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Rafters Chase Sweep in Kokomo

Wisconsin Rapids looks to build on success in game two

After winning a close 6-5 contest in game one with the Kokomo Jackrabbits (2-3), the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (3-2) go for the sweep Monday.

The Jackrabbits battled back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game Sunday, but Wisconsin Rapids scored late on an RBI single by Roman Trujillo that brought in the game-winning run in the ninth. Brayden Bonner earned the win in relief.

With the win, the Rafters now sit in a tie with Green Bay for second place in the Great Lakes West Division, one game behind the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. Tonight’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rafters and Jackrabbits as the teams will play two games in Wisconsin Rapids in August.

Nathan Hemmerling is projected to start for the Rafters. The freshman righty has a 3-1 record and a 2.13 ERA this summer. He will face Kokomo’s Blaine Traxel, who holds a 3.04 ERA and a 1-1 record. Traxel pitched in relief Sunday, going two-thirds of an inning and striking out one batter.

The Rafters travel back to Fond du Lac for game one of a two-game series on Tuesday. The team then returns home Wednesday to close the series with the Dock Spiders at Historic Witter Field for Quality Feed and Seed Bark in the Park Night.

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.