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Published On: July 14th, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids’ offense puts up big numbers again in game-two win

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (8-4) head into the 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Break on a winning note after securing a sweep of the Madison Mallards (6-6) with a 9-5 win Sunday night.

The Rafters posted six runs in the first inning, scoring first for the 35thtime this season. Madison answered with a run in the bottom of the opening frame. In the second, both teams posted one run and the Rafters took a 7-2 lead into the third.

In both the fifth and sixth innings, Rapids and Madison each put up one run and the Rafters led 9-4. Nathan Hemmerling earned the win with five innings of work and Hayen Petrovick and Dylan Mulvihill each pitched one inning. Brayden Bonner closed out the game to give the Rafters a 9-5 win.

Wisconsin Rapids now sits in second place in the Great Lakes West division, one game behind the Green Bay Booyah and two games ahead of the Mallards. The Rafters now start a three-game break for the all-star game on Tuesday.

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.