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Rafters Host Woodchucks for the First Time This Year

 

Rafters Host Woodchucks for the First Time This Year

Wisconsin Rapids looks to win its fourth straight game

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Two wins on the weekend at Lakeshore have the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters set to host the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Monday evening at Witter Field.

The two teams met up eight times last season as the Rafters won all eight games against the Woodchucks (2-4).

Against Lakeshore this past weekend, it took a come from behind win in the first game and a jolt in the later innings in game two to pick up the series sweep for the Rafters (5-1). The series finale provided 17 runs for the Rafters with nine of them coming in the top of the eighth to set a franchise record for most runs in a single inning. Seven players recorded at least two hits, highlighted by Scott Kapers two hits and three runs batted in.

With the Woodchucks in town, the Rafters attempt to start the home portion of their schedule 4-0, which would extend the franchise best mark Wisconsin Rapids set against Fond du Lac last week to start 3-0 for the first time in team history.

The Woodchucks enter today’s game after their offense broke out Sunday night in a 13-10 win against Fond du Lac. Stevie Mangrum led the bats with a two-for-four game, blasting a home-run and driving in four runs. The win snapped a three game Wisconsin losing streak.

Slated to take the hill for Wisconsin Rapids is Opening Day starter Jack Eagan (1-0) from Madison College. The lefty went six innings without allowing a hit in the team’s first game of the season against Kenosha. A one-hit, seven strikeout performance gave Eagan the first win for the Rafters on the year.

The gates open at 6:00 pm for the 7:05 pm first pitch at Witter Field. Full coverage of the game starts at 6:50 pm on AM 1320 WFHR and WFHR.com, the Rafters Radio Network.

 

 

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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 170 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 (BOS), 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 http://northwoodsleague.com/wisconsin-rapids-rafters/ 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.