Rafters Conclude Two-Game Series With Dock Spiders
Wisconsin Rapids looks for a third split of the season with Fond du Lac
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-21, 2-1 2nd half) are aiming for their third series split with the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (22-16, 1-2 2nd half). Tonight’s game will be the final game at Herr-Baker Field for the Rafters in the 2018 regular season. Last night, Wisconsin Rapids saw a three-run lead be erased in the fifth. The Dock Spiders scored four times on four hits and held on to the one-run lead the rest of the way 5-4.
Matt Schmidt (Michigan) delivered a two-run double to give the Rafters a lead in the fourth, while Andrew Bullock’s two-run single in the fifth for the Dock Spiders proved the difference.
The Rafters will send Tyler Giovinco (1-0, 4.50 ERA) to the mound tonight. This is Giovinco’s second start of the year. His first start came against Kenosha at Witter Field on July 1st. The lefty from Army West Point threw four innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Fond du Lac will counter with Jon Mierzwa (0-2, 5.40 ERA). The righty from Catholic University is still looking for his first win making his sixth start of the year. In 21.2 innings pitched, Mierzwa has struck out 25, walked seven and allowed 13 runs on 22 hits.
First pitch from Herr-Baker Field is at 6:35 pm CT.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, 190 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.