Rafters Head to All-Star Break, Close with Mallards

Wisconsin Rapids looks to sweep Madison before the all-star break

After taking game one 12-5, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (7-4) close the series with the Madison Mallards (6-5) Sunday and head into the 2019 all-star break.

CJ Willis scored first with a solo homer in the second inning on Saturday as the Rafters cruised to a 12-5 triumph and moved into second place in the Great Lakes West Division. Edarian Williams and Matt Oldham both had two RBIs in the win.

Nathan Hemmerling is projected to start for Wisconsin Rapids. The freshman righty has a 4-1 record and a 1.72 ERA this summer. In his last outing, Hemmerling threw six shutout innings and gave up just three hits. Madison is projected to start Trevor Marreel, who is currently 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA.

The Rafters have four players representing the Cranberry and Gold at the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Waterloo, Iowa. Outfielder Richie Schiekofer and catcher Jake Dunham, along with pitchers Neil Abbatiello and Matt Osterberg were selected.

When the team returns to Historic Witter Field on July 18, there will be a special guest appearance by former Packer and Super Bowl champion Nick Collins, presented by Solarus, as the Rafters take on the Kenosha Kingfish.

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.