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Rafters Host Fondy to Begin Series

Wisconsin Rapids opens a two-game set with the Dock Spiders

After picking up a thrilling victory over Madison, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (14-8) open a two-game set with the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (11-11) at Historic Witter Field Saturday.

Trailing 5-4 in the top of the ninth, Jake Dunham hit a single to drive in the tying run and Edarian Williams brought the game-winning run home with a sacrifice fly as the Rafters hung on to win 6-5 and split the road series.

The Rafters are currently 7-3 against the Dock Spiders this season and close out the season series Saturday and Sunday. Wisconsin Rapids holds a two-game lead on both Lakeshore and Green Bay in the Great Lakes West Division.

All-star lefty Neil Abbatiello is projected to start for Wisconsin Rapids tonight with a 3-2 record and a 1.52 ERA. He also boasts 44 strikeouts in 41.1 innings of work this summer.

The Rafters and Dock Spiders wrap up the series Sunday on the road in Fond du Lac, sending Wisconsin Rapids into the off day Monday. When the Rafters return to Historic Witter Field on Tuesday for Mid-State Technical College Turn Back the Clock Night, featuring a Rafters Retro jersey auction to benefit the Mid-State Foundation. Fans are encouraged to wear red.

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.