FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2015
Contact: Nick Tirro, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
Rafters Win Slug-Fest 11-7 on Monday Night
Rafters hook the Chinooks and are now 3.5 games out of 1st place
Mequon, Wis- The Rafters take sole possession of 2nd place in the Northwoods League South Division with an 11-7 win over Lakeshore on Monday night. Wisconsin Rapids took an 8-0 lead with a six run fifth inning and never looked back. Mitchell McGeein (Eastern Michigan) blasted his fourth home-run of the summer in that inning and really got the offensive going. Back-to-Back RBI doubles from Ryan Cleveland (Georgia Southern) and Sam Tolleson (Central Florida) in the eighth inning provided some much needed insurance runs for the visiting team.
Brian Russell (College of Staten Island) was the starter for Wisconsin Rapids tonight and he picked up his first win of the summer for the Rafters. Russell threw a stellar six innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run in his fourth outing if the summer. Brian Bass (Faulkner University) came in to get the final out of the game in the only batter that he faced.
The 2nd place Rafters have another game in Lakeshore to conclude this four game road trip tomorrow night. The Rafters return home to Historic Witter Field Wednesday to take on the first place Kenosha Kingfish. Tickets are still available, call 715-424-5400.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 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 (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.