Rafters cap Rockford visit with doubleheader
For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – After weather caused the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ season opener against the Rockford Rivets to be suspended, the Rafters will play a doubleheader today starting at 4:05 p.m.
Game one will begin in the top of the second inning with Anthony Warneke at the plate and Richie Schiekofer at first base. The game was in a scoreless tie and there was one out in the inning when play was suspended. Game two will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one and will be seven innings long.
Despite playing just one full inning, the 2019 Rafters showed promise in their season opener. Josh Nicoloff led off the game with a double to left field and Schiekofer recorded the team’s second hit with a single in the second. Additionally, the Rafters defense started strong with a clean first inning that included a strike out by starting pitcher Nathan Hemmerling.
Matt Osterberg is expected to start game two of the doubleheader against the Rivets. The St. Cloud State product finished his sophomore campaign with a 3.35 ERA. He pitched 48.1 innings, striking out 56 batters and surrendering just 17 walks in 2019.
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