(Wisconsin Rapids, WI) The Rafters continued to finalize the 2010 roster today with the addition of three more players. The Rafters have added freshmen pitchers Mitch Running (University of Wisconsin- La Crosse) and Tommy Organ (University of North Florida), and junior relief pitcher Nathan Hardy (Delta State University) to the 2010 team.
Mitch Running, 6’1’’, 190 lbs (R/R) Fr.
Running just completed his freshman year with the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. This season Running has made a tremendous impact as a member of the Eagles’ rotation, making seven starts while throwing one complete game spanning 52.2 innings. Running has also posted a stellar 2.75 ERA to lead the entire WIAC in that category.
A Wisconsin native, Running is a graduate of Eau Claire North High School where he was a standout pitcher. Running joins three other Wisconsinites on the 2010 Rafters roster: Cody Koback (Stevens Point), Justin Jirschele (Clintonville), and Brad Hallberg (Barron).
Tommy Organ, 6’4’’, 160 lbs (L/L) Fr.
As a freshman reliever for the University of North Florida, Organ has appeared in 14 games, all in relief. He has pitched to a 1-1 record with a 5.01 ERA so far in 2010. Organ has proved valuable at the end of the game with three saves, the first of which came against Alcorn State on March 7th.
Organ is a 2009 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School in Florida where he was named Second Team All-District as a senior. During his prep career, Organ led the team to the Regional Playoffs once.
Nathan Hardy, 5’10’’, 160 lbs (R/R) Jr.
So far in 2010, Hardy has pitched to a stellar 2.53 ERA through seven appearances for Delta State University. He has held opponents to a .244 batting average while striking out nine and only walking four. Hardy has yet to allow a home run in the 2010 season.
In 2009, Hardy was a standout reliever for the Statesmen, making 13 appearances out of the bullpen. He held opposing hitters to another low batting average of .247. His strong pitching led to a 6-0 record and a 2.10 ERA.
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. The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2010. Opening Day at Witter Field is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 6:05pm vs. the Eau Claire Express.