FOND DU LAC, WI – David Hagaman (West Virginia) struck out a career-high eight batters and retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced to earn the win in a 7-1 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders victory over the Green Bay Rockers in the inaugural I-41 Showdown at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Hagaman’s Mountaineer teammate, Grant Hussey, tied his career-high with four RBI, helping plate four of the seven Dock Spider runs.
The win sees the Dock Spiders improve to 8-2 on the year, a game behind the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Great Lakes West Division. The loss breaks a two-game winning streak for the Rockers, as they fall to 3-7 on the year.
Four different Dock Spiders pitchers combined to limit the Rockers to a single run, including a perfect inning from Alex Vera (Illinois), two perfect innings from Tyler Tornberg (Rutgers) and a one-run ninth from David Craig (College of San Mateo) out of the bullpen.
At the plate, the Dock Spiders scored first for the sixth time on the year when Hussey drove in Nick Mitchell (Western Illinois) with a sacrifice fly to center-field in the first. The Dock Spiders would then plate two more runs in the fifth off a two-RBI double from Hussey.
In the seventh, the Dock Spiders would strike for three more runs, with a wild pitch, and RBI singles from Mitchell and Alejandro Macario (Nova Southeastern).
The Rockers tallied their lone run of the night in the ninth when an RBI groundout broke up the shutout with one out.
The Dock Spiders are on their road for their first true road trip of the year starting tomorrow, with a series at the Lakeshore Chinooks to kick off a three-day road trip. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. tomorrow night at Kapco Park with right-handed pitcher Josh Culliver (Minnesota) set to start for the Dock Spiders.
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods 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 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit dockspiders.com 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.