Dock Spiders 2018 Northwoods League Champions
DULUTH, MN- The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders captured their first ever Northwoods League Title with a 4-3 win over the Duluth Huskies.
Fond du Lac was led by their pitching once again which was started by their starting pitcher Peyton Sanderlin (Christian Brothers). Sanderlin went for 5 2/3 allowing three runs and dishing five strikeouts.
Fondy would go up 1-0 in the 4th when Cole Zabowski (Ole Miss) drove home a runner from second with a base hit into right field. Zabowski finished the postseason going 9 for 24 with three doubles, and six RBI.
The Huskies were able to answer back tacking on two runs giving them a 2-1 lead after four innings.
After Alex Henwood (Nebraska) led things off in the 6th with his first single on the night, he would push over to third with a Cole Zabowski (Ole Miss) double two batters later. Henwood would come into score on a sacrifice fly from Andrew Bullock (Western Carolina) tying the ball game at 2-2. Once again however, Duluth would come right back and regain the lead 3-2 after six innings.
Alex Henwood (Nebraska) would prove to be the hero for Fondy in the 7th when he sent home two runs with second hit of the ball game giving the Spiders a 4-3 lead.
Fond du Lac was able to get out of the 8th inning with the Huskies leading the bases loaded. Michael Hope (Shippensburg) would pick up the save throwing for 1 2/3 with one strikeout.
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders finished the season 43-31 and will be taking the Northwoods League Championship trophy to the Fondy Faithful.
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). 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.