• Rafters’ Fullerton Travels World Through Baseball

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    June 27, 2019

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – 9,173 miles. That’s the distance from infielder Harry Fullerton’s high school in Sydney, Australia, to Historic Witter Field, home of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

    His baseball journey has taken him from De La Salle Cronalla High in Australia to Odessa College in Texas and, in the fall, to the University of New Mexico. Fullerton was playing on an Australian travel baseball team in Arizona when the head coach at Odessa saw him and offered him a full scholarship.

    In his freshman season in 2018, Fullerton hit .361 with 64 RBIs. That fall, he was offered a scholarship to play at the University of New Mexico. In the spring of 2019, Fullerton gave Lobos fans more reasons to be excited as he hit .377 and notched another 64 RBIs in his sophomore year.

    Despite having an unprecedented amount of success at Odessa, Fullerton said adjusting to college baseball in the U.S. was a challenge.

    “Back home we only really have club baseball, which we only play once or maybe twice a week. The standard is way down in Australia compared to college baseball,” Fullerton said. “Junior college especially was different as we practiced every day and were constantly out on the field.”

    Looking to prepare himself for Division I baseball, Fullerton asked the recruiting coordinator at UNM to set him up in a high-quality summer league. That’s when he found a roster spot with the Rafters. 

    “My main personal goal this summer is to get quality exposure to professional scouts,” Fullerton said. “Even though junior college was great and helped me understand who I was and who I can be as a player and a teammate, it was hard to get exposure to scouts.”

    With a goal of reaching the big leagues in mind, Fullerton wants to physically and mentally prepare himself for the Division I level by getting as much experience as possible in Rapids this summer.

    “The amount of people who are committed to create a quality team and baseball environment here is awesome to watch,” Fullerton said. “Rapids as a town is quite different to what I’m used to, however it’s quite nice and peaceful here. The people are fantastic.”

    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.