Wisconsin Rapids Will Begin Season At Home Against Kenosha
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Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-The defending Northwoods League Champion Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will open their eight season at home against the Kenosha Kingfish on Tuesday, May 30th. The Northwoods League released its complete schedule today for the 2017 season. The 24th season will feature 20 teams, with the additions of the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders and Bismarck Larks, an All-Star Game, a Major League Dreams Showcase and 72 regular season games.
The Northwoods League, which plays two halves to determine playoff participants similar to most professional minor leagues, will end the first half of play on July 4th with the second half beginning on July 5th. Four teams from both the North and South divisions will meet in the Divisional Playoff Series on August 14th-15th. The North and South Division Champions will then meet in a best-of-three series for the Summer Collegiate World Series from August 16-18.
The 2017 Northwoods League All-Star Game will be held in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Highlights of the 2017 Rafters schedule include:
• A wide assortment of dates to choose from: The Rafters will play five games on Mondays; six games on Tuesdays; seven games on Wednesday; four games on Thursdays; two games on Fridays; seven games on Saturdays; and five games on Sundays.
• The Rafters final home game of the regular season will be Sunday, August 13th against the Lakeshore Chinooks for the always popular “Fan Appreciation Night”. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm.
• The Rafters and rival Wisconsin Woodchucks will participate in two home-road, day-night doubleheaders on June 20th and July 26th. Wisconsin Rapids travels to Wausau for an 11:35 start in game one on June 20th before returning home to Witter Field for the night cap at 7:05 the same day. On Wednesday, July 26th, the Rafters host the Woodchucks for afternoon baseball with a 12:05 scheduled start time before heading on the road for the night game at Athletic Park.
• The Major League Dreams Showcase event, featuring the top 100 prospects in the Northwoods League as chosen by a panel of major league scouts will return to Warner Park in Madison, WI for the fifth consecutive year on August 8th. The first game will begin at 4:05 pm, with game two set for 7:35 pm.
Founders Club Season Tickets, all-you-can-eat 9-Game Packages, and Group Tickets are on sale NOW. There will be three 9-game packages to choose from in 2017, and the dates for those packages will be released soon. Please call the Rafters Front Office at 715-424-5400 for additional information.
Single game ticket prices for the 2017 season will be $9 for a reserved bleacher seat, $8 for standing room only tickets and will go on sale Friday, April 21st of next year. The full promotional schedule for the 2017 Rafters season will be released in the Spring as well.
If you’re still looking for a gift for the holidays, make sure to stop into the Rafters office at Witter Field. Ticket packages, merchandise and gift cards are all available.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). 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 or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.