Rafters Open Division Play at Madison

Wisconsin Rapids kicks off season series against Madison with road game Thursday

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (1-1) play their first division game of the team’s 10thanniversary season on the road tonight against the Madison Mallards (2-0) at 6:05 p.m.

The Rafters played a doubleheader in Rockford Wednesday, winning the first game and dropping the second. Osvaldo Tovalin impressed at the plate, hitting .429 through two games. Richie Schiekofer went 2-for-6 on the day and drove in two runs.

Rafters pitching had a successful day, shutting out the Rivets and holding them to five hits in game one. On the doubleheader, Rapids pitchers posted 22 strikeouts and just one walk.

The Mallards won their first two games against the Kokomo Jackrabbits by a combined score of 18-3. EJ Ranel leads the Madison offense with a .556 batting average and five RBIs.

Tonight’s game is the first of twelve matchups this season between the Mallards and Rafters in the Great Lakes West division.

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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.