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Rafters open home season at Witter Field but Wisconsin Rapids falls to Eau Claire 7-0

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Wisconsin Rapids, WI – June 6, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)- From the first pitch to the last explosion of fireworks, the excitement over baseball's debut back in Wisconsin Rapids remained high despite a 7-0 Rafters loss to the Eau Claire Express. 

Held to just five hits, the Rafter's pitching hit a speed bump in the middle innings, surrendering six runs in the fifth and sixth. Starter Matt Baudino allowed the first two runs of the fifth before exiting the game with the bases loaded. Reliever Tommy Organ struggled in his Rafter's debut allowing two more to cross the plate before he secured the final out of the fifth. Organ gave up two more in the sixth to set the final score at 7-0. 

Mitch Running and Steve Godawa combined to throw three scoreless innings to close out the game. "The key for me right now is keeping the ball down, get ground balls and let my fielders do the work behind me," Godawa said. "Honestly I'm not going to go out there and just overpower anyone at this point." Godawa now has thrown three and one third scoreless innings to start the season.

The Rafters welcome the Green Bay Bullfrogs to town Monday night. It's Bull's Eye Credit Union Moe Hill night. Wisconsin Rapids Twins legend Moe Hill will be on hand to have his jersey retired before the game. First pitch is set for 7:05.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are members of the 16-team summer collegiate Northwoods League. Single game tickets, ticket packages and group tickets are on sale now!  Single game tickets and 9 Game Packs are now available for purchase online at raftersbaseball.com. For more information call (715) 424-5400 or visit www.raftersbaseball.com.  The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2010. 

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