the Northwood's league-leader in stolen bases, swiped second to record his team-leading ninth stolen base through just seven complete games. With Stell at second, Zack Belanger, ripped an RBI single to left field to plate Stell from second base and give the Rafters their first lead over the Mallards in eight innings, 1-0.

The Rafters would respond with another run in the bottom of the second as Mallards starter, Justin DAmato, after striking out the first batter of the second, walked the next three batters in the second inning to give the Rafters the bases loaded. Stell, after scoring the Rafters first run, came to the plate and hit a deep fly ball to center field as the Mallards, Anthony Checky, made a nice hustling grab for the second out. The ball was deep enough as Stell was awarded with an RBI sacrifice fly, his fourth of the year. Cort Brinson plated the run, giving the Rafters a 2-0 advantage.

The Rafters offense would stall after the second as they muscled just two more singles the rest of the way. Neither team recorded an extra-base hit in the contest.

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