Rafters Bolster Pitching Staff With Pair Of Antelope Southpaws


Evanko Returning To Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Continuing the trend of re-signing players back from their 2015 team, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have announced that left-handed pitcher Ethan Evanko (Grand Canyon University) will return for the 2016 season. Joining Evanko will be his teammate and fellow left-hander Jake Repavich (Grand Canyon University). 

“We’re extremely excited to have Ethan back for a full season,” said Rafters general manager John Fanta. “Adding Jake Repavich along with Evanko will provide Craig with two outstanding options from the left side in 2016.”

LHP – Ethan Evanko, 6’4” 185 (L/L) Redshirt Sophomore, Grand Canyon University

Evanko joined the Rafters well into their 2015 season and saw success working out of the bullpen for the team. In eight appearances, he tallied eight strikeouts in 12 innings pitched and finished with a 2.25 ERA. Evanko battled the injury bug in the spring of 2015 after a tremendous freshman season a year prior, in which he went 6-1 with a 3.42 ERA and struck out 41 in 73.2 innings pitched. He will look to continue his prowess on the mound this spring for the Antelopes. He is a native of Gilbert, Arizona.

LHP – Jake Repavich, 6’0” 180 (L/L) Sophomore, Grand Canyon University

The left-handed Repavich is set to join the Rafters for the 2016 season. Repavich worked both out of the rotation and the bullpen during his freshman season for the Antelopes in route to an 8-2 record with a 4.72 ERA. In 20 appearances he notched 39 strikeouts through 68.2 innings pitched. In his final prep season, Repavich was named Second Team All-Southern Arizona after compiling a 1.27 ERA and striking out 73 batters over 11 outings. He is a native of Vail, Arizona.

Solarus Founders Club and Bleacher 9-Game Ticket Packages are on sale now. Group outing opportunities such as the Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa Rat Trap and Point Craft River packages are also available. Dates are starting to fill up so if you have an interest please call the Rafters office at 715-424-5400 or stop by the Rafthouse Team Shop Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.


The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 140 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit