• Rafters Battle Back to Top Lakeshore in Game One

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    August 01, 2019

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-9) rallied to top the second-place Lakeshore Chinooks (14-12) and extend their lead in the Great Lakes West Division Standings.

    The Rafters fell behind early in the first inning, but posted two runs on wild pitches in the bottom of the opening frame to take the lead. Richie Schiekofer launched a two-run homer to center field in the second inning to push the Rafters lead to 4-1.

    Over the next three innings, Lakeshore clawed their way back and took a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning. Anthony Galason scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to pull the Rafters within two heading to the seventh.

    Wisconsin Rapids put together a big seventh-inning rally, scoring four runs on RBIs by Edarian Williams and Richie Schiekofer to take a 9-7 lead. Jaylen Guy and Jake Dunham each drove in a run to pad the Wisconsin Rapids lead. Brayden Bonner closed out the ninth inning to secure the 11-7 victory.

    Cody Turner earns the win for Wisconsin Rapids, pitching two clean innings and striking out two batters in relief. Lakeshore reliever Joe Roundtree gets the loss. The Rafters now hold a four-game lead on Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Lakeshore in the division standings with nine games to play. 

    Rapids takes the lead in the season series 5-4 over the Chinooks. The Rafters continue a four-game homestand and close the series with the Chinooks on Friday, featuring a Jockey Rosco bobblehead giveaway. The team will also wear exclusive “thank you fans” jerseys and there will be a lighted baton giveaway and postgame fireworks show all presented by Advanced Disposal. 

    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.