Dock Spiders Set Franchise Record in Runs, Beat Mallards 19-7
FOND DU LAC, WI – The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders broke their four-game losing streak in record-setting fashion as they beat the Madison Mallards 19-7 at Herr-Baker Field on Tuesday night. The 19 runs scored by the Dock Spiders broke their previous record of 18 set on July 10, 2019 against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
The 19 runs scored are also the sixth time in the last 11 games that the Dock Spiders scored at least 10 runs. The Dock Spiders also set season-highs in runs (19) and hits (20).
With the win, the Dock Spiders improved to 23-19 and 4-4 in the second half. Madison fell to 20-23, 2-5 in the second half.
Six different Dock Spiders tallied a multi-hit game, including Nick Mitchell (Western Illinois), Evan Smith (West Virginia), Jackson Loftin (Oral Roberts), Cole Messina (South Carolina), Daylen Reyes (UCLA) and Tyeler Hawkins (Louisville). Smith also tied his career-high with four RBI.
On the mound, Luke Vaks (3-0, College of Charleston) earned the win after three shutout innings with five strikeouts to improve his team-best scoreless streak to 18 consecutive innings. The appearance also lowered his ERA to a team-best 0.87. Bryce Leedle (0-1, St. Thomas) took the loss for Madison.
The Dock Spiders got on the board in the first off a sacrifice fly from Grant Hussey (West Virginia). The Mallards would respond with two in the second before the Dock Spiders scored 13 unanswered runs, including seven in the fourth inning, to take a 14-2 lead.
The Dock Spiders would tie the game on a wild pitch in the third before they recorded seven runs on just four hits in the fourth inning. Nick Mitchell, Grant Hussey, Brendan Comia (Illinois), Kemp Alderman (Ole Miss) and Cole Messina all tallied an RBI in the inning, with Alderman being the only one to tally multiple RBI off a double to the wall in right.
In the sixth, the Dock Spiders would continue the offensive output with five more runs, including a two-run triple from Tyeler Hawkins and a two-run home run from Evan Smith.
The eighth inning would then feature 10 combined runs, with five from each side. After the Mallards tallied five in the top of the inning, the Dock Spiders put up five more to break the franchise record. Smith started the scoring with his second two-RBI hit of the night before Loftin single home another. Jack O’Dowd (Texas) and Garrett Cutting (Oregon) would each bring a run home to finish out the scoring.
The two teams will meet for the final time in Madison tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m.
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.