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Bullfrogs venture to Wisconsin Rapids for series opener

Green Bay, WI — The Green Bay Bullfrogs (13-31, 1-7) look to get back in the win column, venturing to Wisconsin Rapids to face the Rafters (20-23, 5-3) at Witter Field. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. The Bullfrogs have lost 12 of their last 13 games and their last four in a row. Wisconsin Rapids is 3-1 against Green Bay this season.

Who’s Hot

Matthew Acosta (Sophomore, USC) holds the longest active streak for the Bullfrogs at eight games, hitting .306 with 11 hits, two doubles, one triple and two home runs and six RBIs through his first nine games.

After going 2-for-22 through six games, Blaise Maris (Sophomore, Florida Tech) now rides a three-game hit streak. Maris is 4-for-8 in the stretch with one double, one home run and two RBIs. Maris leads the Bullfrogs in hits (40), doubles (5) and RBIs (20) with a .282 average this season.

Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo (Freshman, Navarro College) has hits in seven of his last eight games with three RBIs. Preston Pavlica (Junior, Grand Canyon Univ.) had a break-out performance last night, going 3-for-4 at the dish. with one home run and two RBIs. Pavlica is now up to two home runs this season with nine total hits to go along with his .321 clip.

Opponent Outlook

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters enters tonight’s contest with one of the most dangerous offenses in the Northwoods League, ranking fourth in the league with 28 team home runs. The Rafters are 5-5 in their 10 games and won the last three consecutive games against the Bullfrogs.

Green Bay’s lone victory over the Rafters this season came back on June 2 with a 12-5 road triumph in both team’s first meeting of the summer. The Bullfrogs posted a (then) season-high 12 hits.

Wisconsin Rapids is coming off the home sweep over the Rockford Rivets by scores of 5-0 and 8-2. The Rafters swept the home-and-home series over Green Bay back on July 4-5. In the first meeting, the Rafters faced a 5-0 first inning deficit before scoring 11 unanswered runs to take the 11-7 victory in game one from Witter Field. They would be victorious the next day at Joannes Stadium by the same score, tallying three home runs in the contest.

The Rafters are led by Jack-Thomas Wold who ranks third in the Northwoods League with an impressive 54 hits, team-high 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBIs. Wold also holds a .331 average in 42 games played and a team-best 163 at bats. Steven Rivas leads the team with 10 home runs.

Tonight’s Starting Pitcher

Green Bay right-hander Jason Applegate (Junior, Villanova) is slated to make his fourth start and 12th overall appearance on the mound tonight. Applegate is 1-2 with a 3.47 ERA in a team-high 33 2/3 innings of work with 29 strikeouts.

Applegate makes his first start since June 23 in a 4-1 loss to the Rockford Rivets. His last win on the mound came back on May 31 versus Madison when he allowed one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts.

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The Green Bay Bullfrogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.greenbaybullfrogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bullfrogs as your favorite team.