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Rafters Offense Shines, Sweeps Madison

Wisconsin Rapids gets a strong defensive effort and runs up score in big win over Mallards

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ (7-7) offense found a rhythm early and posted 12 runs on their way to a 12-1 victory over division opponent Madison Mallards (11-3).

Osvaldo Tovalin put the Rafters up early with an RBI double in the first inning. One inning later, Wisconsin Rapids posted four runs, including a two-run home run by Richie Schiekofer. Anthony Galason came in to score on a double play in the third to extend the Rafters’ lead to 6-0.

In the fourth inning, Jake Dunham hit a two-run shot to put Rapids up 8-0. Dunham scored later in the sixth inning on a ball put in play by Anthony Galason. After Madison got on the board with a run in the top of the seventh, the Rafters answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by Schiekofer and Dunham.

Leading 11-1, Wisconsin Rapids added an insurance run in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Edarian Williams. The Rafters racked up 13 hits on the night and tied their best offensive performance of the season.

Rafters starter Jack Sinclair pitched six shutout innings, striking out three and surrendering just four hits on his way to earning the win. Connor Crotty worked two innings in relief and Dylan Mulvihill closed out the game in the ninth. Mallards starter Quinn Gudaitis gets the loss in 3.1 innings of work.

Wisconsin Rapids rides a three-game win streak into a Tuesday doubleheader with the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Game one will be at home at 11:35 a.m. for Cellcom Kids Day and game two will be played in Wausau at 6:35 p.m.

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.

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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.