Pair of Infielders Strengthen Rafters Roster

Hayes and Exposito add to a near complete roster

Wisconsin Rapids – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters add two infielders, EJ Exposito and Sterling Hayes, to bolster the infield for the 2021 season.

Hayes, a sophomore at Creighton University, is batting .333 in the young 2021 season. The recent transfer spent his first two years at Vanderbilt University. Hayes attended Francis Parker High School in San Diego, California. Perfect Game’s Class of 2018 ranked Hayes the 16th shortstop and 76th overall player in California.

“I’m looking forward to playing with the Rafters this summer, it should be a fun experience,” Hayes said. “The best part about summer ball is being able to meet guys from all over, so that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”

Exposito, a sophomore at Long Island University, is joining his college teammate Nick Torres with the Rafters this summer. He transferred from New York Institute of Technology after his freshman season. Exposito attended St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, New York. In Perfect Game’s Class of 2019, Exposito was ranked as the 18th shortstop and 81st overall player in New York.

“I’m very excited for this upcoming summer, I can’t wait to play in front of our fans,” said Exposito. “Although I have never been to Wisconsin before, I’m sure by the end of the season, it will become a second home for me.”

The Rafters are currently booking group outings for the upcoming season. Whether you are looking for a place to spoil your clients, reward your employees, or gather with your family, the Rafters have the perfect package for you! Call 715-424-5400 or stop by the Rafters Front Office Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm at 521 Lincoln Street for more information.

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 proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, 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 245 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]