FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2015
Contact: Nick Tirro, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
Rafters Ruin Mallards Win Streak With 3-1 Win
Rafters defeat Madison for the first time this season
Madison, Wis- Wisconsin Rapids notched their first win of this three game road trip when they defeated the Mallards 3-1 this evening at the Duck Pond. The win puts the Rafters record at 13-14 on the summer. The low scoring affair was highlighted by an outstanding pitching performance from Brian Russell (College of Staten Island). The right hander threw seven stellar innings and allowed one run while striking out four. Brian Bass (Faulkner University) threw two innings as he collected his second save of the summer.
Demetrius Sims (Bethune-Cookman) made the play of the summer so far with a bare-handed over the shoulder catch in the fifth inning. He was removed from the game with an injury but it was another play to add to his already outstanding highlight reel. Ryan Cleveland (Georgia Southern) laced a couple of baseballs in the gap, as he went two for four with two doubles and a run scored. The 2014 Northwoods League batting champion Zack Domingues (Long Beach State) had an RBI single in the second inning and scored a huge insurance run in the ninth inning to help secure the 3-1 victory.
Wisconsin Rapids will head back home tomorrow to take on the Madison Mallards at Historic Witter Field. It will be Delton Grand Wisconsin Dells Night. 1,000 Dells coupon books and hotel stay giveaways. Special guest FLOW Parkour presented by Nasonville Dairy. La Crosse comes to town on the 25th of June for Duncan Disability Law Saturday Night . Tickets are available for all remaining Rafters home games, call 715-424-5400 or go to www.raftersbaseball.com.
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.