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Rafters Return Home for Finale with Dock Spiders

Rapids looks to sweep Fond du Lac in home matchup

After earning their seventh shutout win of the season, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (5-2) look to extend an 11-game home winning streak as they take on the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (4-3) Wednesday night.

The Rafters took game one of the series in Fond du Lac by a final of 5-0. Gareth Stroh fanned eight over seven shutout innings, walking just two batters and surrendering six hits to be named Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night.

The Rafters currently sit atop the Great Lakes West Division and lead the Dock Spiders by one game. Wisconsin Rapids has a 7-2 record against Fond du Lac this season.

Nate Barnes is projected to start for the Rafters. With a 1.44 ERA and a 2-1 record, Barnes is a key part of the Rafters pitching staff that leads the league in team ERA. Jon Young will get the start for Fond du Lac. The right-hander has a 2-1 record and a 3.05 ERA this summer.

The Rafters open a two-game series with the Rockford Rivets on Thursday, featuring a special appearance by former Brewers All-Star Gorman Thomas, presented by Connexus Credit Union. There will also be a rally towel giveaway at Historic Witter Field.

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.