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Published On: July 7th, 2022

FOND DU LAC, WI – After a 10-6 win in game one of the series, the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (20-15, 1-0) look to sweep the season series against the Kokomo Jackrabbits (10-26, 0-1). First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. with coverage beginning at 5:20 on the Dock Spiders Radio Network.

TODAY’S STORYLINES

SCORE EARLY, SCORE OFTEN: The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders opened the second half with a 10-6 win over the Kokomo Jackrabbits on the road Wednesday night. The Dock Spiders scored in each of the first four innings before scoring four in the eighth to bring up the 10-run mark. INF Daylen Reyes tallied his third multi-hit game of the year, and reached base four different times (1B, 2B, BB, HBP). Reyes was one of five different Dock Spiders to record a multi-hit night, including newcomer OF Andrew Sojka (2-4, BB, 2 SB).

TURN IT UP TO THE MAX: With their fifth straight win on Wednesday night, the Dock Spiders tied their longest winning streak of the season. The Dock Spiders have scored at least eight runs in all five games. OF Nick Mitchell (11-18, 3 2B, 2 3B, 7 RBI, 3 BB), C/INF Parker Noland (7-12, 3 2B, 3 BB) and C Cole Messina (6-11, 4 RBI, 3 BB) have helped lead the red-hot Dock Spiders offense. Both Mitchell and Messina have notched multiple three-hit games over that span.

THE THREE-HIT MACHINE: With a three-hit game on Wednesday night against the Jackrabbits, OF Nick Mitchell tallied his third straight three-hit game, and his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the year. Over that span, Mitchell has gone 9-15 (.600) at the plate with two doubles, two triples and seven RBI. He’s tallied a multi-hit game in four straight, tying his season-best streak from the first four games of the year.

THEY LIKE THEIR RUNS IN BUNCHES: By putting up 10 runs on Wednesday night in the series opener against Kokomo, the Dock Spiders scored double-digit runs in their fourth straight game, and scored at least seven in their seventh straight.  The 10 runs on Wednesday passed their season-high of three straight with at least 10 that was set during the first three games of the regular season. Over the last five games, the Dock Spiders are averaging 10.2 runs per game and are outscoring their opponents 51-13, a plus-38 run differential.

ALL THE NEW FACES: The Dock Spiders added seven new players to the roster yesterday as the second half got underway. The team added four new pitchers and three new hitters. INF Branden Comia (Illinois) 1B Andrew Rivas (UC Riverside) and OF Andrew Sojka (CSUN) all joined the roster. Sojka was named to the All-Big West First Team this past spring and Comia was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. On the pitching side, RHP Carson Frazier (Cypress), LHP Zachary Gaudreau (NEO A&M), RHP Aric McAtee (Florida Southern), RHP Trey Seeley (Cypress) all joined the Dock Spiders. This spring, McAtee was named to the ABCA All-Region South Second Team after his first year with Florida Southern.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHING MATCH-UP

RHP KENNY CAMPBELL (FDL) will get the start for the Dock Spiders after he went two innings on Friday against Kokomo. In two starts this year, Campbell’s allowed one run on three hits.

RHP RICHARD KIEL (KMO) will make his second start of the year for Kokomo after he threw seven innings against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in his last start, earning the win. He’s struck out at six in two of his last three appearances, and has allowed two runs over that span, a 1.50 ERA.