FOND DU LAC, WI- The Dock Spiders drop to 10-16 on the season following their 7-4 loss to the Kalamazoo Growlers Saturday night at Herr-Baker Field.
Looking for their second win in the row, the Dock Spiders took a 1-0 lead in the first inning following an RBI groundout off the bat of Andrew Bullock. With 18 runs driven in now, Bullock leads the team and is tied for 12th most in the Northwoods League.
Fondy's starting pitcher started the evening off by tossing three scoreless innings and racking up seven strikeouts in the process. Connolly was cruising until allowing a run in the 4th inning on an RBI double from Michael Diffley, who went 4-8 with 2 RBI's in the series.
The Dock Spiders broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run from Joe Breaux (his first on the year). The 2-1 lead was the last lead the Spiders would possess as the Growlers struck for three runs in the top of the 5th inning to make it 4-2. Connolly was chased after allowing 3 earned runs on four hits and three walks.
The two run lead for the Growlers would hold steady until Luke Mangieri drove in his first of two RBI's of the day on a ground out. The lead had been trimmed to one, before the Growlers cashed in on two errors and a dropped third strike to score three more runs in the 8th and take a 7-2 lead.
Mangieri would add another RBI in the 9th to make it 7-3, but that was as close as it would become. Connolly suffers the loss while Growlers starter Blake Therrian earns the victory.
The homestand concludes tomorrow as the Kenosha Kingfish come into town for a 1:05 start time. Tomorrow's game includes a can coozie giveaway for the first 500 fans into the park.
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) 907-9833between 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.