Rafters Set for Doubleheader at Eau Claire
Wisconsin Rapids continues playoff push against Express
Eau Claire, Wis.- The Rafters completed the sweep of the Green Bay Bullfrogs last night at Joannes Stadium, winning by a score of 3-1. Today, Wisconsin Rapids seeks their first win against a North division opponent. They’re 0-3 against the North in 2015, losing to Eau Claire in extra innings at Witter Field earlier this season. The Rafters are playing some good baseball as of late, sweeping Green Bay in their last series and winning three of their last four games. Wisconsin Rapids comes into the doubleheader 26-29 overall, 11-12 in the 2nd half. The Express are 25-34 on the season, 12-13 in the 2nd half.
The Rafters will send right-hander Brian Russell (College of Staten Island) to the mound for game one. He is 2-3 with a 3.37 ERA for Wisconsin Rapids. This will be Russell’s 10th start of the season. He will be opposed by Erich Uelmen (Cal Poly), the right hander will be making his eighth appearance overall and fourth start of the summer. His numbers have been solid, compiling a 3-1 record, with a 2.12 ERA. Opponents are batting .190 against Uelmen this summer. The game two starter for Wisconsin Rapids will be John Jaeger (Pacific). He has been very good out of the bullpen for the Rafters and will get the nod to start only his second game this season. In his last five relief appearances he has allowed only one earned run in eight innings. Bryce Hensley (Catawba Valley CC) will make the start in game two for Eau Claire. He is 1-3 with a 4.23 ERA in seven starts. Eau Claire pitchers will have their hands full as Rafters catcher Bryce Jordan (LSU) comes off a series against Green Bay where he went four for seven with an RBI and a run scored in the two Rafters wins.
After the Rafters make the trip to Eau Claire Wednesday for a day-night doubleheader, The Rafters return home for a series against the Lakeshore Chinooks. Tickets are still available, call 715-424-5400 or buy online at 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.