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Baseball players battle heat, humidity

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The heat and humidity can take a toll on anyone, especially on athletes working hard in the sun.

Athletes in the Northwoods League aren't just battling each other, they're also battling the sun.

"This humidity is killing me," said Rafters pitcher Vito Lorenzini on Wednesday as the team prepared to play the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

Many players calling central Wisconsin home this summer are experiencing midwestern heat and humidity for the first time.

"Biggest change for me was the humidity," said Jake Jefferies, Woodchucks second baseman. He's from California, so he isn't used to muggy summers.

He's also not used to bugs.

"It's the first time I had to wear bug spray every night," he said.

Rafters players agree. In fact, Lorenzini says he's had enough.

"Our last home outing here that I had I swallowed a bug mid-pitch," he said. "I didn't know what it was at first. It scared me."

Despite the challenges summer is throwing at them, players on both teams say they're playing it safe by drinking a lot of water.

But then again, some players who spend the regular season playing college ball in Texas think this weather is pleasant.

"It's not very hot. I barely sweat out here," said Rafters catcher Jeremy Montalbano.

The Woodchucks defeated the Rafters on Wednesday, 12 to nothing.

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