Four Rafters Named Postseason All-Stars, Flynt Wins Coach of the Year
Wisconsin places two pitchers and two position players on all-star team
In the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 10thAnniversary Season, the team saw four players and one coach receive postseason honors from the Northwoods League.
Catcher Jake Dunham and outfielder Richie Schiekofer, along with pitchers Gareth Stroh and Brayden Bonner, were named to the 2019 postseason all-star team. Pitching coach Will Flynt, in his first year with the team, was awarded the 2019 Coach of the Year honor.
Dunham and Schiekofer both played in the July All-Star Game in Waterloo, Iowa. Dunham currently leads the Rafters in both home runs and RBIs this summer. Dunham, who was also picked for the Major League Dreams Showcase last week, notched 50 RBIs and launched eight home runs while boasting a .317 batting average this season. Schiekofer leads the team in batting average, hitting .332 with a .451 on-base percentage.
Left-handed pitcher Gareth Stroh holds the best record as a starter for the Rafters, going 7-1 on the season. Stroh also has a 1.61 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. Right-hander Brayden Bonner has dominated as a closer for Wisconsin Rapids, tallying 10 saves in 24 appearances. Bonner has fanned 36 batters on his way to a 3-1 record and 1.57 ERA. He also played in the Dreams Showcase in Madison.
Flynt, who has 13 years of professional playing experience under his belt, was instrumental in helping the Rafters achieve the second-lowest team ERA in the Northwoods League this season. Six Rafters pitchers were named to all-star or dreams showcase teams in Flynt’s first season in Wisconsin Rapids.
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.
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.