FOND DU LAC, WI – The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders lost to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 17-4 at Witter Field on Monday night.
The loss extended the Dock Spiders losing streak to four. The Dock Spiders fell to 22-19 on the year, 3-4 in the second half. The win for the Rafters improved their league-best record to 35-7 overall and 6-1 in the second half.
Andrew Sojka (CSUN) smashed a home run in each of his final two at-bats to become the first Dock Spider to hit multiple home runs in a game since Jackson Loftin (Oral Roberts) did so on July 9, 2021 at Madison.
Josh Howitt (5-0, Cal State Fullerton) earned the win for the Rafters. Andrew Pogue (0-4, Illinois) took the loss for the Dock Spiders.
In the first, Grant Hussey (West Virginia) hit his fourth home run of the year to give the Dock Spiders an early 2-0 lead. The Rafters would then explode for five unanswered runs, including a lead-off home run in the second by Nate Nankil (Cal State Fullerton).
The Dock Spiders scored a run in the third off an error to make it 5-3 before the Rafters scored five more unanswered to make it 10-3. The Dock Spiders would answer in the seventh with a solo home run from Sojka, the first of two on the night from the CSUN product.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the Rafters tallied three more runs off four hits before scoring four more in the eighth to take a 17-4 lead. Sojka’s second home run of the night would cut the Rafters’ lead to 17-5.
The Dock Spiders return home tomorrow night to take on the Madison Mallards at 6:35 p.m. Wisconsin basketball star Ben Brust will be in attendance as the Dock Spiders celebrate Wisconsin Night at Herr-Baker Field.
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.