Woodchucks & Rafters Play Two in Rapids

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS—June 19, 2013—The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters were able to defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-3 in the first game of a double-header despite a three-RBI game by Madison Carter

The game was a continuation of a postponement from Saturday due to rain. Play resumed in the third with the Woodchucks trailing 1-0 after an unearned Rafters run in the first prior to the delay.

With the Woodchucks trailing 3-1 in the seventh, Carter hit a deep fly ball to left for a two-run home run, tying the game at three runs apiece. It was Carter’s third home run in the last four games and the sixth of his Woodchuck career, including playoffs.

The Rafters would strike first again on Wednesday. With Saturday’s starter Dan Weigel on the mound, Donnie Dewees singled to center to score Taylor Stell and put the Rafters on top 2-0. Dewees would score as well later in the inning on a double by Jonothan Moroney to make it 3-0 in favor of Wisconsin Rapids.

The Woodchuck offense would break through for the first time in the fifth inning. Rob Bennie, making his Woodchuck debut, reached on an error by shortstop George Ragsdale and later scored on a base-hit by Carter to cut the Rafter lead to two runs.

After the Carter two-run home run, the Rafters would break the tie in the eighth. The Rafters scored three runs, all charged to Weigel, to take a 6-3 lead into the ninth inning.

That would be all the Rafters would need as they defeated the Woodchucks 6-3 in Game 1. Game 2 will follow later today.


WISCONSIN RAPIDS—June 19, 2013—The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters completed a sweep of a double-header with the Wisconsin Woodchucks with a walk-off 4-3 victory in the bottom of the seventh.

The game would be tied heading into the bottom of the seventh and final inning of play. After a two-out, infield single by Charlie Curl, Robbie Coman would reach on an error by Kirby Taylor to extend the game. Erik Payne hit a groundball to short, and Madison Carter’s throw to third base was wide, allowing Curl to score and making the Rafters the walk-off victors.

The Woodchucks, after struggling offensively in game one, would wake their bats up in the top of the first. With the bases loaded and one out, Rob Bennie flew out to left, but it was deep enough to score Austin Diemer from third and give the ‘Chucks a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Kirby Taylor singled back up the middle to score Matt Tellor and John Clay Reeves and put the ‘Chucks on top 3-0.

The lead would not last long, however, as the Rafters tied it back up in the second. After Woodchuck starter Matt Ditman quickly retired the first two batters, he ran into trouble with two outs. The Rafters strung together four hits and a walk to put three runs on the board and tie the ball game up at three runs apiece.

That would be all that Ditman would allow as he shut down the Rafters through the rest of the game. Outside of the three-run second, Ditman allowed no runs on no hits and received a no-decision.

The series will head back to Wausau tomorrow with first pitch at 6:35.


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