BATTLE CREEK, MI- In the Dock Spiders (20-25) inaugural trip to Michigan, Fondy dropped their opener on a close contest to the Battle Creek Bombers (26-18) by a final score of 4-3.
Adam Eck started for the Dock Spiders and pitched 4 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks.
When Eck exited, the Bombers had a 3-0 lead and were cruising thanks to starter Jared Middleton. In his last start, Middleton threw 7 no hit innings as the Bombers, as a team, no hit the Madison Mallards. Middleton picked up where he left off from his last start and tosses his first 5 innings and only allowed two hits.
The Dock Spiders would finally get to the starter in the 6th inning. On an error and a single from Andrew Bullock, the Dock Spiders cut the lead to 3-2.
With the score still 3-2 entering the 8th inning, Eric Gilgenbach, who played for Battle Creek in 2016, delivered a game-tying single that knotted the game up at 3-3. Gilgenbach finished his return to Battle Creek 2-3 with an RBI and a walk.
However, Battle Creek would break the tie a half inning later on an Aaron Antonini single. Battle Creek would escape with the victory after striking out the side in the Dock Spiders' 9th inning.
Game two of the series is tonight at 6:00 CST.
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
. 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 180 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.