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Rafters Rally, Fall to Mallards

Rapids threatens late, but cannot come back against Madison

Playing in front of the fourth-largest crowd in team history, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (21-13) rallied in the series finale against the Madison Mallards (17-17), but ultimately dropped the series finale 4-2 Friday night.

Wisconsin Rapids rallied back from a 2-0 lead, getting an RBI double from Anthony Galason to level the score. Madison retook the lead, going up 4-2 in the seventh inning. Wisconsin Rapids put the tying run aboard in the ninth, but failed to bring him home.

Rafters starter Nathan Hemmerling struck out four batters in six innings as the starter and Hayden Petrovick gets the loss with 2.2 innings of relief. Leon Davidson earns the win out of the bullpen for Madison.

The Rafters have a half-game lead over Fond du Lac with two games remaining in the regular season. Wisconsin Rapids can clinch a playoff berth with two wins. Wisconsin Rapids closes out the regular-season portion of their 10thAnniversary Season with a road series in Lakeshore. Game one is Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and the finale is Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

As the Rafters gear up for a late-season run, you can experience the postseason action firsthand. For more information on playoff ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or visit 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.