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Rafters’ seventh-inning rally isn’t enough in second straight game with Madison

    Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

June 7, 2024 – Northwoods League (Northwoods)
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MADISON, Wis. – The Madison Mallards posted a three-run frame against the Rafters in the early innings for the second night in a row.

Wisconsin Rapids starter Arnad Mulamekic worked two scoreless frames before surrendering a three-spot in the bottom of the third inning. Mulamekic walked the first three batters of the inning, loading the bases for the Mallards’ wanted hitter, Alex Harrell. The Rafter lefty induced a ground ball back to the mound, but elected to retire the out at first base, allowing the first run of the ballgame to score.

Madison first baseman Blake Guerin drove the runners into scoring position one batter later with a two-out two-run single to left field.

From there, the two pitching staffs battled each other for the next handful of innings.

Ben Gregory got the ball for Madison in Thursday night’s battle and looked sharp. The right-hander threw five scoreless frames in his second start of the summer. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four in his 76 pitches thrown.

To keep the game at 3-0 through the middle innings, Maddox Thornton was called up to Wisconsin Rapids.

The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi product went four scoreless out of the bullpen in his second appearance of the season. Thornton allowed three hits and walked two Mallard hitters in his 57 pitches thrown.

The Rafters evened the score in the top of the seventh on two huge two-out swings. Kyler McIntosh collected his first knock for the team, driving in the first two runs of the frame. A single to the shortstop made it 3-2 for Tyler McClanahan and Mason Onate.

Jack Mathey delivered an RBI double on the opposite field a batter later, scoring McIntosh from first base to tie the game at three.

The Mallards scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the eighth inning. Madison’s catcher David Whittle beat what could have been an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to keep the frame alive and score Liam Moreno from third base.

Jase Schueller collected the final three outs and the win on the mound for Madison in relief. The right-hander was called upon to get the Mallards out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the eighth inning and struck out Miles Vandenhuevel looking on.

Nick Perry took the loss for the Rafters. The third and final arm of Wisconsin Rafters pitched the eighth inning, with Madison taking the lead.

The Rafters are back in action tomorrow night at home at Historic Witter Field. It’s the start of a three-game homestand and the final two games of a four-game series with the Madison Mallards. It’s the second fireworks Friday of the season for the Rafters in their first home game in June. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 am. The game can be heard on Rafter Baseball radio, WFHR – 97.5 FM, 1320 AM.

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