Fond du Lac, Wisc. – For just the second time this summer, the Battle Creek Bombers (29-22, 9-7) were held to no runs, falling to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 9-0. The Dock Spiders (24-28, 8-8) are the first team to shutout Battle Creek since June 23 and just the fourth team to sweep the Bombers in the summer of 2017.
Fond du Lac hopped on the Bombers’ starter Taylor Horn (Wayne State) in the second inning, it started with a drop third strike in which catcher Justin Felix (Arkansas State) couldn’t throw out the runner. Horn allowed a walk and a single to put runners on first and second. A Dock Spiders single scored the first run of the game. Horn would get out number two with a strikeout, but Fond du Lac would rally with two away. A sac fly and triple would clear the bases and give Fond du Lac a 5-0 lead.
In the third, the Bombers offense garnered a single from Nick Menken (Virginia Tech) but Battle Creek couldn’t get anything going. The bottom half of the third saw Fond du Lac add on three more runs to their lead. Tim Nelson (UC San Diego) came in to relieve Horn. After getting two outs, Nelson surrendered a single, walked and hit a batter to load the bases. Back-to-back singles would bring home all three base runners and give Fond du Lac an 8-0 lead.
Battle Creek garnered a two-out single from JD Mundy (Virginia Tech), but he was left on base. Even though Nelson allowed three runs, he allowed no runs the next four innings and only surrendered three hits.
The Bombers offensively got a lead-off single from Mundy in the eighth, but a double play hit by Aaron Antonini (Middle Tennessee State) gave the Dock Spiders two outs. Menken would double down the left field line, and Nikola Vasic (Southern Illinois) was hit by a pitch. In the next at-bat, Alex Howard (Arkansas State) would fly out to the left field warning track for the third out.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
Mundy has recorded seven consectuvie games with a hit and has tied his season-high. Mundy is 11-27 (.407) with a home run, three doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored.
Give him three!
Menken totaled his third multi-hit game of his young summer
He's Tom Stoffel
Stoffel garnered his third-straight game with a hit, and is batting 19-58 (.327) in the month of July with nine RBI
The Bombers will return home to face the Green Bay Bullfrogs for the final time this summer. Battle Creek leads the season series 5-1. First pitch will be at 7:05 and Battle Creek will throw Andrew Click (Davenport University). Fans who can’t attend can tune in to Northwoods League TV or the Battle Creek Bombers Radio Network to Neil Doyle and Jake Hromada.
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