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Published On: June 27th, 2018

Wisconsin Rapids continues facing Big Top Baseball opponents starting a home and home with Madison


Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Rafters split the series with one Big Top Baseball rival, before taking on another tonight. Wisconsin Rapids bested Kenosha 16-5, the highest scoring game for the Rafters in the 2018 season and only the second time in franchise history that they have scored exactly 16 runs. This moves the Rafters to 15-18 on the season.

Eight out of nine starting Rafters recorded a hit in the matchup against the Kingfish. The bottom of the order went a combined 8 for 9 with six runs batted in! The cranberry and gold collected 16 runs, hits and RBI. The win went to Tyler Giovinco (Army West Point), earning his first win in his debut for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

On the mound for the Rafters tonight is Charlie Ruegger (Stevens Institute of Technology). The Rafters resident draft pick sports a 1-2 record with a 1.60 ERA.  In 28 innings pitched, Ruegger has struck out 30 batters (leading the team) and given up 24 hits. This will be his seventh start of the season.

Pitching for the Mallards is Brian Morrell. The freshman from Notre Dame sports a 3.56 ERA with a 1-0 record. He has made seven appearances with three starts. In his 17.2 innings pitched, Morrell has struck out 13 and allowed 19 hits.

The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Witter Field. The Rafters will head to Madison for the June 3rd game, before heading home to Witter for an Independence Day matchup.




The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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, 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  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.