• Rafters Dominate, Take Doubleheader Against Fond du Lac

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    June 29, 2019

    Fond du Lac, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-13) put together two dominant performances to sweep a doubleheader against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (13-20) Saturday.

    The Rafters offense exploded in game one, racking up 12 hits on their way to an 11-6 win. The Wisconsin Rapids defense stifled the Dock Spiders in the nightcap, holding them to one run in a 4-1 victory.

    The Rafters opened the scoring in the top of the first of game one on a sacrifice fly by CJ Willis. They extended their lead to 3-0 in the third with two more runs. Over the next two innings, Fond du Lac pulled within 3-2, but Wisconsin Rapids would run away with the game.

    In the top of the fifth, Peter Matt and Davion Downey had RBIs as the Rafters put up three runs to take a 6-2 lead. Jaylen Guy and CJ Willis both had RBI singles in the sixth to add another three runs and Guy added another RBI in a two-run seventh inning. 

    The Dock Spiders threatened with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Izzy Fuentes held off the rally and earned the win. Starter Jack Sinclair went 3.1 innings, giving up just one hit. Dock Spiders starter Ryan Bader gets the loss.

    In game two, the Rafters struck first again with three runs in the third inning that included a two-RBI double by Josh Nicoloff. The Dock Spiders got one back in the fifth, but Wisconsin Rapids padded their lead with an RBI by new Rafter Dylan Lonteen.

    Wisconsin Rapids starter Matt Osterberg earns the win with five strikeouts in five innings. Jimmy Borzone gets the save with two clean innings of work in relief. Fond du Lac’s starter Connor Cook is credited with the Loss.

    The Rafters return to Witter Field on Sunday, June 30, for a special appearance by the Inflatamaniacs, presented by Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics. The Sunday home matchup with the Dock Spiders begins a five-game homestand for the Rafters

    Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafters ticket office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

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    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 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 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  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.