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Rafters Try For The Split With Kalamazoo

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Texas A&M Right-Hander Jason Freeman To Make Rafters Debut

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (2-13) look to turn away the Kalamazoo Growlers (6-9) tonight at 7:05pm in front of the cranberry crazies at historic Witter Field. Looking to rebound from last night’s loss to the Growlers, the Rafters are ready to get even in the series.

The starter tonight for the Rafters will be Texas A&M right-handed pitcher Jason Freeman, who will be making his first start of the season for the Rafters. Freeman is coming off of a very impressive junior season with the Aggies, as he posted a 3.86 era in twelve appearances and had an outstanding walk to strikeout ratio, with only two walks to fourteen strikeouts. This is not Freeman’s first go-around in summer collegiate baseball, as last summer he played with the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League. 

The Growlers will send out the Ohio State right handed hurler Jacob Post (1-1) tonight to face the new look Rafters lineup. Post did not fare so well his last time out as he gave up seven earned runs in just four innings of work in a loss against the Green Bay Bullfrogs.

The Rafters hitters will try and keep the hit parade going tonight as last night they posted ten hits against the Growlers pitching staff.  Clark Eagan had three of those hits in his debut game for the Rafters, including an RBI double off of the wall in the eighth inning. Keelin Rasch looks to stay hot against these Growlers pitchers after going three for four against them last night with a ringing double in the sixth inning.

The gates will open at 6:05pm tonight as it is Fey Printing “Turn Back the Clock” night here at Witter Field. The Rafters will be wearing old school Twins style uniforms which will then be auctioned off after the game.  Wisconsin Rapids native Terry Stake will also be on hand to show off his recent publication, Looking at the Beams, which was published by Fey Printing.

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The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube Channel. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.