Rapids faces Madison in game one of best-of-three series
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (23-13) begin their quest for a second Northwoods League Championship on Monday as they take on the Madison Mallards (17-19) in game one of a best-of-three sub-divisional series.
Wisconsin Rapids locked up a playoff spot with a back-and-forth 7-6 thriller against the Lakeshore Chinooks. Roman Trujillo drove in two runs, while Izzy Fuentes earned the win and Brayden Bonner picked up the save.
The Rafters and Mallards played 12 times during the regular season with Wisconsin Rapids winning seven of those matchups. Madison won the first half with a record of 25-11 and the Rafters won the second half and hold the better overall record.
Cal Djuraskovic is projected to start for Wisconsin Rapids. The lefty has a 3-1 record and a 5.34 ERA in three starts and 12 appearances. He will face off against Madison’s Quinn Gudaitis who is 5-4 and holds a 4.96 ERA this summer
Wisconsin Rapids travels to Madison for game two of the series at the Duck Pond for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. Game three, if necessary would be back at Historic Witter Field on Wednesday.
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.