• Four Rafters Named Northwoods League All-Stars

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    July 05, 2019

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Four members of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters were selected for the 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Game, the league announced Friday.

    Pitchers Neil Abbatiello and Matt Osterberg, along with outfielder Richie Schiekofer and catcher Jake Dunham, will represent Wisconsin Rapids on July 16 at the All-Star Game in Waterloo, Iowa.

    Schiekofer, who leads the Rafters in batting average, is currently hitting .367 with a .480 on-base percentage. The sophomore from Rutgers has 12 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with nine stolen bases. He also ranks second in the league in batting average and had a 21-game on-base streak that ran from the beginning of the season to June 18.

    Dunham picked up where right where he left off in his return to Wisconsin Rapids this summer. The Northern Illinois junior has notched 31 RBIs this season to lead the team and rank third in the league. He is also hitting .314 and slugging .500.

    As a left-handed pitcher, Abbatiello finished the first half with a 3-1 record and 1.21 ERA in six starts. The Wagner product fanned 33 batters in 29.2 innings and gave up just 18 hits. In his most recent start, Abbatiello struck out three batters and gave up three hits over six innings to get the win over Fond du Lac.

    Matt Osterberg leads the Rafters with 32.1 innings pitched. Through five starts, Osterberg has a 4-1 record and a 2.78 ERA. The St. Cloud State sophomore has also fanned 28 batters this summer and walked only six. 

    Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafters ticket office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

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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 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 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  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.