Rafters Introduce Silver Sluggers Program

Get active at Witter Field during the 2021 season  

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters introduce a new way to stay active with at Witter Field during the 2021 summer! Join the Silver Sluggers at the ballpark every Wednesday morning during the Rafters regular season, starting on June 2nd. Fans 60 years and older are encouraged to join, but all ages are welcome!

Get your tennis shoes ready, starting at 8:30am participants will gather at the Witter Field front entrance for check-in, followed by a small stretching session. Walkers and joggers can circle the warning track until 9:30am. Afterwards all Silver Sluggers can gather for coffee and sweet treats under the picnic tent, courtesy of Mission Coffee.

There will be a total of 10 sessions during the summer. All Silver Slugger participants will receive free admission and be recognized at the Rafters game on Wednesday, July 14th at 11:35am. Silver Slugger t-shirts are available for purchase, if desired. Shirts are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Chloe de Vries at [email protected] or calling the Rafthouse at (715) 424-5400.

All Silver Slugger events will take place at Witter Field located at 521 Lincoln St. Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. Sessions will run from 8:30am to 10:00am. Event dates are as follows: June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, June 23rd, June 30th, July 7th, July 21st, July 28th, August 4th, and August 11th.

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 250 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 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 Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). 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]