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Published On: June 16th, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids battles back, hangs on for Sunday victory

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (11-8) fell behind early, but battled back and held off a late rally to defeat the Madison Mallards (14-6) by a final score of 4-3 on Sunday.

The Mallards scored one run in both the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Rafters responded with two runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI triple by CJ Willis and an RBI by Harry Fullerton to tie the game.

Jake Dunham gave the Rafters the lead with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to go up 3-2. Willis, who made his Rafters debut today, hit a sacrifice fly to left field in the ninth to give the Rafters an insurance run heading to the bottom of the frame.

The Mallards threatened with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the ninth, but Wisconsin Rapids held off the rally and hung on to win.

Matt Osterberg pitched five innings as the starter for Rapids, striking out four batters and earning the win. Garrett French pitched the rest of the way and notched six strikeouts in relief. Madisons’ Deylen Miley is credited with the loss.

Wisconsin Rapids returns to Witter Field Monday to take on the Mallards at 7:05 p.m. on Pie Night at the ballpark, featuring “The Great Witter Field Pie Baking Contest.”

Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets 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 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 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.