Rafters Attempt Sweep in Kalamazoo


Rafters Attempt Sweep in Kalamazoo

Wisconsin Rapids looks to win 14th straight game

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. –  Homer Stryker Field plays host to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-1) and the Kalamazoo Growers (4-12) as the Rafters seek their 14th straight win on Friday.

In a win on Thursday night aided by the long ball, the Rafters picked up their 13th win in a row. Nick Anderson paced the offense, starting in the top of the third with a solo home-run to put the Rafters on the board, trailing 2-1. The home-run ball continued with Bryson Stott, who drove a ball over the right field fence to give the Rafters their first lead of the game, 3-2, in the top of the fifth.

Scott Kapers joined in, notching a two-run homer in the seventh inning for his second homer of the year. Anderson added more insurance runs for Wisconsin Rapids, blasting a two-run home-run in the top of the night. Anderson reached base all five times, adding a single and two walks. Sam Carver (1-0) earned his first win on the mound in the 11-3 victory.

On Friday night, the Rafters send J.P. Stevenson (1-0) to the mound to face the Growlers offense. The lefty has started two games for the Rafters, beating Kalamazoo the first time these two teams met up at Witter Field, 11-4. Stevenson has 11 innings pitched on the year, walking just one batter. The junior from Canisius College tossed six innings earlier this year of two-run baseball against Lakeshore in a 7-2 win.                                                                             

Kalamazoo is set to start Luke Schaefer (0-0) for the second time this season against the Rafters. The righty tossed an inning against Wisconsin Rapids at Witter field, giving up two earned runs in an extra-inning game as the Rafters ousted the Growlers 13-12 in 12 innings.

Dustin Woodcock continues to lead the Rafters offensively with a league-best batting average of .455. Woodcock has 15 runs batted in with eight extra base hits.

First pitch in Kalamazoo is slated for 6:05 pm CT. Coverage of the game can be found on WFHR 1320 AM or, the Rafters Radio Network. Pregame coverage begins at 5:50 pm.



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 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.