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Published On: June 27th, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids opens three-game road trip with matchup against Wisconsin

After sweeping the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at home, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-12) look to continue that success on the road as they begin a two-game series with the Wisconsin Woodchucks (16-14) Thursday.

The Rafters found themselves in an early 4-0 deficit on Wednesday night, but battled back with a big fourth-inning rally to tie the game. Peter Matt drove in the game-winning run an inning later and the Rafters bullpen closed the door to secure the 7-4 win.

Neil Abbatiello, who is 2-0 and has an 0.79 ERA gets the start for Wisconsin Rapids. The senior pitcher has 29 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched. He will face the Woodchucks’ Trey Horton, who has a 7.36 ERA.

With seven games remaining in the first half of the season, the Rafters sit at second place in the Great Lakes West Division. They hold a 1.5-game lead on the Woodchucks and trail the Madison Mallards by 3.5 games.

Wisconsin Rapids and Wisconsin conclude the series tomorrow and the Rafters will head to Fond du Lac for a Saturday Doubleheader with the Dock Spiders. The team returns 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.


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.