FOND DU LAC, WI – The Dock Spiders and Rivets battled back and forth through tonight's game, but in the end Rockford was able to outlast the Spiders 6-5 in 10 innings.
For the second straight day, the Rivets struck first with an RBI single off the bat of Neal Tyrell (Lewis) in the second inning. Tyrell finished the day going 3-6 and finishes the 2 game series with 4 runs driven in.
Rockford struck for 2 more in the 4th inning off of a single from Cal Aldridge (UW-Whitewater). Spiders starter Ryan Connolly (Iowa Western) was chased from the game after going 3.2 innings pitched.
After falling behind 3-0, the Dock Spiders responded nicely with a 3 run inning in the bottom half of the 4th. Cory Wills (Yavapi Colelge) drove in 1 of the 3 runs in the 4th.
Fondy would take their first lead of the night in the 6th inning when Wills would score on a wild pitch thrown by Rivet starter Clay Moffitt (LSU-Eunice).
The lead didn't last for long, as the Rivets plated 2 runs in the 7th. Anthony Forte (LSU-Eunice) drove in the 2 runs on a soft single into shallow left field.
Despite getting into 7th and 8th inning jams, the Rivets would hold the 5-4 lead heading into the 9th.
After an error and a sacrifice bunt to start the bottom of the 9th, Collin Braithwaite (Illinois State) ripped an double to the right-center alley that plated Luke Mangieri (Bradley) to knot the game up at 5 a piece with only 1 man out. However, the Dock Spiders couldn't cash in.
After only 1 extra inning, the Rockford Rivets defeated the Dock Spiders 6-5 from a Ryan Hutchinson RBI fielder's choice (Illinois State).
Fondy has now dropped 3 straight (all at home) and hit the road to take on the 7-1 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters tomorrow night at 6:35. Fond du Lac is expected to start Gunnar Kay (Illinois Springfield). Kay has pitched in 2 games and has allowed 4 runs (6.75 ERA).
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The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League.The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.dockspiders.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Dock Spiders as your favorite team.