Rafters Are Rolling In Their Collegiate Seasons

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Rafters’ fans have a lot to be excited for this summer. Not only because Wisconsin Rapids is the host of the 2022 Northwoods League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, but also because there is a talent overload being shipped into Rapids this summer.

UVA Baseball has been on a tear to begin the season. The number 10 nationally ranked Cavaliers are 22-2 and have been led by freshman Casey Saucke. He is batting an impressive .426 on the season thus far with 5 homers and 23 RBI. His fellow freshman, Colin Tuft, is batting .328 with 9 RBI, including an on-base percentage of .451.

Wichita State Baseball has featured some pitching excellence this season. Caden Favors has made nine appearances out of the bullpen this season totaling a 3.63 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and a .246 batting average against. Creighton Hansen has thrown 3.1 innings over four appearances but has been dominant only allowing two hits and no runs, as he still has a perfect ERA at 0.00. Out in The Big West Conference, there are a few Rafters who have been making some noise early in 2022. Jacob Igawa of Hawaii is batting .234 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI through 22 games. Brendan Bobo of Cal State Fullerton is batting .333 with three homers and an on-base percentage of .455. On the mound, Cooper Robinson of UC Irvine has thrown 6.1 innings totaling seven strikeouts to one walk over six appearances in his freshman campaign.

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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]