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Rafters Win Shootout 12-8 Over Mallards, to Split Series

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters took game two in their first 2021 series against the Madison Mallards. The game saw 25 hits and 20 runs, with the Rafters winning 12-8.

The scoring began in the second from Madison after two singles, one being an RBI base hit from Jacob Slonim. The Mallards took a three run lead after a home run from the debuting Alex Indisernia in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, five consecutive Rafters reached base off four hits and a walk. Ben Swords (Webster) hit a two-run single to cap off a five-run third inning.

Rafters starter Cole Eigenhaus (Sacramento City CC) held the lead for his final inning of work in the fourth.

Wisconsin Rapids tacked on two more runs in the fourth. Josh Nicoloff (Kansas State) had an RBI single and after four innings the Rafters led 7-3.

Andrew Duran (New Orleans) entered the game in the fifth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, all three Mallards would reach home along with Bryant Shellenbarger who doubled to tie the game at seven.

The Rafters responded as both Elijah Dickerson (La Salle) and Reeve Holley (Cal Baptist) walked and came around to score following another single from Nicoloff. Nicoloff finished with 3 RBI.

Colin Kiernan (Kean) was called on to protect a two-run lead in the sixth, he struck out the side.

Wisconsin Rapids tacked on three additional runs in the seventh. Hank Zeisler blasted a two run double and McKinely Erves hit an RBI single.

Kiernan finished the last two innings getting a 6-4-3 double play to end the eighth and a two strikeouts in the final inning. He allowed only one run and earned the win in relief.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters next game is against the Wisconsin Woodchucks tomorrow, Sunday, June 6th, at 5:05 PM at Witter Field. The game can be heard on WFHR 1320 AM and seen on the Northwoods League Baseball Network.

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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 proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th 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 250 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 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 Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). 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 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.