Rafters fall to improbable comeback
For the Rapids City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (14-18) took a nine-run lead 11-2 to the ninth and the Kenosha Kingfish (12-18) scored 10 times for a one-run lead and held on to complete the largest ninth-inning comeback win in Northwoods League history.
Kenosha struck first with a two-run single from Jack Yalowitz. Following an 71-minute rain delay, the Rafters’ bats came alive. Mike Rojas (Auburn) worked a bases-loaded walk and Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV) cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fifth.
The cranberry and gold poured it on in the sixth. Wisconsin Rapids scored seven times on six hits. Steven Rivas (Long Beach State) plated two with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Mitch Mallek (St. Cloud State) earned an RBI with a base hit to right. Wold collected his second double and plated two more runs.
In the top of the ninth, Kenosha set the tone with a lead-off home run to right center from Jack Yalowitz. The Kingfish loaded the bases multiple times and took the lead with a two-run double from Scott Dubrule. In the end, 10 runs scored on six hits and one Rafter error. The ten-run ninth inning from Kenosha to come back and win is the largest such comeback in Northwoods League history.
Connor Doyle (1-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the win for pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth. Josh Aguilar (0-2, 6.48 ERA) suffered the loss. Josh Serio (0-2, 2.19 ERA) earned his fifth save.