Sports highlights: Rapids baseball, R&B football, & Wolves hockey

Wednesday morning sports wrap

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown Rapids enjoyed a well-deserved scheduled night off Tuesday night after playing a marathon game on the road Monday.

The Rapids returned to Watertown early Tuesday morning after losing to Geneva 6-5 in 14 innings on the road.

The loss dropped the Rapids to 9-9 on the season.

Watertown is back in action Wednesday at home, where they host Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League West Division rival Utica in a 6:15 p.m. start.

Both teams are battling to stay within striking distance of first-place Geneva.

"We know they're a tough opponent," manager Mike Wood said. "We played them pretty well in the doubleheader the other day, so we just kind of look to keep that going."

Turning to the gridiron, while the Carthage Revolution and North Country Tigers are two weeks into their Northeastern Football Alliance seasons, the Watertown Red and Black are getting ready for the upcoming 2019 Empire Football League season.

Coach George Ashcraft's team looks like it should be one of the stronger squads on the offensive side of the ball this season, returning nearly all of their starters and adding some new pieces as well.

"Offensive line-wise we got back four or five of the returning people, plus a couple more new ones, so I think that offensively we look good," Ashcraft said.

In news from the Federal Hockey League, the Watertown Wolves have named Tyler Gjurich a player-coach for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Wolves owner and federal hockey league commissionner Don Kirnan told 7News by text that he is one of the coaches and just sharing coaching duties.

Gjurich led the league in goals last season with 51, power-play goals with 13, and points with 106.

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