Latest News

Published On: June 16th, 2016

1 (3)

Five Mallard home runs sink Rafters on quiet night

Box Score

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – After overcoming a six-run deficit last night, the Rafters were unable to channel the same form on Wednesday night. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (8-7) fell to the Madison Mallards (10-6) by a final score of 10-3 in front of the Witter Field faithful. Home runs victimized the Rafters in their defeat, as the club was bitten for five home runs on the night, the most ever by a Rafter opponent.

For the second consecutive night, the Mallards struck first with a first-inning RBI single from Nate Palace. The Rafters promptly tied the score in the bottom half of the inning, as Joey Morgan (Washington) collected his second RBI in as many days by stroking a line drive run-scoring single to left field.

The Mallards seized the lead in the top of the fourth inning, courtesy of a Matt McCann solo home run with one out. Several batters later, the Mallards plated an additional run on Zach Jarrett’s RBI single, scoring Cameron Frost from third base.

After two more home runs widened the margin to 6-1 in the top of the fifth, starter Gareth Stroh was lifted, having allowed six runs in four innings.  Cameron Busby (Georgia College), who relieved Stroh, threw three innings of one-run work for the Rafters. Jacson McGowan (Purdue) made his pitching debut for the Rafters in a scoreless eighth inning and recorded his first strikeout. Blair Lakso (Buffalo) also pitched an inning in relief, surrendering two home runs in the top of the ninth inning, pushing the deficit to 10-1.

The Rafters were able to string a collection of good plate appearances, plating a pair of runs courtesy of back-to-back infield singles from  Patrick Cromwell (Santa Ana College) and Dustin Woodcock (SIU-Edwardsville)to narrow the score to 10-3. Unfortunately for the Rafters, Rob Calabrese (Illinois-Chicago) was struck out with runners on the corners, ending the ballgame.

The Rafters will welcome in the Kalamazoo Growlers tomorrow night to begin the final series of their six-game home stand. Gates will open at 6:05 PM, as game time is set for 7:05 PM.


The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, 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 150 former 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit For more information, visit