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Published On: August 7th, 2020

On a four-game winning streak, the Rafters look to sweep Dock Spiders

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have not lost a game yet in the month of August, and they look to continue the trend on the road at Herr-Baker Field in Fond du Lac. First pitch between the Rafters and the Dock Spiders is tonight at 6:35pm.

The Rafters recorded their fourth shutout of the year last night, in game one against the Dock Spiders. The Rafters got six innings pitched from Chris McElvain in the longest outing from a Rafters pitcher in 2020. The shutout lowered the team ERA to 2.91 with a league-leading 374 strikeouts.

Offensively, the Rafters scored 24 runs over their three-game homestand from Tuesday to Thursday. On the season, Wisconsin Rapids leads the Wisconsin-Illinois Pod with 32 home runs and 6.5 runs per game.

Tonight, the Rafters start Nathan Hemmerling versus the Dock Spiders, who enter with the best batting average in the pod. Hemmerling, a second-year player for the Rafters, has a 3.97 ERA in five appearances.

Coverage of the second-place Dock Spiders and the first-place Rafters begins at 6:20pm on AM 1320 WFHR and at 6:30pm on the Northwoods League Baseball Network.


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 proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, 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 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.