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Rafters Drop Game One of Doubleheader

Despite an early lead, Rafters fall 10-7 to Woodchucks

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (7-8) jumped out to an early lead, but could not hang on in a 10-7 loss to the Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-6) on Tuesday afternoon.

The Rafters put up five runs in the first inning on RBIs by Osvaldo Tovalin and Peter Matt. Wisconsin Rapids tacked on two runs one inning later to lead 7-0 heading to the third inning.

The Woodchucks cut into the Rafters’ lead with four runs in the third and added another run one inning later. Wisconsin took the lead on a three-run homer in the seventh inning and cemented their lead with two more runs in the top of the ninth to win 10-7.

Rafters starter Zack Hunsicker pitched three and two-thirds innings before being relieved by Cal Djuraskovic, who went 2.2 innings. Winston Allen gets the loss in one inning of relief and Brayden Bonner pitched the rest of the way for Rapids. Wisconsin’s Maddux Solomon is credited with the win.

The Rafters and Woodchucks play again Tuesday night for the second game of doubleheader at 6:35 in Wausau. Nate Barnes is expected to start for Wisconsin Rapids.

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.