• Three Rafters Awarded Rawlings 'Finest in the Field'

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    October 09, 2019


    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Each season Rawlings, in partnership with the Northwoods League, awards the top defender in their respective position as the ‘Finest in the Field’. This year the Rafters dominated defensively and took three of the nine spots. 

     

    In 41 games and 317.3 innings, Jake Dunham had a .997 fielding percentage. Dunham had 280 putouts, 22 assists, and only committed one error the whole season. Peter Matt and Richie Schiekofer both had a perfect season defensively in the outfield with a fielding percentage of 1.000. Matt saw the field in 51 games and played in 392.4 innings. He had 86 putouts and four assists. Schiekofer played in 62 games and 497.2 innings, which was the most by any other Rafter player. He totaled 102 putouts and had one assist.

     

    Rawlings has been giving out the ‘Finest in the Field’ award in the Northwoods League since 2002. Players need to appear in at least two-thirds of the scheduled games in their respective positions in order to qualify, however; catchers only need to play in half. Dunham, Matt, and Schiekofer will each receive a special Rawlings engraved trophy. The 2019 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award recipients are below.

     

    Position

    Player

    NWL Team

    College

    Fielding Percentage

    C

    Jake Dunham

    Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

    Northern Illinois

    .997

    1B

    Sam Kohnle

    Eau Claire Express

    Winona State

    .997

    2B

    Jack Chernow

    Bismarck Larks

    Columbia

    .969

    3B

    Jacob Buchberger

    Green Bay Booyah

    Davenport

    .965

    SS

    Nick Novak

    Mankato MoonDogs

    Angelo State

    .983

    OF

    Brandon Seltzer

    Wisconsin Woodchucks

    Palm Beach Atlantic

    1.000

    OF

    Peter Matt

    Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

    Pennsylvania

    1.000

    OF

    Richie Schiekofer

    Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

    Rutgers

    1.000

    P

    Garret Rukes

    Willmar Stingers

    Alabama

    1.000