Rafters Drop Game One Against Woodchucks

Wisconsin Rapids falls behind early, loses game one to Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-13) trailed early in a divisional matchup against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (17-14) and went on to lose 13-3 Thursday night.

The Woodchucks put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and built a 13-0 lead over the first five innings, using five home runs. Wisconsin starter Trey Horton took a shutout into the seventh inning.

Matt Oldham put the Rafters on the board with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning and Edarian Williams scored on a dropped third strike later in the inning. Williams scored again in the ninth inning on a passed ball to make it 13-3.

Rafters starter Neil Abbatiello gets the loss in one inning of work and Woodchucks starter Trey Horton pitched 8.1 innings to earn the win.

The Rafters and the Woodchucks close the series tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. on day two of a three-day road trip for Wisconsin Rapids. The Rafters return to Witter Field on Sunday, June 30, for a special appearance by the Inflatamaniacs, presented by Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics.

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.


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