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Published On: May 31st, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids opens the home portion of their schedule against the Madison Mallards Friday

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Coming off a three-game road trip to start the season, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are set to host the Madison Mallards Friday night in the team’s 10thAnniversary Home Opener at Historic Witter Field.

The Rafters played two games at Rockford to open the season, winning the first and coming up short in the second. Wisconsin Rapids then travelled to Madison for a one-game tilt with the Mallards, losing a defensive battle by the final of 2-1.

Richie Schiekofer leads the team with two RBIs through three games. The Rutgers sophomore is hitting .333 with three hits and a stolen base. Catcher Jake Dunham went 2-for-4 in his first game on the season last night.

Neil Abbatiello is projected to start for the Rafters tonight. The senior from Wagner College finished with over 200 strikeouts in his college career. In his senior season, Abbatiello struck out 62 batters in 77.2 innings of work for Wagner. Madison’s projected starter is Oral Roberts Righty AJ Archambo.

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.