Spiders Win Behind Big Bats
WAUSAU, WI- Two home runs helped power the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (17-21) past the Wisconsin Woodchucks (16-21) 8-5 from Athletic Field.
Following last night's game that broke the Spiders four game winning streak, the Dock Spiders offense busted out eight runs on 11 hits. Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings. However, the Dock Spiders would burst into the score column in a big way. Following, two walks and a hit batter, Andrew Bullock smashed a grand slam to give the Spiders a 4-0 lead. It was the first grand slam in Spiders history.
With a four run lead, the Dock Spiders struck for two more runs in the 5th to take a 6-0 lead.
The Woodchucks wouldn't go away easily. After a bases loaded walk given up by Spiders starter Tristan Baker, Ivan Nunez would respond with a grand slam of his own to cut the deficit to one.
But that's all the Chucks would get. Jacob Barton and Mike Pascoe would combine to toss 5 scoreless innings while only allowing two baserunners. Pascoe earned his first save of the season, and Barton earned his first win of the season.
In the 8th inning, Collin Ridout would tack on another run on a bloop single to extend the lead to 7-5. Then Brandon Wulff would lead off the 9th inning with a booming home run to dead center field. It was Wulff's team leading 4th homer on the season, and the Spiders take the game 8-5.
The Dock Spiders are now 3-0 at Athletic Field on the season. Continuing the road trip, the Spiders are at Kenosha tomorrow evening for a 7:05 start. Adam Eck is the probable starter 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.