Rafters Cap Rockford Visit with Doubleheader

Wisconsin Rapids and Rockford to finish suspended game, play doubleheader

After weather caused the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ season opener against the Rockford Rivets to be suspended, the Rafters will play a doubleheader today starting at 4:05 p.m.

Game one will begin in the top of the second inning with Anthony Warneke at the plate and Richie Schiekofer at first base. The game was in a scoreless tie and there was one out in the inning when play was suspended. Game two will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one and will be seven innings long.

Despite playing just one full inning, the 2019 Rafters showed promise in their season opener. Josh Nicoloff led off the game with a double to left field and Schiekofer recorded the team’s second hit with a single in the second. Additionally, the Rafters defense started strong with a clean first inning that included a strikeout by starting pitcher Nathan Hemmerling.

Matt Osterberg is expected to start game two of the doubleheader against the Rivets. The St. Cloud State product finished his sophomore campaign with a 3.35 ERA. He pitched 48.1 innings, striking out 56 batters and surrendering just 17 walks in 2019.

Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Rafters 9-Game Ticket Packages are on sale now! For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit, call the Rafthouse at

715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafthouse is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.


The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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.