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Published On: August 9th, 2020

Rafters enter with 7-2 season record against Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (25-10) return to Witter Field on Sunday to host the Wisconsin Woodchucks (10-26) in game two of a home-and-home series.

Last night, the Rafters came from behind in the ninth inning to win. The rally was led by two home runs from Andy Garriola. Garriola smashed a first-pitch curveball over the left field wall for a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth in the Rafters’ 10-7 win.

Wisconsin Rapids has the most home runs in the Northwoods League with 36, equaling last year’s total over 72 games. Last night’s four home runs were the most in a game for the Rafters this season.

The Rafters pitching staff has an ERA of 3.25, leading the pod. Ryan Mitschele gets the start for the Rafters, his first. Mitschele, a Western Carolina junior, has a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings this year.

The Rafters improved to 25-10 with yesterday’s win, best in the Wisconsin-Illinois Pod by two games. Coverage of the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters begins at 12:50pm on AM 1320 WFHR and at 1:00pm on the Northwoods League Baseball Network.


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 proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, 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 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.