Rafters Hope To Carry Over Energy From Last Night’s Walk-Off
Wisconsin Rapids take on Lakeshore Chinooks in the final game of the season series.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Last night’s walk off performance pushed the Rafters to 10-9 on the second half and 25-29 and are only 1.5 games back from the south division leaders. The win caused the Chinooks to fall 9-10 on the second half and to tie with the Rafters for overall record at 25-29. Tonight, the Rafters will face the Chinooks for the final matchup between the two games in 2018. With last night’s close game, tonight is sure to entertain.
Last night, Jake Dunham (Northern Illinois) hit his first home run of the season to score the first run of the game for the Rafters. In his Witter Field debut, Tyler Fedje-Johnson (Davidson) drew the bases loaded hit by pitch to score the winning run.
On the hill tonight for the Rafters is Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin). The junior righty is 5-1 with the Rafters and has a 1.29 ERA. In 42.0 innings pitched, he has struck out 39, walked 24 and allowed 26 hits. Kubo’s last appearance came in the 2018 Northwoods League All-Star Game where he pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning with a strikeout.
Pitching for the Chinooks will be Kevin Tibor (Carthage). Tibor sports a 4-4 record and a 2.12 ERA. Three of Tibor’s four wins have come against the Rafters. In his 55 innings pitched, he has struck out 30 batters and allowed 41 hits and only 8 walks.
The first pitch is slated for 7:05p.m. The Rafters will continue their home stand with two games of a four-game series against the Rockford Rivets on Saturday and Sunday.
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 www.raftersbaseball.com 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.