Offense hopes to re-emerge after quiet series opener
Thunder Bay, Ont. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (33-18) will conclude their brief two-game swing north of the border on Sunday with their fourth meeting of the season with the Thunder Bay Border Cats (12-37). The Rafters enter play having host two-of-three games since the All-Star Break, including a heartbreaking 2-1 loss on Saturday night at Tbaytel Park, their first extra-inning defeat of the summer.
While the Border Cats have yet to officially announce their starting pitcher for Sunday evening’s tilt, the Rafters are expected to tab right-hander Jay Peters (UW-Milwaukee). Peters, who has not pitched since before the All-Star Break. In his most recent outing, Peters endured early struggles against the Green Bay Bullfrogs before settling in and working through six innings in a losing effort.
The evening’s action will mark the sixth interdivisional matchup involving the Rafters this season, with the Rafters currently owning a 3-2 mark in such games. First pitch at Tbaytel Park is slated for 5:05 PM local time (4:05 PM Central) with coverage beginning on WFHR 1320 AM 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
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, 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 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 portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Rafters as your favorite team.