Rafters Fall at Home to End 14-Game Win Streak


Rafters Fall at Home to End 14-Game Win Streak

Woodchuck pitching the factor in first home defeat


Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – A historic run of 14 wins in a row came to an end Saturday evening in Wisconsin Rapids, with the home Rafters falling to the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-2 from Witter Field. 


The Woodchucks jumped on the Rafters early and slow bats throughout the night ultimately ended the franchise record for consecutive wins. Stevie Mangrum drove in two runs for the Woodchucks, including a solo-home run for his eighth of the year. With the loss, the Rafters fall to 16-2 on the season, still in command of first place in the South Division.


The visiting Woodchucks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring a run in each of the first two frames. Northwoods League home run leader Stevie Mangrum continued his impressive start to the season by blasting a solo shot to deep centerfield to open the scoring in the first. Wisconsin would add another in the second when Andrew Smith would score on a Milton Rivera double.


Wisconsin Rapids answered back in the third, manufacturing two runs on one hit. After the first two batters reached base via the walk, Nick Owens laid down a bunt to set the plate for Bryson Stott. The left handed hitting shortstop delivered a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Jake Guenther from third. Nick Anderson would plate the second run for the Rafters with an RBI single, scoring newcomer Wyatt Mascarella. After three full innings the game was knotted at two.


The Woodchucks took the lead in the fifth as Stevie Mangrum drove in his second run of the evening with a single to score Andrew Smith. Smith would score again in the seventh inning, after he was hit by a pitch and stole second, on a Tristan Clarke single to right field. Wisconsin’s 4-2 lead would be held by the bullpen for the remainder of the game to earn the win. 


The Rafters stranded nine runners on base in their first loss of the year at home. Tevita Gerber (0-1) earned the loss for Wisconsin Rapids, who maintain a three- game lead over Battle Creek after the defeat.


The story of the evening was the bullpen for the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Five scoreless innings in relief of starter Gordon Cardenas were executed by the combination of Andres Papageorge, Jackson Owens, Lenny Gwizdala and Orsen Josephona. Aided by errorless baseball, the Woodchucks improve to 6-12 on the year.


The Rafters and Woodchucks will meet again tomorrow in Wausau at Athletic Park in a 3:05 p.m. start. Coverage of the game can be found on WFHR 1320 AM or, the Rafters Radio Network at 2:50 p.m.



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.