Rafters Look to Bounce Back After Off Day

Wisconsin Rapids opens two-game home set with Fond du Lac

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Coming off the team’s first off day of the season, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-12) look to start strong out of the break in a two-game home series against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (12-15) starting Tuesday.

The Rafters defense stifled the Lakeshore Chinooks offense, but ended up dropping the series finale 3-0 on Sunday. Starting pitcher Jack Sinclair fanned seven batters over six innings and CJ Willis went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles.

Wisconsin Rapids and Fond du Lac will play four games this week, including a road doubleheader on Saturday. The two squads have played once already this season, with the Rafters taking that game 12-3 on June 13.

Nathan Hemmerling will start on the mound for the Rafters. He boasts a 2-1 record and a 1.68 ERA with seven strikeouts through four starts. Hemmerling will face off against Fond du Lac’s projected starter Sam Grace. The right-handed pitcher has an 0-2 record and a 1.80 ERA.

The Rafters and Dock Spiders will close the series on Wednesday for Hotel Mead Wrestling Night at Historic Witter Field and a special appearance by WWE Hall of Famer and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.

Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit, 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.


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 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.