Rafters Hope to Stay Hot in Finale with ChinooksAugust 02, 2019
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Riding a three-game win streak and sitting in first place in the Great Lakes West Division, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-9) face off against the second-place Lakeshore Chinooks (14-13) in game two on Friday.
The Rafters rallied to take game one on Thursday, winning 11-7. Richie Schiekofer led the way at the plate with three RBIs and a home run. Wisconsin Rapids now holds a 5-4 advantage in the season series and a four-game lead in the division standings.
Wisconsin Rapids is projected to start Neil Abbatiello, who has a 1.62 ERA and a 3-2 record. The senior lefty from Wagner has 46 strikeouts in 44.1 innings this summer. He will face Lakeshore’s Jesse Slinger, who is 2-0 with a 4.83 ERA.
The Rafters are up by four games on Lakeshore, Green Bay, and Fond du Lac with nine games remaining in the second half of the regular season. Wisconsin Rapids also has a four-game advantage over Madison in the overall standings.
Rapids closes a four-game homestand with two games against the Kokomo Jackrabbits starting on Saturday, featuring a postgame fireworks show presented by Budweiser.
As the Rafters gear up for a late-season run, you can experience the postseason action firsthand. For more information on playoff ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or visit 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.
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.