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Published On: July 9th, 2015



July 8, 2015

Contact: Nick Tirro, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations



Rafters Sweep the Woodchucks at Athletic Park

Wisconsin Rapids wins pitcher’s duel 4-1


Wausau, Wis- The Rafters won their fourth consecutive game this evening, defeating the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-1 at Athletic Park.  Wisconsin Rapids improved to 4-3 in the second half with the win tonight, and move to 4-0 against the Woodchucks on the season. Brian Russell (College of Staten Island) threw another gem for the Rafters, picking up his second win of the season. Devin Skapura (Texas A&M) took the loss, and Craig Pearcy (Morehead State) picked up his second save of the summer.


Brian Russell (College of Staten Island) was outstanding tonight for Wisconsin Rapids, going eight inning of one run baseball. He also struck out eight Woodchucks in route to his second win of the summer. Devin Skapura threw well for the Woodchucks, with the only damage the Rafters did off of him, was a two run blast by Beau Jordan (LSU) which was his first home run of the summer. The Rafters added two insurance runs in the ninth inning, as the aforementioned Jordan and Ryan Cleveland both touched home. Cleveland also had an RBI single earlier in the ninth inning.  


The Rafters will be heading to Michigan for a four game out of state trip starting tomorrow. First pitch for today’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




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