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Galason Makes History, Rafters Blow Out Chinooks

Galson hits for first cycle in team history as Rapids is one win away from clinching

In a monumental night for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (22-13), Anthony Galason hit for the cycle as the Rafters blew out the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-19) 14-2 and are now one win away from clinching a playoff spot.

Galason opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and hit a triple in the third, scoring on an RBI single by Jake Dunham. In the fifth, Galason led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Osvaldo Tovalin to make it 4-0 Rafters.

The Rafters broke the game open with six runs in the seventh inning. Peter Matt, Noah Thigpen and Richie Schiekofer all contributed RBIs in the inning. Leading 10-2 in the ninth, Dunham, Tovalin and Thigpen all got their second RBIs to add four more runs to the lead.

Anthony Galason got one last at-bat in the ninth, hitting a single to left field and becoming the first Rafter to ever hit for the cycle. With the win, Wisconsin Rapids can clinch a playoff spot with either a win over Lakeshore or a loss by Fond du Lac on Sunday.

Jack Sinclair had a quality start, throwing 6.2 innings and giving up just four hits to earn the win. Cody Turner went 2.1 shutout innings with two strikeouts in relief. Starter Aaron Winkler gets the loss with five innings of work.

Wisconsin Rapids closes out the regular-season portion of their 10thAnniversary Season with a 5:05 p.m. matchup against the Chinooks on Sunday. If the team can secure a playoff spot, they would play at Historic Witter Field on Monday.

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.