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Rafters Attempt to Defend Undefeated Home Mark

 

Rafters Attempt to Defend Undefeated Home Mark

Wisconsin Rapids looks to build upon an 8-0 start at Witter Field

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. –  Returning home to take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs (6-8), the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (13-1) put their eight-game home win streak on the line at Witter Field on Wednesday night.

After a quick start and shutdown pitching on Tuesday night, the Rafters won their 11th straight game. Starting off the game early, the Rafters were jolted by a leadoff double off the bat of Bryson Stott in the first. He scored on a Nic Motley sacrifice fly to put the Rafters on the board. The offense did not stop there, tagging the Bullfrogs for three runs with two outs. Dustin Woodcock and Ryan Stekl each notched a base hit before Josh Rehwaldt drove them both in on a single. Charlie McConnell walked with the bases loaded to add another run in the first to give the Rafters a 4-0 lead after a half inning.

Those runs proved to be plenty for Rafters starter Quinn DiPasquale. The righty struck out the side in the bottom of the frame on his way to six innings of one-run ball. He struck out eight and allowed three hits. The Rafters tagged on three more runs, pulling away from the Bullfrogs to win 7-1. The Rafters are now 5-1 on the road this year.

The Rafters are led offensively by Woodcock, who owns a .464 batting average, best in the Northwoods League this year.

Tonight’s starter for Wisconsin Rapids is Jesse Slinger (2-0). The righty has started one game this year, seeing time out of the bullpen in his other appearance. In his lone start, Slinger pitched five and a third, allowing one run and striking out six. The sophomore has a 3.54 ERA on the season. Green Bay sends out right-hander Noah Miller from Arkansas. Miller (1-0, 1.92 ERA) has started one game on the year.

Gates open at 6:05 pm for the 7:05 pm first pitch. This evening is Hunger Coalition Food Sculpture Event “United We Can” night, sponsored by the United Way. 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.