WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI— The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (8-9) faced the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (9-8) on Wednesday night and it was a tough way to lose for the Dock Spiders.
Connor Cook (UW-La Crosse) took the ball this evening and was cruising through 5. He struck out 8 through five.
The Dock Spiders offense would come out swinging right away. Max Downs (Saint Xavier) went 2-2 with an RBI double.
Zack Prajzner (Notre Dame) would step up with two on and two out in the third and rip a two run double to get the Spiders on the board at 2-0.
Downs would have his own RBI double in the fifth to make it 3-0 and give a nice cushion for his pitcher.
Cook would get into the sixth before running into trouble. He got two out and left two on before giving the ball to Houston Glad (Texas Wesleyan).
With bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Glad would get a dropped third strike that would result in two runs scoring. It would snowball from there.
The Rapids would put up 12 runs in the final three frames and blank the Dock Spiders. Fond du Lac has now given up back to back 10-plus runs in a game.
The good thing is that they get a bew opportunity tomorrow night in Lakeshore for a 6:35 PM CST start. The Dock Spiders look to get back in the win column and back to .500.
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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 (MIA). 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.