First Inning Costs Dock Spiders, Lose 3-1
FOND DU LAC, WI- The four game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night when the Wisconsin Woodchucks (16-20) defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (16-21) 3-1.
Wisconsin wouldn't take long to get on the board, as they scored three 1st inning runs. Dock Spiders starter Ryan Connolly lasted just the one inning after throwing 35 pitches. Connolly ended his day allowing three runs on two hits and two walks.
After scoring three runs in the opening inning, the Woodchucks offense would go scoreless for the remainder of the game. However, Woodchucks starting pitcher Kellen Rholl was dominant against the Spiders offense. Rholl finished his day after working six innings and allowing only one run.
Fondy would score their lone run of the game with the bases loaded in the 6th inning on a double play ball. The Spiders offense finished with just one run on three hits.
The real story of the game, despite the loss, was Kyle Huckaby. Huckaby came on in the 2nd inning and was nearly flawless. The lefty out of Eastern Michigan hurled 8 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit, hit one batter and another reached on an a catcher's interference. Huckaby faced the minimum and out of the 24 batters he faced, he struck out eight. However, the dominant pitching wasn't enough as the Spiders dropped the contest 3-1.
Fondy will look to even the series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks from Athletic Field in Wausau, WI tomorrow night at 6:35. Tristan Baker is the probable for the Spiders.
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.