Win Streak Ends at Nine for Spiders as Rafters Get Shutout Win
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The Dock Spiders (22-13) saw their nine-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday night as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (24-9) silenced the opposing offense in a shutout 6-0 victory.
The Dock Spiders went into Wednesday’s game following a miraculous come from behind walk-off win at home on Tuesday against the Wisconsin Woodchucks, a game that looked as though was going to end the streak. Somehow, Fond du Lac managed nine runs in the last two innings to get a 10-9 win in the ninth to stun the Chucks and record their ninth straight win.
It seemed as though the bats were out of gas going into Witter Field, as they only registered four hits in the entire game. Fondy could never get a rally going, though they did come close to scoring in the top of the third after Victor Scott II (West Virginia University) tried to push a bunt up the third base line to score Brayden Frazier (University of Iowa), but Scott II was thrown out by half a step at first that ended the inning.
The Rafters scored one run in both the fourth and fifth innings to go up 2-0. That was followed by a two-run sixth that put the home team up 4-0.
Wisconsin Rapids would tack on two more in the bottom of the eighth for good measure to go out to a 6-0 lead.
The Rafters’ pitching staff, the best in the pod and third-best in the league in earned run average (3.00) continued to dominate on the mound, as they sent three different arms in that struck out nine Dock Spiders and allowed zero walks.
Jake Saum (UCLA) held his own on the mound, going five full innings and allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out seven in his start.
The Dock Spiders will try to start a new winning streak tonight, as they will host the Rafters in a 6:35 Friday night showdown from Herr-Baker Field at Marian University.
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