Tag Archives: Rafters

Rafters announce 2017 postseason team awards

CWS Sports Desk October 7, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— After setting a Northwoods League record for 52 regular season wins the Rafters have announced their Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Postseason Most Valuable Player awards. Appearing in a franchise record 71 regular season games, Shortstop Bryson Stott (UNLV) has been… Read More »

Northwoods League and Rawlings announce ‘Finest in the Field’ Awards

CWS Sports Desk September 28, 2017 Rochester, MN— The Northwoods League has announced the recipients of the 2017 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award. The annual award recognizes the top fielders at each position. The winners are selected based on final fielding statistics compiled by league statistician Pointstreak. In his second season as a member… Read More »

2017 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Season in Review

CWS Sports Desk September 14, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids–After a championship season in 2016, the Rafters followed with an encore performance of tying or breaking 35 team and league records. In its second consecutive winning season, the club was guided once again by the coaching staff of Craig Noto, John Halama, and Kirk Shrider en route… Read More »

Rafters erase late deficit to advance to second round with thrilling win

By David Keech August 14, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— Something about playoff baseball at Witter Field brings out the best from the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Last season, the Rafters won in dramatic fashion throughout the season, and in Monday’s home playoff game against Lakeshore, the home team came from behind to wow the crowd. Ryan Stekl’s… Read More »

Rafters break franchise wins record on Thursday in Rockford

By David Keech August 10, 2017 Rockford, IL—  In one inning, Wisconsin Rapids (50-19, 23-10) seized control of Thursday night on the road in Rockford (38-30, 21-13) for a record-setting 12-2 victory from Rivets Stadium. With the win, the Rafters earned their 50th win on the season to break the record for most wins in… Read More »

Rafters sweep Bombers in doubleheader Monday

By David Keech August 7, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— In a doubleheader featuring two seven-inning games between Wisconsin Rapids (49-18, 22-9) and Battle Creek (38-28, 18-13), the Rafters took both games from Witter Field with a 4-3 win in game one, and a 9-1 victory in the nightcap. Game one needed eight innings to complete, but… Read More »

Rafters open final series with Kingfish on Saturday

By David Keech August 5, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— After its final Michigan road trip came to a conclusion, Wisconsin Rapids (45-18, 18-9) heads home to open a two-game series against Kenosha (33-30, 11-17) from Witter Field on Saturday. The Rafters are a perfect 6-0 this year when taking on Kenosha, and come off an 11-4 victory… Read More »

Rafters head to Battle Creek for final Michigan trip

By David Keech August 3, 2017 Battle Creek, MI— For the final time this season, Wisconsin Rapids (44-18, 17-9) travels to Michigan to face Battle Creek (37-24, 17-9) on Thursday from C.O Brown Stadium. The Rafters are 3-1 this year when playing the Bombers, and come off a series-sweeping win against Kalamazoo on Tuesday with a 7-5 victory. Trailing… Read More »

Rafters come back to defeat Growlers on Tuesday

By David Keech August 1, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— Wisconsin Rapids (44-18, 17-9) trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but three runs in the frame were the deciding factor in a 7-5 victory over Kalamazoo (18-41, 9-17) at Witter Field. Home runs from Ryan Stekl and Jake Guenther tied the game for Wisconsin… Read More »

Rafters win series opener over Growlers on Monday

By David Keech July 31, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— In the final series of the year against the Growlers, Wisconsin Rapids (43-18, 16-9) defeated Kalamazoo (18-40, 9-15), 8-2 from Witter Field to open the two game set. Nick Anderson homered while Michael Ruffolo and Charlie McConnell each tallied two RBI’s for the Rafters. Kalamazoo scored first… Read More »

Rafters split series against Lakeshore with win on Sunday

By David Keech July 30, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids— In the series finale at Witter Field, Wisconsin Rapids (42-18, 15-9) defeated Lakeshore (31-28, 13-11) on Sunday, 6-2. Scott Kapers drove in two runs on a double in the fourth inning and the Rafters took advantage of two costly Lakeshore errors. Mason McReaken tossed three and a… Read More »

Rafters and Chinooks meet for series finale on Sunday

By David Keech July 30, 2017 Wisconsin Rapids—  Looking to avoid a sweep, Wisconsin Rapids (41-18, 14-9) hosts Lakeshore (31-27, 13-10) on Sunday at Witter Field for the series finale. The Rafters comeback bid fell short on Saturday to the Chinooks in an 8-7 loss. The visiting Chinooks did not take long to get on the… Read More »