Rafters Fall to Chinooks in Return to Witter Field

Wisconsin Rapids was held to just three hits in their first game at home in a week.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (11-10) fell 6-1 to the Lakeshore Chinooks (11-10) in the first game of a two game series Monday night at Witter Field. 

Caden Favors (Wichita State) was excellent in his start for the Rafters. The southpaw pitched five innings and allowed one earned run on just three hits.

The Rafters took an early lead 1-0 in the third inning. EJ Exposito (Long Island) led off the inning with a walk. He advanced to third on two wild pitches. A Sterling Hayes (Creighton) sacrifice fly scored Exposito.

Lakeshore took the lead in the fifth plating two runs off Favors, one earned. The Chinooks loaded the bases with no outs courtesy of a single, Rafters’ error and walk. A sacrifice fly and a fielders choice scored the two runs.

Lakeshore slowly extended the lead off the Rafter bullpen plating two runs in the sixth on two base hits, a walk and a hit batter. Lakeshore’s Griffin Doersching topped off a three hit day with a solo home run in the seventh to give the Chinooks a 5-1 lead. Lakeshore added a final insurance run in the eighth inning. Donovan Brandl (UW-Whitewater) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Rafters. 

Lakeshore’s Westin Muir shut down the Rafters bats in the final five innings, limiting Wisconsin Rapids to two hits with no walks on five strikeouts. The Rafters have scored one run in their first 27 innings facing the Chinooks this season.

The Chinooks and Rafters will play again tomorrow at 6:35 PM in the second game of the two game series at Witter Field. The game can be seen on the Northwoods League Baseball Network and 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