Rafters Win Shootout in Madison, Sweep Series

Wisconsin Rapids score 10 in victory over Madison


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (8-8) began their five-game road trip with a 10-9 win over the Madison Mallards (7-9).

The Rafters started the scoring in the first after Jacob Hinderleider (Davidson) lined a single into right field to score Josh Nicoloff (Columbia).

Both teams scored twice in the second. The Rafters got a two-run single from Hank Zeisler (Chapman), and Cam Cratic delivered a two-run home run for the Mallards.

The third inning was scoreless, with Caden Favors (Seminole State) completing his start with five strikeouts.

Wisconsin Rapids tacked on five in the fourth. Zeisler hit another two-run single, Marco Castillo (Claremont McKenna) delivered an RBI single and EJ Exposito (Long Island) plated a run with a sacrifice fly.

Madison responded with one run in the bottom of the fourth and three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The score stood at 9-6, entering the sixth.

Nick Torres (Long Island) pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, earning the win and Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night honors.

The Mallards scored in the eighth after an RBI single from Cam Frederick and an RBI groundout by Zach Storbakken off Andrew Duran (New Orleans). The inning ended with the tying runner on third, after pitcher Zach Bennett (Central Florida) forced a groundout to end the threat.

In the final frame, the Rafters added insurance after Nicoloff was moved home by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Castillo. Bennett was back out for the ninth with a 10-8 lead.  After a Cam Cratic single scored Jacob Campbell, who reached via a walk, Bennett struck out Matt Scannell to earn the save and win.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters head to Michigan tomorrow Thursday, June 17th, to play the Kalamazoo Growlers. The first pitch is at 6:35 PM eastern time. The game can be heard on WFHR 1320 AM.



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 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