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Rafters Roll Past Mallards for Fourth Win in a Row

Wisconsin Rapids leads the season series 6-2 over Madison.

MADISON, WI- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-13) defeated the Madison Mallards (11-17) at the Warner Park Duck Pond, 8-2 on Tuesday night. The Rafters completed their second straight home and home sweep over the Mallards.

Matt Osterberg (St. Cloud State) earned the win. The southpaw pitched six innings allowing just one run and striking out a season high 11 Mallards.

The Rafters offered plenty of run support. With the game tied at one in the fourth inning the Rafters scored three runs. With two outs and the bases empty Sterling Hayes (Creighton) was hit by a pitch and Angelo D’Acunto (Holy Cross) worked a walk. Blake Mann (St. Mary’s) drove a run in with an RBI double into left field. Josh Nicoloff (Columbia) topped off the scoring with a two RBI double into left.

Wisconsin Rapids added two more runs apiece in the eighth and ninth. Elijah Dickerson (La Salle) had two hits off the bench including a two RBI double in the ninth. McKinley Erves (LaGrange) also stayed hot for the Rafters with three hits and two RBIs.

Hunter Waldis (Seton Hall) closed out the Rafters victory with two shutout innings allowing just one hit and striking out three Mallards. Rafters’ pitching staff has not allowed more than three runs in six of their last nine games played.

Wisconsin Rapids continues play Wednesday June 30th against the Lakeshore Chinooks at Witter Field. It’s Skyward Educator Appreciation Night with a Mad Scientist Rosco bobblehead giveaway. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM. The game can be heard on WFHR AM 1320 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