Rafters Host The Growlers In Homestand Opener

Wisconsin Rapids face the All-Star Game hosts Kalamazoo a week before the big game.


Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Rafters return to Witter Field after a three-day road trip and off day for a three-game home stand. The cranberry and gold will face off against the Kalamazoo Growlers in a two game home series. The Growlers are 6-7 in the second half and 30-18 overall while the Rafters are 5-7 and 20-27 overall. This season the Rafters are 1-3 against the Growlers but won their last matchup.

On the mound for the Rafters is the Purdue junior, Gareth Stroh. Stroh is a 6’1” 200 lbs lefty. He sports a 3-1 record and a 2.64 ERA. He has struck out 26 batters and walked only nine in his 34 innings pitched. This will be Stroh’s seventh start for Wisconsin Rapids.

Pitching for the Growlers is Kent State freshman Tyler Drabick. Drabick is a right-handed pitcher who sports a 1-0 record for Kalamazoo. He has a 3.60 record and only five innings pitched. In his time on the mound he has recorded one strikeout, two walks and six hits. This will be Drabick’s second start for the Growlers.

The Rafters square off against the Growlers tomorrow, followed by a game against the Madison Mallards Thursday. All games are slated for 7:05 p.m.




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.