FOND DU LAC, WI– The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (13-18) and the Madison Mallards (22-10) went at it for game two of the series and it was all Madison tonight.
Jon Young (Indiana Wesleyan) got the nod and the Mallards immediately tagged two runs in the first inning. The Dock Spiders came back quickly and tied it up in the second.
Charlie Maxwell (Northwestern) added an RBI double and Sam Novitske (Oregon) added the tying run with his own RBI. In the fifth the Mallards would re-take the lead in the fifth at 4-2.
The game was still within reach for the Dock Spiders as Zack Prajzner (Notre Dame) would get an RBI and bring the game within one. After that everything fell apart.
A seven run eighth inning made the Dock Spiders chances of winning dwindle. A lot of walks, wild pitches, and hits gave the Mallards the opportunity to blow the game wide open.
The Dock Spiders in the final two innings just had no more fight left in them. They had a shot in the third inning with runners on first and second, but couldn’t deliver.
In the sixth, they spoiled their chances of a big inning after getting the first two men on. They would follow up with a strikeout, a fly out, and a ground out.
After scoring 11 runs in Madison the night before, the bats fell silent. Thats just how baseball works sometimes.
Come out and catch the Dock Spiders tomorrow night in a double header against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. First pitch is at 5:05 PM CST. Both games are going to be seven innings.
It is also “Princess Night,” so come out with your princesses and enjoy some baseball.
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 theNorthwoods 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.