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Rafters Tripped up at Home Against Fond du Lac

Wisconsin Rapids gives up early runs and cannot recover against the Dock Spiders

For the first time in 12 home games, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (5-3) lost at Historic Witter Field, dropping an 18-4 decision to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (5-3).

Fond du Lac opened the scoring with a big seven-run frame in the second inning that included a grand slam by Tim Elko. Zeb Adreon added three more runs an inning later on another Dock Spiders’ home run.

In the fifth and seventh innings, Fond du Lac built a 15-0 advantage. The Rafters got on the board in the bottom of the eighth on a two-RBI single by Anthony Galason. Despite the Dock Spiders adding three runs in the top of the ninth, Davion Downey drove in two more runs for the Rafters on a double to make it 18-4.

Wisconsin Rapids moves into a tie with the Dock Spiders and Green Bay Booyah for first place in the Great Lakes West Division. The Rafters are now 7-3 against the Dock Spiders this season.

Rafters starter Nate Barnes gets the loss in 1.2 innings of work. Winston Allen, Cody Turner, Dylan Mulvihill and Brady Stover all pitched out of the bullpen for Wisconsin Rapids. Fond du Lac’s Jon Young is credited with the win.

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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