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Published On: August 7th, 2017
Rafters Host Bombers for Double Header on Monday
Wisconsin Rapids opens three-game series vs. Battle Creek at Witter Field
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – In the final series of the season against Battle Creek (38-26, 18-11), Wisconsin Rapids (47-18, 20-9) hosts the Bombers at Witter Field on Monday for a double-header. 
The Rafters are 4-1 against the Bombers this year, and can claim the season series with at least one win over the next three days. On Sunday, the Rafters swept the season series against Kenosha with an 11-1 victory. 
The Rafters jumped ahead before a rain delay, scoring a run in the top of the first. Bryson Stott doubled and scored with two outs when Ryan Stekl doubled off the wall in center. The rain delay began after the top of the second inning and Rafters starter Jesse Slinger retired all six Kingfish batters he faced.
After the delay a single, hit by pitch and error on a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases for Jared Nelson who delivered a bloop RBI single. Charlie McConnell drove in a run on a sacrifice groundout before Bryson Stott knocked in two on a single back up the middle to extend the lead to 5-0.
Alex Holderbach hit his second home run in just his third game with the Rafters, blasting a solo shot in the third inning. Holderbach added another RBI in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, part of a three run inning for Wisconsin Rapids. Bryson Stott and Ryan Stekl tallied an RBI each on singles to open the lead to nine runs. Rapids added two more in the seventh to hold an 11-0 advantage. Kenosha scored its lone run in the eighth. The Rafters used four pitchers in the win. 
On the mound to open the double-header against the Bombers is Quinn DiPasquale (6-2) for the Rafters. The right-hander owns a 3.64 ERA in ten starters. With a win, DiPasquale can tie teammates Jack Eagan and Jesse Slinger for the most wins in the Northwoods League this year. The junior has five starts of six or more innings and has not given up more than one run in those games. Set to counter DiPasquale for the Bombers is Tyler Garam (1-2). The lefty hander holds a 3.71 ERA on the season. 
Set to take the mound in game two for the Rafters is George Castillo (0-1). The right-hander has two starts this year, with his most recent coming at Witter Field against Lakeshore. Castillo tossed five and two-thirds while giving up two runs. Facing Castillo on the mound for the Bombers is Tyler Kirkwood. The lefty has one appearance out of the Battle Creek bullpen, giving up six runs. 
Monday is help the Rafters swat away the Bombers night with a Rafters Fly Swatter Giveaway. Pregame coverage starts at 4:50 p.m. on AM 1320 WFHR and, the Rafters Radio Network.
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, 180 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 www.raftersbaseball.comor download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.