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Published On: July 19th, 2018

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI- In another rough night at Witter Field the Growlers fell to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 12-1 on Wednesday night.

The Growlers walked 19 Rafters in the game, allowing the first six Rafters runs to score without Wisconsin Rapids recording a hit. The 19 walks delivered by Growlers pitching is the most in any Northwoods League game over the last 10 years, and broke the previous franchise record of 15 walks.

Sam Weatherly started the game for Kalamazoo, going three innings, allowing six runs, no hits, and walking 10. Relief pitchers Dakota Roberts, Bryce Welborn and Jared Miller combined for 9 walks and 6 runs.

Wisconsin Rapids starter Trayson Kubo, a Northwoods League All-Star, was excellent in the win. Kubo pitched five innings without allowing a run, picking up his fourth win of the season. 

The Growlers have struggled mightily at Witter Field, losing their last three games at the venue, allowing 39 runs in those three losses. The Growlers suffered double-digit losses on back-to-back nights for the first time all season.

The Rafters had only scored 7 runs in their previous four games before scoring 25 in the two-game set versus Kalamazoo.

A continuing bright spot for the Growlers is Jason Sullivan. The Growlers utility man extended his hit streak to 15 games with a double in the ninth inning and added to his positions played total. Sullivan filled in behind the plate in the later innings making catcher the fifth position played for Sullivan this season. Sullivan has pitched, played third base, second base, first base, and catcher in the 2018 season.

The Growlers six game road trip moves to Wausau as Kalamazoo is set to battle the Woodchucks at Athletic Park. The Growlers have only played Wisconsin twice in 2018, defeating the Woodchucks in both games at Homer Stryker Field.


The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering 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, 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 or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.