Category Archives: Rafters

From the Braintrust: Bunting is neanderthal, bad baseball

From the Braintrust By David Keech April 14, 2019 St. Louis, MO— For way too long, baseball managers have done what they think is right. Using strategy that they felt made sense, managers have chosen to use the bunt to do what everyone wants, improve their chances to win. The facts show, however, that bunting… Read More »

Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer to appear at four Big Top Sports & Entertainment Ballparks

For CWS April 12, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids–  Big Top Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates four teams in the Northwoods League, announced today that Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer will make a statewide tour to their four ballparks from June 25th through June 28th this summer.  Kramer will appear at the Wisconsin Rapids… Read More »

Rafters add pair of New Mexico commits

For CWS April 6, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids— The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters announced the signing of Odessa College infielders Harry Fullerton and Mason McLenna, both committed to the University of New Mexico. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Fullerton hit .361 with a .453 on-base percentage last year as a freshman. In his first year, he also collected… Read More »

Rafters start off Promo Palooza with announcement of Charlie Manuel 

For CWS April 5, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids– Promo Palooza is a two-week long event where fans can get ticket specials for guest appearances, bobbleheads, and giveaways. The event is kicked off by the announcement of a ticket special for Opening Day! Former Twins player/manager and Phillies World Series Champion, Charlie Manuel, will be in attendance… Read More »

Dunham returns to Rapids and Rafters add Penn pitcher

CWS Sports Desk March 27, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids— The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have signed returning Northern Illinois catcher Jake Dunham and fellow Illinois native Dylan Mulvihill, a right-handed pitcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Dunham, a junior catcher at NIU, has started all eleven games for the Huskies this season, hitting .278. In 36 at-bats,… Read More »

Rafters now accepting applications for host family program

 For CWS March 11, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids—  Have a spare bedroom for a future big leaguer? Want to help a young athlete reach their dream? Every year, roughly 45 elite college baseball players come to Wisconsin Rapids from all around the country, to better their baseball skills and showcase their talent in the Northwoods League.… Read More »

Northwoods League Foundation to Award 22 Youth Equipment Grants

CWS Sports Desk March 8, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids— The Northwoods League Foundation will be awarding more than $55,000 in youth baseball and softball equipment through 22 Share the Glove grants to be awarded this Spring. Each grant, with an approximate retail value of $2500, will include two sets of catcher’s gear, ten gloves, eight batting helmets,… Read More »

Rafters secure two Cavaliers for the upcoming season

CWS Sports Desk March 6, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids— After wrapping up successful high school careers, University of Virginia freshmen Jack Dragum and Bryce Greenly will be joining the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters for the summer of 2019 the team announced Thursday. Originally from Mechanicsville, Viginia, Dragum was a state champion and two-time All-Metro selection at Hanover… Read More »

Rafters announce open interview dates for 2019 summer employment

CWS Sports Desk February 20, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids— Are you ready to follow your dream of working for a sports team? Are you an energetic person with a positive attitude, great work ethic, and enjoy working with people? If so, then a summer job with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters may be right for you! This experience… Read More »

Rafters sign infield tandem

CWS Sports Desk February 17, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids– The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters signed the first two infielders of 2019, announcing the addition of Edarian Williams from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Josh Nicoloff from Columbia University. Williams is a true freshman at UNLV. He comes highly recruited with an impressive career at Las… Read More »

Pair of California pitchers join Rafters roster

CWS Sports Desk February 11, 2019 Wisconsin Rapids– Right-handed pitchers Cody Turner and Nick Garcia, both from Chapman University, will be heading to Wisconsin Rapids for the 2019 season, the team announced Thursday.  During the 2018 season, Turner’s stellar work out of the bullpen for the Panthers earned him the team Rookie of the Year Award. The 5-11 rightyrecorded 20.1… Read More »