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July 7, 2015
Contact: Nick Tirro, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
Rafters Return to Wausau Seeking 3rd Straight Win
Wisconsin Rapids looks to top the Woodchucks for 3rd time in 2015
Wausau, Wis- The Rafters bats were alive and well last Sunday at Athletic Park as Wisconsin Rapids defeated the Woodchucks 10-9. With yesterday’s game being postponed, the Rafters hope to still carry the momentum from Sunday’s win into today’s ball game. Both teams are currently 2-3 in the 2nd half and come into the game tonight tied for 5th place in the South Division standings.
Brian Russell (College of Staten Island) will be on the hill today for Wisconsin Rapids. The righty is 1-1 with a 2.85 ERA on the season. He has been especially outstanding in his last three starts, going 20 total innings, allowing only 3 earned runs, and opponents are batting .158 against him in those starts. The Rafters bats have also been on a tear the last two games, averaging 12 runs a ball game in the two wins, and 10 runs a game if you include their last three games. Jake Sandlin (Georgia College) has propelled the offense in these last three games, going 7-10 with a home run and 5 RBI’s in that stretch.
The Rafters return to Athletic Park again tomorrow, before heading to Michigan for a four game out of state trip. First pitch for today and tomorrow’s game will be at 6:35 PM. The Rafters will not return to Witter Field until July 14th when they will face off against the Madison Mallards. 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.