FOND DU LAC, WI- The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (10-15) earned their 10th win of the season with a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers.
Scoring first, the Kalamazoo Growlers took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI single from Michael Diffley. The lead lasted until the 4th inning when the Dock Spiders knotted the game up with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Joe Breaux.
After the 4th, the Growlers took over by scoring three runs in the 5th inning and chased the starter Jake Kostyshock out of the game. Kostyshock finished his outing allowing four runs and none of them were earned due to three Dock Spiders errors.
The Growlers tacked on another run in the 7th to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Fondy wouldn't go away quietly. The bats were contained through the first six innings of the game, but they broke through in the 7th scoring four runs to tie the game. AJ Lewis delivered a sacrifice fly, Brandon Wulff hit a two-run single and Andrew Bullock drove in his team leading 17th RBI of the season to tie the game.
Thomas Luevano pitched a scoreless top 8th inning. With the game tied headed to the bottom of the 8th, the new guy K.V. Edwards (Missouri) put the Dock Spiders ahead for good on a sacrifice fly.
With a 6-5 lead, Jake Roehn (Ohio), also making his debut, closed the door in the 9th after allowing a lead off double to collect his first save of the year.
The Spiders are back at home tomorrow evening in game two of the series against the Kalamazoo Growlers. Ryan Connolly is the probable starter for the Dock Spiders.
Season ticket packages, group outings, and individual game tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now and may be purchased from the Dock Spiders ticket office (located at 980 E Division St.). Fans may order tickets in person or over the phone by calling (920) 907-9833 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available any time in the ticket section of dockspiders.com.
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 170 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.