Wisconsin Rapids set to face Madison, start home stretch
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (5-7) look to pick up their second-straight win with a home matchup against the Madison Mallards (11-1).
The Rafters struck first on the road Saturday against the Lakeshore Chinooks and did not slow down on their way to a 5-0 shutout victory. Nathan Hemmerling got the win with six shutout innings as the starter.
Both Josh Nicoloff and Rich Ciufo have an RBI apiece in each of the last two games, with Ciufo hitting his first home run of the season on Friday night. Richie Schiekofer leads the Rafters offense into a two-game series with Madison, hitting .405 with two RBIs.
Matt Osterberg gets the nod from Rafters manager Craig Noto tonight. He has a 1-0 record and 10 strikeouts through one start for Wisconsin Rapids. Madison righty Quinn Gudaitis is projected to start for the Mallards. He has a 3.72 ERA and a 2-0 record thus far in 2019.
The Rafters and Mallards finish their series Monday at 6:35 on Cartoon Night and Autism Awareness night at Historic Witter Field. Wisconsin Rapids closes out the homestand with an 11:35 matchup against the Wisconsin Woodchucks for Cellcom Kids Day.
Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafters ticket office 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 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.